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Curtis Mayfield

1975

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Is it wrong that I masturbated for the entirety of this record?

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J'ai un peu surnoté cet album mais il est ici question de la survie de notre espèce

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Loved this funky and fun. I enjoy any kind of music like this tbh, sometimes it can get repetitive I guess but overall really enjoyed

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that was alright i suppose. didn't really have a standout track and the chances of me ever wanting to listen to this album again are incredibly slim. my opinion of curtis mayfield was higher than it is now i've listened to this album.

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5

Another fine album from Mr Mayfield. I am a real fan.

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5

Damn! This was a beauty!

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Jams

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Una voz excelente acompañados de unos vientos muy bien armados.

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Music is good when it sounds good and this sounds good like good music

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5

Simply legendary.

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The first R&B album I've listened. Cover is full of contrast, based on a 1937 monochrome photograph by Margaret Bourke-White, titled "At the Time of the Louisville Flood".

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5

Really enjoyed this, will pickup the vinyl

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Amazing album. Great mix of music, lyrics, commentary, and Mayfield's classic vocals.

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Really great! Would love on vinyl!

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Nothing like an afternoon grooving to the smooth sounds of Curtis Mayfield.

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Loved it

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interesting title, this is going to be political isn't it lol. nice intro. really nice voice. oh second song's awesome too, this is going to be a 5 easily. 'if you want a good life, best look into yourself'. interesting lyrics, pretty straightforward messages but you could probably tune them out if you're not really paying attention, he sounds so calm all throughout. it's a good balance then i guess. also i love the song lengths, they feel fully realized, hate when songs that sound good end too soon or go on for too long and become diluted, here they're perfect. it was a very satisfying listen all in all. i guess the album could feel a little bit samey but it's just over half an hour long and the variety in song themes makes up for it. first three songs were my favorites but they're all pretty good. it ended it up not being quite a 5 cause 'jesus' did nothing for me but really good otherwise.

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Very cool. Soulful/funky with great instrumentals and unique falsetto vocals.

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Couple of songs on here that didn't really land on me the first time, like Hard Times, but as the album was only 35 mins I went back and relistened to them. I can't really fault any track, great album. And one of the best album covers I've seen.

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now that is a opener to an album not what I expected at all "Don't get me wrong, the man is gone But it's a wonder, he lived this long" "Ah! didn't care nothing about being black" the instruments here are outrageous wow this album is throwing me not what I was expecting really enjoying it JESUS! ... JESUS! ... JESUS! "Doin’ crime wastin’ time! Drinkin’ that wine Drinkin’ and drinkin’ and drinkin’ and drinkin’" "Although he be my brother he wants to hold me up" "News is bad on every TV show So I tune in my radio, talkin' 'bout"

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some good chill vibes for this one

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A fantastic album here, I love listening to it. The music is warm and soulful, full of beautiful arrangements and Mayfield's incredibly evocative songwriting. Mayfield's vocals are flawless, as always. His ability to convey broader social concerns in such quiet, personal terms is a gift that no one else has truly been able to match. For those of you puzzling over a track like "Jesus," I would point out that this is Curtis Mayfield here. There is always a strong underpinning of faith in his work, and this is where soul music comes from. If you enjoy that, I highly recommend checking out his other work, including with the Impressions. Fave songs: Billy Jack, Blue Monday People, So in Love

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4/5 - Great but not memorable in my opinion; not my style perhaps?

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Really soulful album. So in Love is the best song on the album. 7/10.

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nice sound

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Wow! A dang good mellow album!

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Conoscevo Curtis Mayfield solo di nome, probabilmente citato come ispirazione da qualche artista. Cazzo che m'ero perso! Questo album è una bomba. Quasi tutti i pezzi mi hanno praticamente ipnotizzato dall'inizio alla fine per l'eleganza degli arrangiamenti, i testi e la composizione raffinata e disordinata al punto giusto. La voce di Mayfield fa impressione e spesso basta quasi da sola a reggere 4 minuti di pezzo. La cosa che mi ha colpito di più forse è quanto questo disco suoni moderno per essere un disco del '75. La produzione della voce sembra quasi pop contemporanea e anche a livello compositivo mi ricorda l'RnB moderna e artisti tipo The Weeknd o Labrinth. Per me è un 4.5 che non raggiunge il 5 solo per Jesus che è un po' debole rispetto agli altri e il fatto che ogni pezzo finisce in fade e te lo fa sembrare incompleto con le orecchie di oggi. Comunque grande scoperta da approfondire!

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I like this music but I dont know, the album as a whole was kind of boring. I really liked Billy Jack.

