No One Knows About A Good Thing (You Don't Have To Cry)
Just A Little Bit Of Love
We People Who Are Darker Than Blue
I Believe In You
Here But I'm Gone
It Was Love That We Needed
The Got Dang Song
The Girl I Find Stays On My Mind
Let's Not Forget
Oh So Beautiful
Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples are among the guests on Curtis Mayfield's too-long overdue new recording. — No Track Information Available — Media Type: CD — Artist: MAYFIELD,CURTIS — Title: NEW WORLD ORDER — Street Release D... more »ate: 10/01/1996« less
Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples are among the guests on Curtis Mayfield's too-long overdue new recording.
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Title: NEW WORLD ORDER
Street Release Date: 10/01/1996
Brilliant work. I'm only sorry it took twenty years
after its release for me to "discover" this gem.
Highly, highly recommended for lovers of real soul music.
Carolyn B. from MARIETTA, GA Reviewed on 4/20/2007...
Beautiful tribute to curtis by various artists!
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A Stunning Coda To A Brilliant Career
Gavin B. | St. Louis MO | 03/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In his forty odd years as musician, Chicago native Curtis Mayfield career took his fans to mountain and back, and we are all better people for the journey. It will be sometime in the future when Mayfield's considerable contributions to popular music will be fully realized. Co-founder of the Impressions with Jerry Butler, Curtis' deep roots in early doo-wop and latin music is reflected in their early chart-topper, "Gypsy Woman". Butler left the Impressions and Mayfield took the reigns and wrote and produced the long streak of gospel influenced hits associated the their classic era. Songs like "Amen", "People Get Ready" and "Keep On Pushing" became touchstones of the civil rights movement and songs of hope for the downtrodden. By the end of the sixties, when Mayfield went solo, his songcraft developed a deep harmonic complexity and along with Marvin Gaye, Curtis became one of great topical composers of the era. He embraced the newly emerging funk music, pioneered by James Brown and his perfoming ensemble struck dance ready groove as Mayfield became one of great guitar innovators of the seventies. He began experimenting with a wah-wah pedal and using sonic atomospheric washes of sound, as a counterpoint to the rock steady bass grooves. Subsequently his guitar playing became widely imitated by both rythym and blues and rock and roll guitarists. In 1972, Mayfield wrote the soundtrack to "Superfly" a small movie aimed at exploiting a black target audience. The album is arguably the best movie soundtrack of the 1970s and Mayfield directed his energies to writting soundtracks throughout most of the Seventies including an underrated collboration with Aretha Franklin for the movie "Sparkle". Curtis was also a mezmerizing live performer and the album "Curtis Live" is a showcase of the silky Mayfield falsetto, his highly stylized guitar playing and his genius as a bandleader. By the beginning of the Eighties, Mayfield's popularity was declining due to the rise of hip-hop but Mayfield continued to tour and record. In 1990, Mayfield was seriously injured when a lighting rig fell on him during a concert in Brooklyn. Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down as a result.There are feats of artistic determination that stagger the imagination of us mere mortals. Henri Matisse became so ill he could no longer paint at his easel, so he improvised colorful and brillant cut-outs of scraps of paper while bedridden. Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel on his back, atop a precarious network of scaffolding that rose from the floor nearly three stories to the ceiling. To record "New World Order", Curtis Mayfield had to lie flat on his back with a boom microphone and record a single line at a time. It is a stunning testament to the will of a man who had been all but written off as an artist, because of his injuries. Most of the songs here had to be sung and written down by friends and relatives. Curtis' soprano is as smooth as ever and he is still capable of sliding into his trademark falsetto. The guitars and synthesiers are played by a group of proxy musicians who are obviously familar with the Mayfield syle. The arrangements have the indeliable stamp of a Mayfield production. The songs are in the classic mode of Mayfield's socially conscious era of songcraft. Mayfield deals with the gap between expectations and reality as he appropriates the right-wing catchphrase "New World Order" and transforms it into a song of hope. "The Got Dang Song" is a bubbling reggae number that sounds like it could have been written by Bob Marley, his Jamaican soul brother. "Just A Little Bit Of Love" revisits the Mayfield's lifelong theme of redemption through love. "Back To Living Again" is a song where Curtis comes to terms with his injury and is, as always, a beacon of optimisim. Considered as a whole, "New World Order" is among the finest of Mayfield's recordings and is a stunning coda to a brilliant career."
A voice that will live on
Tyler Smith | Denver, CO United States | 03/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Curtis Mayfield suffered tragedy in his life, but what will be remembered is his indomitable spirit and optimism, both of which are displayed in this great release. As has been well chronicled, Mayfield suffered a paralyzing injury well before "New World Order" was released. But this session is devoid of any reference to that. Instead it is a blend of socially conscious tunes that reflect full awareness of the problems of the day and fresh reworkings of tunes from earlier in his career. Throughout, Mayfield's love of life and hope for better days shine through.That optimism is best expressed in tunes like "Let's Get Back to Livin' Again" and "Miss Martha," but Mayfield is no sunny optimist who has a pair of blinders on. The title cut shows his blend of realism and optimism, speaking in plain terms of problems that have plagued the community, but expressing the belief that a new day is coming: a new world order, where people will take responsibility for their actions and rebuild their communities.Mayfield's glance back at earlier days includes "Darker Than Blue," one of his best tunes from the '70s, and the gentle "The Girl I Find Stays On My Mind." It's as refreshing as it is rare to find an artist who is willing to look back to the roots of his music and incorporate them with current sounds and ideas.Curtis gave himself a great tribute to his career with this release. Those that might have forgotten him or those who never knew about him will find much to appreciate in this CD."
E. D. Loesch | Pacific Northwest | 08/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I admit it, I got cheezed into buying this disc by the sticker with Clapton's plug calling it the greatest album of 1996. Strange thing, it is. A deep personal reflection from Mayfield's later years- filled with pain- but it's no trip down memory lane. These are vibrant, alive, high-caliber tunes in a traditional soul vein. There is the unmistakable Curtis Mayfield sound; the guitar work is superb. His voice never was finer with background by Mavis Staples and Aretha- wow! As a bonus, the audio quality is SUPERB."
Curtis...The spirit lives on.
Santo Mollica | New York, NY USA | 09/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS IS THE LAST DISC RELEASED BY CURTIS BEFORE HE PASSED ON AND THE STORY HAS IT THAT VOCAL MIKES WERE HUNG FROM THE CEILING OVER HIM SO THAT HE COULD SING WHILE LAYING DOWN.WHLE IT DOESNT HAVE THE TRADEMARK MAYFIELD GUITAR SOUNDS, THE VOCALS ARE THERE AND THE DUETS WITH MAVIS STAPLES AND ARETHA ARE HAPPENIN'. THE SPIRIT LIVES ON,"
Huge...expand the ratings to six stars for this CD.
Santo Mollica | 07/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I still don't know why I purchased this disc. I had no exposure to Mayfield's music, I bought it on a whim. One fine whim, I'll tell you. I put it on while working on the computer, listening to it as background music. Soon the computer was off, my feet were up, the lights were dimmed and my ears were tuned in. It's a fantastic group of songs, mesmerizing. They suck you in, one by one. Mayfield has a beautiful voice that rides well with the songs. I can listen and listen over and over, it is joyful and relaxing to listen to. I have never reviewed a disc before, but I am compelled to write about New World Order. Listen to it and I'm sure you'll agree. My credit to the artist, and I agree with Aretha....Go 'head, Mayfield!"