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People Get Ready: Curtis Mayfield Story
Curtis Mayfield
People Get Ready: Curtis Mayfield Story
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #3

How many harmony groups took their cue from the Impressions? How many songwriters forged a worldview from the compassionate commentary penned by Curtis Mayfield, the group's mouthpiece? People Get Ready! The Curtis Mayfiel...  more »


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All Artists: Curtis Mayfield
Title: People Get Ready: Curtis Mayfield Story
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 2/27/1996
Release Date: 2/27/1996
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
Styles: Funk, Soul, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 081227226220

How many harmony groups took their cue from the Impressions? How many songwriters forged a worldview from the compassionate commentary penned by Curtis Mayfield, the group's mouthpiece? People Get Ready! The Curtis Mayfield Story is a three-disc celebration of the immeasurably influential singer, songwriter, and guitarist as an Impression and as a solo artist. People tend to associate him with Superfly, the seminal blaxploitation flick for which he composed the groundbreaking score. What's striking, however, is how timely Mayfield remained over the course of three and a half decades. Want to understand the mind of a middle-aged African American who's lived through Jim Crow, the civil rights, Vietnam, black power, street crime, homelessness, and even crippling injury (Mayfield was paralyzed in the early '90s)? Listen to these discs. What's striking, though, is that, through all that, he never stopped writing love songs. --Steven Stolder

CD Reviews

We're a Winner
rballjones | Des Moines, IA USA | 12/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I hear the music of Curtis Mayfield in this three-disc box set (51 songs), especially the early stuff, I feel really uplifted. The first 13 songs alone-all gems-are worth the price. To my knowledge, they are not available together on any other recording.In thinking about the contribution he's made to music, it occurred to me that Curtis had all of the rare qualities that made the Beatles so great. He was: (1) a fabulous songwriter; (2) a stone soul singer; (3) a crack musician; (4) a music pioneer; and, (5) politically conscious. Indeed, born in '42, he was a contemporary of the Beatles and was perhaps ahead of them in many ways. While the Beatles were singing, to teenaged girls, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," (early '64), Curtis was telling a woman "I'm So Proud of Being...Loved by You." His music had a maturity and political consciousness ahead of its time. By 1965, for example, he had penned "Woman's Got Soul"
"She may not be the best-lookin' woman, I ever did see,
or have the charms of the ladies of high society.
But the woman's got soul,
worth all"As large corporations increasingly dominate our politics, media, and culture, Curtis's words from 1968 are still right on the money:
"Some people think, we don't have the right,
to say, "It's my country'.
Before they give in,
they'd rather fuss and fight,
than say, `It's my country'".I guess what I like the most about Curtis Mayfield is the honesty of his songs and the pure, sweet expression of his voice. He could really do a heartbreak song, as shown in
"I Loved and I Lost...and I might as well confess" Probably my favorite song of all is the single "The Makings of You," which, apparently (incredibly), did not chart in 1970.

"Add a little sugar,
Honeysuckle Lamb,
a great big expression of happiness...
The joy of children laughing around you,
these are the makings of you."Actually, it doesn't matter what he's singing on this song. The purity and soulfulness of his voice is apt to bring a tear. And the music is so pretty; it could be on the soundtrack to a movie. Many people enjoy the "Superfly" era of Curtis Mayfield (roughly 1970-73)-with it's funk-like rhythms and orchestration on songs such as "Move on Up" "Freddie's Dead" "Get Down" and "Pusherman". In fact, that's the music most people probably think of when they hear his name. That period is well represented in this set, mostly on disc two. My favorites are "We Got to Have Peace," "If I Were Only a Child Again" and 1975's "So in Love." There are three live songs at the end of disc one, "Check Out Your Mind," "Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey)", and "Stone Junkie" which shows a different side of Curtis-as the leader of a band that could funk and groove, and connect with a live audience.On disc three ('76-`90), Curtis exhibits a more laid-back approach, including a return to love songs such as "Between You Baby and Me" (with Linda Clifford), "Love Me, Love Me Now" and "Tripping Out". He never lost his social conscious, however, as represented in the songs "Mr. Welfare Man" and "Homeless" I enjoy discs two and three but, overall, I'm partial to the stuff did with the Impressions (12 songs), and his earliest solo stuff (on disc one). This disc, by itself, is worth every dime you pay for the set. This box set includes a well-written booklet about Curtis's music career, with many great photos."
Rest in Peace
Sean C. | 03/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rest in Peace to a great lyricist and a humble man. When I heard he died, I felt as if someone in my family passed. His words of unity, peace and harmony within the black community and throughout the world will live on in our hearts forever. Please pick up this "album," give respect where it is justly due. Listen to the song "People Get Ready," it describes ascending to heaven; he's finally home. Rest in peace, brother..."
A Fitting Tribute
Eric V. Moye | New York, by way of Dallas | 04/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rhino ought to be praised for the work they brought together here. Starting with the great hits of his days with the Impressions, this three-disc collection has just about all one would want from a true genius, and is a great survey. "Amen", "Keep on Pushing", "People Get Ready" show Curtis' roots. Hew has great love songs, also, like my personal favorite "Fool For You". Then, we get into Superfly, and the great hits from Curtis' solo career, like "Get Down" and "Hell Below".He had a great run, and did tons of good music. This is a great place to get much of it."