Never Say You Can't Survive
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||Show Me Love||Curtis Mayfield||5:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Just Want to Be With You||Curtis Mayfield||3:14||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||When We're Alone||Curtis Mayfield||5:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Never Say You Can't Survive||Curtis Mayfield||3:22||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I'm Gonna Win Your Love||Curtis Mayfield||4:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||All Night Long||Curtis Mayfield||4:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||When You Used to Be Mine||Curtis Mayfield||3:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Sparkle||Curtis Mayfield||4:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Even by Curtis Mayfield’s standards, Never Say You Can’t Survive is especially gentle in tone and sweet in disposition, but it nonetheless displays an undercurrent of forlornness — and with reason: this was the album with which he bid goodbye to his ‘70s heyday. Never Say You Can’t Survive is the last record to feature the band that had carried Mayfield through a sterling run of almost 15 albums: Craig McCullen (guitar), Tyrone McCullen (drums), Joseph “Lucky” Scott (bass), and “Master” Henry Gibson (percussion). To Curtis, this crew was more than a band, it was a family, and by 1977 their communication was effortless, but always nuanced. Never did they overplay. Much credit also goes to Richard Tufo, Mayfield’s longtime arranger. For proof of his acumen just check the horns on “Just Want to Be With You,” or the clarinet that is subtly woven into the title track. The effect here is not as cataclysmic as Superfly,” but as the last statement of a genuine musical family, Never Say You Can’t Survive represents Mayfield at a personal peak.
This is a Gem. I especially liked his interpretation of Sparkle. Curtis is definetly the man. Unfortunately, because of his realness, much of the world will never really know his true genius. He and J dilla are synonomous, the embodiement of artistry past and present. The Future?
Take off my shoes if you want to get loose says it all.
One of my favorites.
This album may be may favorite Curtis album, don't hesitate.
Born: June 3, 1942 in Chicago, IL
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s