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This is Mayfield's "What's Going On". It's subtle yet effective in all the right ways. Fans of "Superfly" and his earlier works should be ready to slow it down. We're just gonna soak this music in and look around. Reflect for a moment. Yeah.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Billy jack, So in love, Love to the people

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Wheeeewww that SOUL man

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So smooth and mellow. Liked it!

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This funky as hell…. Ultra cool from the super fly!!!

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Great lyricism

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Some solid conscious soul and funk. I think it falters a little around the middle of the album, but it starts and ends strong enough to make it to four stars for me.

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Another fantastic album! Keeping the streak alive from last week. Curtis Mayfield is probably my all-time favorite R&B voice, his falsetto is pretty unusual but very affecting. I hadn't heard this album before, but I know "So In Love" very well, thanks to GTAV. The politics on here sneak up on you, it's very effective. And it's still just great music to listen to, some undeniable grooves and melodies. I hope we also get the Superfly soundtrack on here, but I won't hold my breath. Awesome album! Favorite tracks: So In Love, When Seasons Change, Billy Jack, Blue Monday People, Love to the People. Album art: Very telling. The contrast between the American Dream and American Reality. Really like this classic art style too, especially when used ironically. 4.5/5

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Makes Monday sound like a Sunday.

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Clean sound, tenor vocals. It’s not my style, but it’s very interesting soul album

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Heartwarming and deep May need a couple of more listens

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It's the same case as with electronic music - it's impossible to make bad RnB/Funk album.

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A warm, embracable album, quite odd from such a politicised disc. Indeed, the juztaposition between the bitterness of the lyrics and the smoothness of the music works rather well. I was not persuaded, however, by the song Jesus: is religion really the most reliable panacea? It didn't really work on What's Going On, and it doesn't really work on this. Also, perhaps a little too short? Curtis Mayfield already had a fistful of classic albums, so he could afford himself a little space to experiment and indulge. Still, a solid album by a true great.

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I don't know where Mr. Mayfield got his information, but Jesus definitely did drink that wine, drink that wine, drink that wine. Anyway, this was smooth as hell. Best track: So in Love

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Curtis Mayfield is a musical and poetic genius who is not afraid to push a few buttons.

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I've never heard this album but Curtis Mayfield is awesome and this album is too.

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Funk and Jesus!

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The voice is wonderful. Gentle, rich, warm. Lyrically curious, with a meandering nature. The music is quite wonderful; the flow through the whole album makes it seem like an extended jam session, with the focus moving from instrument to instrument. Totally relaxed and yet tight and on the groove.

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Three tracks in, and this album just oozes sex and anger, which is an enjoyable mix! The anger is masked behind the gorgeous arrangements, and is mixed with a hope that maybe we can do better in future. It's certainly lyrically ambitious. It's really good - but falls short of five stars for me. You know when something is so perfectly done you stop noticing it? Like good aircon or a comfy bed? This is the same - it's so musically tight it becomes hard to focus on the songs. A little bit more rawness and it'd be perfect. If that makes sense!?

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Funky! The only thing that brought it down for me is that almost the entire thing is sung in falsetto, or at least that's how it sounds to me. Still worthy of 3 stars.

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This type of music is always easy to listen to in the background, wouldn't say I love it but it's got a certain something

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I think he has a lovely voice and I liked the vibes/range of themes

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Robert Demery est fidèle a lui même en selectionnant un nouvel album completement anodin dans sa liste, la cohérence est respectée, bravo Robert pour ta liste de merde.

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that voiiiiiceeeee

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3/5 It's nice. First listen. I enjoyed it but don't think it's anything special.

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I need more mayfield in my life.

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Good groovy soul - I think there's other Curtis albums I prefer though

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Did you know? Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1990.

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Enjoyed it. Was better in the evening than the day time.

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Mellow for a summers day but not outstanding. 3*

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Erg soulfull album. Niet direct mijn genre, maar ik vond het wel oké 3*

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The first three songs are great... really enjoy the groove of Billy Jack, but somewhere around Jesus, it gets a bit more ordinary. An enjoyable listen, but falls a step down from classic.

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Io sono un soul man e Curtis è un pilastro del genere però a volte in questo disco lo trovo troppo poco supportato dagli arrangiamenti tipici del genere, che lo rendono moderno ma allo tempo stesso i pezzi non mi emozionano come dovrebbero. Questo diviene evidente in un pezzo come Hard Times che è bello però non ha lo stesso impatto della versione di Baby Huey. Mi sembra veramente un coito interrotto a tratti. Voto 3.5 ma con punizione.

