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Monday, June 23, 2008

Curtis Mayfield Discography

b. 3rd June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

d. 26th December 1999, North Fulton Regional Hospital, Roswell, Georgia, U.S.A.


Curtis Mayfield has played a major pivotal role in soul music over the last 40 years and has influenced countless musicians (and politicians).

Between 1961 and 1971, he wrote a succession of influential singles for his group, including 'Gypsy Woman' (1961), 'It's All Right, (1963), 'People Get Ready' (1965), 'We're A Winner' (1968) and 'Choice Of Colours' (1969).

Curtis wrote tender love songs and those protesting social and political equality.

Decades later Bob Marley lifted lines from 'People Get Ready' to populate his own recording, 'One Love'.

Two independent record companies, Windy C and Curtom, emphasized Mayfield's important role within black music, while his continued support for other artists as composer, producer or session guitarist, enhanced a reputation beyond that of just a singer.

Jerry Butler, Major Lance, Gene Chandler and Walter Jackson are among the many Chicago-based singers benefiting from Mayfield's songwriting skills.

Having parted company with The Impressions in 1970, Curtis began his solo career with '(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go', a suitably astringent protest song.

The following year Mayfield penned his biggest UK success when 'Move On Up', reached number 12, an energetic dancer that charted in the USA and U.K. alike.

There, the awards continued as success was maintained with 'Freddie's Dead' (US R & B number 2 / number 4 pop hit) and the theme from 'Superfly' (1972), a 'blaxploitation' film that he also, wrote.

Both singles and the album achieved gold status, inspiring further excursions into the movies.

The soundtracks including 'Claudine', 'A Piece Of The Action', 'Sparkle' and 'Short Eyes', the last of which featured Mayfield in an acting role.

The singer continued to prove popular and subsequent work, including his production of Aretha Franklin's 1978 album, 'Almighty Fire' is held in high regard.

In 1981, he joined the Boardwalk label, for which he recorded 'Honesty', his strongest album since the days of the early 70's.

The death of the label's managing director left an enormous gap, and Mayfield's career was then blighted by music industry lethargy.

The singer remained a highly popular live attraction, particularly in Britain where '(Celebrate) The Day After You', a collaboration with the Blow Monkeys, became a minor hit.

In 1990, a freak accident, in which part of a public address rig collapsed on top of him during a concert, left Mayfield permanently paralyzed from the neck down.

The effects, both personal and professional, proved costly, but not completely devastating in terms of his musical career.

The material from 'BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert' was gathered from the gig at London's Town And Country Club during Mayfield's 1990 European tour.

In 1993, Warner Brothers released 'A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield' featuring various artists including Lenny Kravitz, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Steve Winwood, which was an excellent tribute to the Mayfield songbook.

Aretha's version of 'The Makings Of You' was excellent.

A year later Charly Records reissued the majority of Mayfields 70's albums on CD as well as several compilations.

In 1996,Rhino Records gathered the best package in a three-CD box set.

At the end of 1996, a new album, 'New World Order' , was released to excellent reviews.

During the recording of 'New World Order', Mayfield had to lie on his front, supended by a harness, in order to give some gravitational power to his voice.

His contribution to soul music has been immense, whatever the limitations of his disability, his voice, however, remained perfect, sensitive and unique.

On Boxing Day 1999, Curtis passed away in his sleep at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, U.S.A. His contribution to society and music is unmeasurable. Curtis Mayfield Obituary

'Pusherman' is utilised as part of the American curriculum in the fight against drugs.

Article From: Links Provided By: FunkyUniversum

  • Curtis (1970)
  • Live (1971) / FLAC
  • Roots (1971)
  • Superfly (1972)
  • Back To The World (1973)
  • Curtis In Chicago (1973)
  • Sweet Exorcist (1974)
  • Got To Find A Way (1974)
  • There Is No Place Like America Today (1975)
  • Give, Get, Take and Have (1976)
  • Never Say You Can't Survive (1977)
  • Do It All Night (1977)
  • Short Eyes (OST) (1977)
  • Heartbeat (1979)
  • Something To Believe In (1980)
  • The Right Combination (with Linda Clifford) (1980)
  • Love Is The Place (1981)
  • Honesty (1983)
  • We Come in Peace With a Message of Love (1985)
  • Live in Europe (1988)
  • Take It To the Streets (1990)
  • New World Order (1996)
some alternative links


  • Curtis Mayfield's Chicago Soul - tracks produced by Mayfield, 1963-1965
  • The Return of Superfly (1990) - soundtrack featuring Mayfield
  • Mayfield : Remixed (2005) - remixes. Not recommended by Simon! :)
  • "The 1st Annual benefit for the Congressional Black Caucus" (1975) - live version of "Give Me Your Love"
  • "Save the Children" (OST, 1973) - features live "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" & "Give Me Your Love", also see on youtube.
  • "Keep On Keepin On" - Live and Studio Rarities
  • "Newport in New York '72, Vol. 6" - features live "Stone Junkie" / "Pusherman"

  • "Live in Montreux" (1987)

  • 'Give It Up' - Best of the Curtom Years 1970-1977
  • 'Superfly' (full solo career comp) (1999)
  • ''Move On Up - The Singles Anthology 1970-'90''

  • Estival Jazz (1988, soundboard)
  • Live @ Modernes FM, Bremen 23-03-1990
  • Live at the Trojan Horse (1990)

Article From: Soulwalking


Simon666 said...

