Kiss This World Goodbye
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||Theme (For the People) [Opening]||Mtume||1:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Funnin'||Mtume||5:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Kiss the World Goodbye||Mtume||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Insert||Mtume||0:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Closer I Get to You||Mtume||3:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Love Lock||Mtume||4:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Funky Constellation||Mtume||4:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Closer to the End||Mtume||4:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Metal Flake Mind||Mtume||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Phase I (40 Seconds Dedicated to All Conga Players)||Mtume||0:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Day of the Reggin||Mtume||3:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||This Is Your World||Mtume||3:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Theme (For the People) [Exit]||Mtume||0:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
After three albums of Pharoah Sanders–influenced spiritual jazz, Mtume used Kiss This World Goodbye to embrace the thick and juicy R&B sound that would bring the group mass appeal. Though the effect of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic is strongly felt on “Just Funnin’,” “Funky Constellation,” “Kiss the World Goodbye,” and “Metal Flake Mind”—all four superlative tracks—James Mtume and company were reaching for new styles and sounds in R&B. “The Closer I Get to You” boasts the taut and propulsive architecture of late-'70s dance funk, but the group found their true voice in the tantalizingly slow, nearly forlorn balladry of “Closer to the End.” Using the patience and restraint they'd learned playing jazz, the musicians were able to create ballads that were as cavernous and impactful as they were spare. There's so much intoxicating humidity in “This Is Your World” that you can practically watch the steam rising off the song. At the end of the '70s, the entire field of R&B was searching for a new identity; Kiss This World Goodbye was one of the albums that pointed the way forward.
What a wonderful suprirse! This album is a classic, and is a must for any Mtume fan. If you liked their later albums, you'll love this. Thumbs up to iTunes for finally getting this into their catalog. No more waiting for the occasional foreign limited editions! Thank you.
Closer to the End
My favorite song by Mtume is Closer to the End. I love when songs - old or new - use street slang when the female lead sings the line, "So come on, come on, come on, come on baby, let's get with the real." I love it. The best I'll recommend this song to anyone.
Years Active: '70s, '80s