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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Curtis Mayfield Reply with quote

I don't want to bury the guy in either of the underrated/underappreciated threads. I am currently listening to this birthday mix podcast of classic Curtis jams and my heart feels like a balloon being slowly blown up.

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If you love soul music and only associate the man with Superfly, then there is a small universe of genuine magic awaiting you.

Fun fact: Curtis and the Impressions' three-part male harmony style was directly imitated by almost every Jamaican vocal group in the 60's and 70's. No Curtis, no Bob & the Wailers.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was literally just talking about putting some Curtis on the ol ipod the other day. My all time favorite song from him was track one on Curtis. (Don't Worry)If There Is A Hell Below We're All Going To Go. This song was way ahead of it's time, then it bleeds into blaxploitation funk. The whole album is smoking, but when I first heard this song when I was like 15 I realized I was unto something cooler than cool.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Curtis' first solo album is next level in many ways. Same year as What's Going On, but Curtis is by far the heavier, deeper album, imho. It's amazing to me how as a lyricist he never dilutes or compromises the hard truth of what he's talking about, but somehow always leave us feeling optimistic and positive -- sounds trite, but it's incredible that he can pull it off, given how deep some of his stuff can cut. Who else could get away with starting an album with something like the intro to Hell Below, or ending with a song like Give It Up? Is there a more powerful song about racial self-doubt than We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?

Now that summer's here, I'm pulling There's No Place Like America Today off the shelf and gluing it to my record player.
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