Is it wrong that I masturbated for the entirety of this record?
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
J'ai un peu surnoté cet album mais il est ici question de la survie de notre espèce
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!
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.
Another fine album from Mr Mayfield. I am a real fan.
Damn! This was a beauty!
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
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.
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!?
Smooth vocals and light funk and soul underscore these tunes to show that there's something lurking in the depths of the US. Best Tracks: Billy Jack; When Seasons Change; So in Love
Soulful, spiritual. Feels very mature, laid back, but tightly controlled. I'm not particularly spiritual, so I could do without "Jesus", but it's still a great album overall. Favorite tracks: "Love to the People", "Hard Times"
Una voz excelente acompañados de unos vientos muy bien armados.
Music is good when it sounds good and this sounds good like good music
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".
Really enjoyed this, will pickup the vinyl
Amazing album. Great mix of music, lyrics, commentary, and Mayfield's classic vocals.
I should sample the drummer.
Stiam doar Move on up de la Curtis. Un album soul foarte placut și scurtuț la doar 35 de minute. Multe elemente psihedelice si de gospel. Linii de bass foarte funky iar vocea subtire si inalta de neconfundat a lui Curtis. O săritură in timp in anii 70 soul ai Americii
That's a concrete 5
Probablement le meilleur album funk/R&B que j'ai écouté à date. Pas un moment faible.
I'll get one thing clear. I think Curtis Mayfield is one of the most talented, influential and all-round spectacular artists to have spent time on this blue spinning orb. This album is soulful and magnificent. Apart from Jesus. Despite Jesus, this is still a Curtis Mayfield album and it has to get five stars. If you've given it fewer, you need to give your head a shake.
5 freaking stars!
Bonitas raíces del soul
Absolutely loved this. Curtis Mayfield was a big listen at Uni, but this was all new to me.
Really great! Would love on vinyl!
Nothing like an afternoon grooving to the smooth sounds of Curtis Mayfield.
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.
Very cool. Soulful/funky with great instrumentals and unique falsetto vocals.
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.
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"
some good chill vibes for this one
4/5 - Great but not memorable in my opinion; not my style perhaps?
Really soulful album. So in Love is the best song on the album. 7/10.
Wow! A dang good mellow album!
I like this music but I dont know, the album as a whole was kind of boring. I really liked Billy Jack.
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Billy jack, So in love, Love to the people
Wheeeewww that SOUL man
So smooth and mellow. Liked it!
This funky as hell…. Ultra cool from the super fly!!!
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.
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
Makes Monday sound like a Sunday.
Clean sound, tenor vocals. It’s not my style, but it’s very interesting soul album
Heartwarming and deep May need a couple of more listens
It's the same case as with electronic music - it's impossible to make bad RnB/Funk album.
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.
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
Curtis Mayfield is a musical and poetic genius who is not afraid to push a few buttons.
I've never heard this album but Curtis Mayfield is awesome and this album is too.
long album as his voice never leaves the same single tone but was good
Funk and Jesus!
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.
Skön, lite roliga melodier/instrument och politisk. Precis vad man tänker om 1975!
I already had Superfly in this list, and this doesn’t quite hit the same heights, but still excellent. Adding to the rotation.
Very soulful - lots of similar sounding songs
my initial impression is hippie vibes it has a slow melody, but works for what the genre is. it is an easy album to listen to, very calming the guitar riffs are really good, it reminds me of some old time blues
Sounds good, not the biggest fan, but nice for the background.
Love Curtis Mayfield. Mellow album.
I really liked his voice and the songs are impossible to dislike. Very solid album overall!
listened to some of it...vibes!
Some funky songs, some chilled out ballads. Short album. Bit God Squaddy on some songs
Nice mix of wah-wah funky bass and horns, if a little slow. Standout tracks: Billy Jack Hard Times Love to the People
I didn't get the meaning of all songs from this album, but it's one of that cases where a classical is easily recognizable.
Very soothing and enjoyable listen.
Dig it. Funky stuff with a unique voice.
Was totally unfamiliar with this album and really enjoyed it, despite it being quite short. I hadn't realized that Mayfield penned Baby Huey's "Hard Times" until I heard it on this album. Good listen worth another round.
Hooked straight in due to that funky bass and guitar, then the vocals come in and daaamn what a combo. Another person I knew the name of but never listened to. I'm in a coffee shop and I can't sit still, such a vibe. Unfortunately none of the other songs hit that high for me, but they were still soulful as hell. Love to the People may be my 2nd fav. This Wiki anecdote is worth noting: "On August 13, 1990, Mayfield became paralyzed from the neck down after stage lighting equipment fell on him while he was being introduced at an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. Afterwards, though he was unable to play the guitar, he continued to compose and sing, which he found he could do by lying down and letting gravity pull down on his chest and lungs." Gotta admire that dedication.
