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Curtis Mayfield was one of popular music's most important figures throughout the '60s and '70s; it's impossible to summarize his extensive career with just one collection. However, this is a wonderful place to start. Aside from having a smooth and soulful voice, Mayfield was an accomplished songwriter. It's his writing that made his work (both with The Impressions and as a solo artist) the incredible experience it was. This set starts with the sweet and light "Gypsy Woman" and a number of gorgeous early R&B tunes that show influences in gospel and doo-wop, such as "Never Let Me Go" and "Little Young Lover." The majestic "Keep On Pushing" and the inspirational "People Get Ready" signal Mayfield's interest in the social issues that would dominate his early-'70s work. Interested parties should seek out the releases Curtis, Roots, and Superfly for further immersion in this musical genius' work.

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Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions - The Anthology

This album is great. What keeps it from being Super are the tracks that are missing from the "We're a Winner" album. For Impression fans that entire album was a knock out, and is not currently carried in the i-Tunes store. I hope someone sees this review and makes it available soon! Combine the "We're a Winner" album with the "Anthology" and you've got the complete Curtis Mayfield.


This is a must have for any R&B collection! Curtis was truly gifted writer and guitarist. And what a voice!

nice oldies

Track 6 is the best one


Born: June 3, 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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