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Editors’ Notes

It's a testament to Curtis Mayfield's musical genius that upon its 1974 release Sweet Exorcist received mixed reviews. Mayfield had set the bar far too high with the funk and soul of Curtis, Roots, and the Superfly soundtrack. While several of the songs here were written between 1969 and 1972, Mayfield's performances don't let on that they're older tunes. The searing ballad "To Be Invisible" (from the Claudine soundtrack) is the obvious centerpiece. But "Ain't Got Time," "Sweet Exorcist," and "Power to the People" feature solid musicianship and Mayfield's trademark falsetto vocals, which turn just about everything he touches into an angelic high. "Kung Fu" was a top 40 hit that maintains a playful vibe and a solid groove. "Suffer," a collaboration with Donny Hathaway, has a beautiful horn and string arrangement that exemplifies the smooth, luxuriant sounds of early- to mid-'70s soul music. In retrospect, Sweet Exorcist is a stirring period piece from a lush and romantic time for soul music.

Customer Reviews

One of the BEST Artist & Album of all time !!!

I remember hearing this album as a child. The COOL that came over me of being on the WEST SIDE of a city like Chicago and listening to this riding w/ my uncle all nite. It's just a feeling u can't define, the music has to be in you. This is early 70's and beyond COOL. YEAH!!!

curtis mayfield sweet exorcist

Curtis mayfield is an extrordinary genius, he was able to move from the early soul sound (which he did very well I must add) and then progress to the funk era with ease. I wish Itunes could add if there is a hell below to the itunes collection because curtis was awsome on that one. But all in all it is good to have any of curtis mayfield on here.

one of the best writers of all time

Curtis was simply put..brilliant,listen to any of his music and you'll understand what i mean.my favorite songwriters are Curtis,Marvin and Stevie period....peace Hector V.

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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