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Really more of an Impressions collection than a Curtis Mayfield one, this 16-track set spotlights Mayfield's time with the group and includes the classics "Gypsy Woman," "It's All Right," "I'm So Proud," and the gorgeous "People Get Ready," making a nice introduction to the early part of Mayfield's career before he went out on his own and began working a harder urban side of the musical street, although his themes and approach stayed remarkably consistent throughout it all. A master songwriter and arranger, this charming anthology shows he was something special from the very start.


Born: 03 June 1942 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Perhaps because he didn't cross over to the pop audience as heavily as Motown's stars, it may be that the scope of Curtis Mayfield's talents and contributions have yet to be fully recognized. Judged merely by his records alone, the man's legacy is enormous. As the leader of the Impressions, he recorded some of the finest soul vocal group music of the 1960s. As a solo artist in the 1970s, he helped pioneer funk and helped introduce hard-hitting urban commentary into soul music. "Gypsy Woman," "It's...
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Soul
  • Released: 01 August 1997

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