A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield
– a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield
exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal masterpiece – to the career of Curtis
what the early solo albums of Issac Hayes were to his own genius – a bold, unfettered statement of pride and power – of the sort that would both make Mayfield
and the Curtom Records label forces to be reckoned with in the 70s. Every cut is a classic – and titles include "Move On Up", "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", "Wild & Free", "Give It Up", "The Makings Of You", "The Other Side Of Town", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue". 2LP version has some great bonus tracks – including "Suffer", "Ghetto Child (demo)", "Underground (mono demo)", "Readings In Astrology (demo)", "Power To The People (mono demo)", "If There's A Hell Below (backing track)", "Makings Of You (backing track)", and "Miss Black America (demo)".
(50th Annivarsary Edition!)