I feel like Curtis Mayfield had THE definitive soul sound of the 70s. His aesthetic was infectious and caught on like wildfire. Listening to this, you can tell Marvin and Curtis were listening to/influencing each other. This one just got better and better with repeated listens.
Curtis sure was one funky guy
-pretty nice groovy stuff, but nothing to go crazy over -i like the high-pitched backing vocals -not as strong as his "Pusherman" album
A real discovery, a brilliant album and none of his big hits.
Worth a second listen …
Beautiful soulful and funky record. Love the bass tones and the guitar. Great arrangements. Slower than his other stuff I've heard.
The world is a smooth and terrible place.
You understand that you're getting old when soul music doesn't sound embarrassing anymore. Sweet! I'm in, deeply.
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.
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
I think he has a lovely voice and I liked the vibes/range of themes
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.
3/5 It's nice. First listen. I enjoyed it but don't think it's anything special.
I need more mayfield in my life.
Good groovy soul - I think there's other Curtis albums I prefer though
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.
Enjoyed it. Was better in the evening than the day time.
Mellow for a summers day but not outstanding. 3*
Erg soulfull album. Niet direct mijn genre, maar ik vond het wel oké 3*
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very soulful, but honestly? Too short.
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. ***
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.
3/5 nothing memorable
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.
An OK album, but it features none of my favourite Curtis Mayfield tracks.
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.
Voz bucólica. Toques blues.
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
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.
Heeft een paar goede nummers maar je moet er maar van houden
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.
IMO not Mayfield's best work, but it's hard to beat 70s Soul/Funk. That album cover is the shit, however.
Maybe I just wasn't feeling this genre today. But I do enjoy this type of music.
Great musician, great voice but an unexciting collection of songs with no real stand outs to move or excite you.
Good guitar, mix of race/religion topics.
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.
Smooth and soulful, but the wispy voice and minimalist arrangements start to sound pretty similar after a while.
I find it hard to imagine disliking anything Mayfield did and this is no exception, but nothing in it grabbed me that strongly or really stood out for me.
First half of the albums I was leading towards a 2, the second half is much better and Love to the People is fantastic.
Solides Soul Album ohne wirklich Höhepunkte.
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Maybe it's just the mood I am in but overall this album fell flat. It felt like Curtis Mayfield by numbers rather than being an essential work
I've never heard this album before today. It's not something I'd reach for all the time, but I enjoyed discovering it. Favorite: When Seasons Change
Funk. R& B
if stevie wonder and prince had a love child it would be this album
No es que sea malo, pero no terminé de emocionarme con este disco. A ratos suena como cosas actuales que me gustan (Black Pumas, échenles un ojo) pero nunca llega a reventar.
Un disco sabrosón, con muy buenos metales y música en general muy agradable. Se siente mesurado, bien pensado y nunca apresurado. Nada malo, pero al no ser un entusiasta del género siento que le falta acción, algún punto álgido.
The first track is promising. I like it. I'm excited about the rest of the album. The second track is a bit of a let down if I'm honest. Maybe I was too excited, and expected too much? The third track has started well. This is what I'm talking about. Yes. Soul brother. Fourth track starts promising. He needs to start singing rather than talking though, he's not William Shatner ffs. Here we go. I'm not sure tbh, am beginning to worry this album might not live up to my expectations. The fifth track is ok. A step back towards what I like. Sixth track is good, still a chance this could end well! The last track is decent as well. I mean, it's a decent album. I enjoyed it. Nice to have on in the background, or while you're spending time with your gf or whatever. Yeah, nice. But I mean, this is the 1001 albums you must hear before you die isn't it? I feel that there are loads of better albums in this genre that could have been chosen. It'd not bad, but I could have died without hearing it and not been worse off tbh.
Very different vibe for this next one, particularly after doing them back to back :D Feels very much like the sort of thing that I've quite enjoyed, but will almost certainly never listen to again... I don't know the R&B scene at all, but this is a lovely gentle intro to it, very relaxed in terms of the style of music (even if the first track is about someone getting shot!). Also, at 35 minutes it doesn't overstay it's welcome, only 7 songs too. Not normally a God fan but Jesus is class... Spotify listens suggest a big drop off after the first three songs, but that's not the case in terms of the quality. Tracks 2, 3, and 7 my faves.
