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Aside from the Superfly soundtrack (which has rightfully attained legendary status), much of Curtis Mayfield's early-'70s work has been criminally overlooked. 1971's Roots is a perfect case in point. It's a compelling suite of songs that explore Mayfield's interests in socio-political issues, and there's a strong feel for romance in the sound. Horns, strings, guitars, keyboards, and complex percussion outline the landscapes that have Mayfield seeking equality for people everywhere. It should have been every bit as important and influential as Marvin Gaye's well-known classic What's Goin' On. Songs such as "Keep On Keeping On," "We Got to Have Peace," and "Beautiful Brother of Mine" offer a worthy counterpoint to (and cohesion with) Gaye's anthems of the era. This edition of the album features four bonus tracks, including a demo version of "Underground" and single edits of three of the album's best cuts. Mayfield's knowledge of the recording studio ensures that everything he touches has an eloquence rare in any age.

Customer Reviews

Curtis is the Greatest

This is just another example of the pure genius of Curtis Mayfield

Roots

Another great example of Curtis Mayfield's timeless social commentary and incredible musicianship.

Greatness!

RE: Quite Boring - You're obviously too young to understand what good music is. And it's obvious you don't know Curtis Mayfield, as your only reference is the Superfly Soundtrack...kids these days!

Biography

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...
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