Curtis Mayfield might best be remembered for producing the Super Fly soundtrack but the incomparable soul singer/multi-instrumentalist/composer never eclipsed the genius he achieved on 1970's groundbreaking Curtis. Released shortly after he departed the Impressions, Mayfield's self-titled solo debut set new standards in areas of production, songwriting, and musical fusion. A gripping statement that fearlessly confronted the controversial issues consuming America and urban life, it remains an inextricable part of the R&B landscape. Seldom has an album registered with so many audiences and groups.
Almost unconsciously, with Curtis, Mayfield created the blueprint for the future of psychedelic funk, birth of blaxploitation music, and advancement of elegant soul that placed black music on the same platform as the era's most celebrated pop and rock recordings. On top of it all, the Chicago native delivered message-driven lyrics that challenged the social, economic, and political concerns that had become inherent to the African-American experience.
Mastered from the original master tapes, and available on numbered edition 24K Gold CD from Mobile Fidelity, the eminently soulful Curtis now invigorates the senses and triggers reactions like never before. Mayfield's smooth singing and brilliant production devices resonate with incredible immediacy and breathtaking clarity, all the while retaining the raw spirit and ambitious sophistication Mayfield intended. Whether this 1970 classic is a longtime favorite or you've never heard it, this is the only version to own.
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