Good album. A little on the slow side for me
Billy jack intro de l'album excellent un des soulmen les plus influents et talentueux Le reste de l'album un peu chiant
Like the sound this album has, just not a big fan of his high voice. I wouldn’t return to this album very fast probably.
Some nice vibes, I will come back to it 6/10
Decent start, bad end
I'd only heard Mayfield's first three solo albums before and, while I didn't enjoy this one as much as those, it was a good listen. There weren't any stand out tracks for me but there were some great grooves and melodies, and this is one that I think will grow on me with revisits/deeper dives into the lyrics
This was nice and smooth.
This was nice and chill, but it really did just plod along and I have already forgotten most of it.
Decent R&B, but nothing that really stood out and screamed "I'm a great album!!" It was just kind of there. I'm not disappointed I listened to it, and I'm not ecstatic I listened to it.
listenable is all I can say
Billy Jack and Blue Monday people were the stand outs here for me
Curtis Mayfield was a mildly familiar name, but all of the music on the album was new to me. I enjoyed listening to the album, but none of the tracks stood out to me as something that I'll come back to.
A little slow for my taste
What you know about Curtis nephew? Slowly stand up from your struggle music
Slick, soulful RnB. Every song sounds the same.
So much funk. Pretty good
Funk. Ni fu ni fa.
Definition of a 3 Star album: Decent run time, enjoyable up beat music, not more, not less
Easy listening and perfect for the background.
Good album. Not my favorite from Mayfield.
Unreal instrumental, sax solo we’re sick, not fan of ballads stuck between 3 and 4 stars
I was expecting something from this album that was not delivered. A bit underwhelming. He must have better albums that this, right?
14th April 2022 Listened in the morning before going to the beach, then for a wander around Newport which was very nice indeed. Really enjoyed this! Smooth as silk yet politically relevant today.
Pretty good r&b album. A fun listen.
Приятный, но не слишком запоминающийся фанк/соул. 5 из 10
Fun easy to listen to R&B with a solid bassline. Nothing that I personally grasped onto but I still enjoyed it.
I’m scoring this an incomplete. It really defies an opinion on first listen. I was just sort of meh at first, but then i started to write this note and flipped through the beginning of So in Love and Love to the People. And then listened to the whole thing again. So I have to just say I have to score it with an asterisk and come back at some point. I don’t love his constant whiny falsetto, but everything else is so funky, peaceful, pessimistic… all at once? Really brilliant songwriting.
I dug it. Need to give it another round where I’m able to listen to lyrics closer.
boy if he could see it now
Bass fader to 10. Wah pedal to max. Sit back and enjoy his soulful voice.
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.
It was ok. Background Muzak
Poundshop Prince. Far too serious!
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...
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.
This album was OK ……
OK but not really my cup of tea
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?!
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
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
Not for me :)
Too much of a sweet thing.
Listened before? N Not much to say about this one. I don’t understand why it was popular. The dude just talk/sings in falsetto for way too long. The music is decent but his voice actually wrecks it mostly. Added to library? N Song added to playlist: So in Love
Liiiiite småtråkigt, men ändå mys. Det är ständigt ljud som är sköna för öronen som spelas upp. Vare sig det är ett blåsinstrument eller en mysig synt som kombineras med Curtis röst så är det inget som känns felplacerat. Däremot blir det lite långtradigt bitvis, lite mycket av samma mysiga ljud som bara går i rundgång. Men så länge man befinner i det modusdär man suktar efter att bara låta något lugnt och trevligt rulla på i bakgrunden så är nog detta sällan fel. Det är "något" genomgående en liten känsla av funk inblandat men det blir som tydligast för mig när det är något högre tempo. Det är något som stärker variationen något åtminstone. Bäst: "So in Love"
Ca fait un peu musique d'ascenseur
Un disc que només sobresurt per les seves lletres queda mancat d'una part molt important de la seva essència. No es tracta d'un poemari o un relat, sinó d'una obra musical. No és que Mayfield s'oblidi de l'envoltori, els arranjaments són molt professionals i la seva veu sedosa et transporta per tot el material, però al disc li falta alguna cosa molt semblant a la inspiració
This was really disappointing - the last Curtis Mayfield album was an easy 5/5, full of funky disco hits and was a blast to play. This was almost the opposite - it was slow and dreary. It felt like a chore to sit through, even at just 35min. It even had a cringey song about how great Jesus is on it. What a letdown. 2/5.
Pretty jazzy and bluesy. Seemed like a talented chap.
Me sonó igual todo el disco
Well... this album doesn't vibe with me at all. I can't relate with any of the songs, even though I can hear the craftsmanship that went into it. Strange, but it happens, I guess. 2/5