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Interessante, mi ha colpito molto già dalla prima traccia. Solo che verso la fine ho iniziato ad accusare i toni soft della Soul music. Non riesco a dargli 4 per questo motivo, ma riconosco la bellezza di quest'album e la bravura di Curtis, che non conoscevo e che, leggendo la sua biografia, è stato proprio sfortunato... Poraccio!

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The list of all-time best falsetto performers has to include the likes of Smokey Robinson, Barry Gibb, Prince and Philip Bailey. And Curtis Mayfield throws his hat in the ring here in a big way. We probably don't appreciate Curtis Mayfield enough. He's a two time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, fathered ten (!) children, and wrote "People Get Ready". This isn't his best album, and honestly it underwhelms. It's a bit too preachy for seductive purposes. There's a better representation of the Mayfield Magic yet to come on this list.

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Very soulful, but honestly? Too short.

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Zwaar relaxt soul-album! Heerlijk!! Laat je niet misleiden door de hoes, die me aan Mary Poppins doet denken. Mijn favorieten zijn toch weer up-tempo nummers: "Billy Jack" en "Love to the people". Daarmee heb je ook meteen het probleem van dit album. Het is mij iets te relaxt en het kan wel wat meer pit gebruiken. Laatste kritiekpuntje is dat de hoge stem op een gegeven moment ook kan gaan vervelen. ***

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Mr Superfly himself! Have not listened to anything else he had done and I'm glad we got some! Felt just like his Superfly soundtrack too which I liked. I have no qualms about this album but also nothing that really stood out to me. Great start to the week and so much better than a live album.

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Nice.

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3/5 nothing memorable

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I've only heard of Curtis Mayfield's Move On Up before, never listened to any of his albums. Enjoyed the slow steady funky beats and bass.

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An OK album, but it features none of my favourite Curtis Mayfield tracks.

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That is soulful and electric! The starting and landing points are wonderful; The rest of the material is nice but musically low-key and vocally didactic. It would have been great to hear that grey area explored more deeply.

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Voz bucólica. Toques blues.

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Pretty good R&B album. None of the songs really separate themselves but the whole album flows nicely. The mellow funkiness with the horns and drums makes this a good smooth listen. 7.3/10

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So much wah-wah pedal, this is some funky guitar. Really high-pitched voice, reminds me a bit of vocalist from The Heavy, but if he was really going as high as he could. Very soulful album, had it on the background but didn't really pull me in too much. I'd be willing to bet there are quite a few babies that were born because of this album.

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Heeft een paar goede nummers maar je moet er maar van houden

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Al ver el título de este álbum no esperaba mucho, sin embargo lo subestime demasiado, tiene canciones que son buenas y otras que solo son canciones.

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IMO not Mayfield's best work, but it's hard to beat 70s Soul/Funk. That album cover is the shit, however.

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Maybe I just wasn't feeling this genre today. But I do enjoy this type of music.

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Great musician, great voice but an unexciting collection of songs with no real stand outs to move or excite you.

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Good guitar, mix of race/religion topics.

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This was all right. I was eagerly expecting a pizza delivery from a mustached delivery man that I simply don't have cash to pay for do you accept any other forms of payment? while listening to this album.

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5/10

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This was alright but a bit boring. I wanted to like it more than I would. For a 36 min album it felt longer. Too much Jesus too.

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It was ok. Background Muzak

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Poundshop Prince. Far too serious!

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Not sure how much I like Funk, or at least this kind of funk. Its kinda slow and cheesy. And not really singing a melody, but rather reading out a long essay in the form of song ? I can appreciate the politics and social commentary in these songs, but I just don't enjoy the music. Oh god I'm only 2 tracks in, I thought I was halfway through...

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Curtis Mayfield's R&B album from 1975 was funky and a good listen. Although it's not my type of music and the album is showing its age. I wasn't moved by it, but it helped pass the time.

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This album was OK ……

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OK but not really my cup of tea

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Bit religious

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Irgendwie möchte ich das gut finden, weil es soulig und funky ist. Leider hören sich alle Songs gleich an und das wird auf die Dauer echt öde. Aber: Jesus! War KEIN Hustler. Wer hätte das gedacht?!

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Hab’s nur so nebenbei gehört. Es löste nicht sehr viel in mir aus, und mein innerer Banause war stark und wollte sich immer einfach Move On Up wünschen. Naja, auch nicht so schlimm jetzt. 2,4

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Lade jemanden zum Essen ein, verwöhn diese Person, leg sie flach - hier ist dein Soundtrack; on repeat. (Tipp: nicht auf die lyrics hören) 2.0

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Not for me :)

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Tefrfg

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