I just re-directed "Love is the Place" to a blog who I supplied with a 320 rip of this album - so 90mb vs 28mb - hope this is ok.

Simon666 said...

.. also added "Short Eyes" 1977, pointing to the 'Blaxploitation Pride' blog entry.

Simon666 said...

... oh, and I added "Superfly" :)

Anonymous said...

please can you re-upload "honesty"
and if you got "We Come in Peace with a Message of Love" to complete mayfield collection
thank you !!!

Simon666 said...

Hi guys,
I added a link for "The Right Combination "(with Linda Clifford). I also added entries for three more albums (but no links). Finally, I made a soundtrack section with the 4 sounstracks that Mayfield wrote/produced.

Simon666 said...

Added miscellaneous and compilations sections with some new links.

J Thyme...kind said...

Very nice archiving. Isley's please.

J Thyme...kind said...

A nice look at the Philly Int. label would be nice?

Simon666 said...

Added link to "Miscellaneous" section :

"The 1st Annual benefit for the Congressional Black Caucus" (1975) - includes live version of "Give Me Your Love"

Simon666 said...

Added link to "Live in Montreux" DVD, 1987 Curtis performance

Anonymous said...

i also would love to have the honesty album if you could provide a link for it. thanks in advance

jcmoss33 said...

Thanks for the Curtis Mayfield albums Curtis and Sweet Exorcist. You guys do a great job! PEace

Simon666 said...

Added a new link for "Roots", also added a bootleg live and rare sessions link to the miscellaneous section.

Simon666 said...

ooops ... the bootleg was a dead link, have asked them for a re-up ..

Anonymous said...

Simon666 said...

You are the MAN Pretoria :) Link added!

Anonymous said...

Simon666 said...

Thanks Pretoria, added to compilations

Simon666 said...

Added to MISCELLANEOUS section :

"Save the Children" (OST, 1973) - features live versions of "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" & "Give Me Your Love".

Simon666 said...

re-linked the Funky Disposition ones ("Honesty" and the 1999 "Superfly" comp)

Simon666 said...

Added to Miscellaneous :
"Keep On Keepin on" - live and studio rarities

Simon666 said...

Added new category "Bootleg" :

Estival Jazz (1988, soundboard, Flac)

See link for more details.

Piazza Della Riforma, Lugano, Switzerland
30. June 1988
Soundboard > DAT > 1st copy > eac > wave > flac frontend
(align on sector boundaries Level 8) >
Size : 322 MB (incl. Artwork)

Setlist :
01. Little Child Running [4:25]
02. Pusherman #1 [6:44]
03. If I Were Only A Child Again [3:25]
04. It`s All Right [3:54]
05. Freddie`s Dead [6:19]
06. Pusherman #2 [7:35]
07. We`ve Gotta Have Peace [4:55]
08. We`ve Only Just Begun [3:53]
09. People Get Ready [4:05]
10. Move On Up [9:33]
11. To Be Invisible / Move On Up (Reprise) [3:56]

Lineup :
Curtis Mayfield - guitar, vocals
Frank Amato - keyboards
Lebron "Benny" Scott - bass
Luis Stefanel - percussion
Lee Goodness - drums

Anonymous said...

Curtis Mayfield - We Come in Peace With a Message of Love / Take it to the Streets

Curtis Mayfield - Keep On Keepin' On (Live and Studio Rarities) [bootleg]

Simon666 said...

Thanks Anonymous :)

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Anonymous said...

why's back to the world a .doc file?

Simon666 said...

See the blog note re .bad files, it's 80mb so presumably it's the same deal.

Anonymous said...

Curtis Live is one of the best live recordings of all time! thanks for the download!

Simon666 said...

Added bootleg :

# Live @ Modernes FM, Bremen 23-03-1990

Simon666 said...

Hi simages -

FunkyDisposition have said they'll be back after a summer break, but in the meantime I've put up an alternative link for "Honesty".

Re "Mighty Mighty", there's a (great) studio version by the Impressions on the album "Young Mod's Forgotten Story", see our Impressions discography for that.

Simon666 said...

oh... you've deleted your questions anyway .. ?!

Simon666 said...

added to Miscellaneous section :

# "Newport in New York '72, Vol. 6" - features live "Stone Junkie" / "Pusherman"

Simon666 said...

FLACS added for "Curtis Live" (1971)

Simon666 said...

Bootleg added :
"Live at the Trojan horse" (1990)

Anonymous said...

The work that you have put into this blog is STUPENDOUS; keep up the good work. Oh by the way, can you add some Stevie Wonder

Anonymous said...

These Mayfield cd's and dvd's were missing from your list.All are official releases.

DVD * Movin On Up - The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions ~ Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions (2008 release)

A fantastic overview of Curtis' career and some stellar performances with his band.Full performances(not talked over,30 second snippets.)Highly recommended!

CD * Live in Europe (1988 release) is THE SAME AS
DVD * Live at Montreux 1987

1. Introduction
2. Ice 9 (Instrumental Featuring Henry Gibson)
3. Back To The World
4. Medley: It's Alright / Amen
5. Gypsy Woman
6. Freddie's Dead
7. Pusher Man
8. We've Gotta Have Peace
9. We've Only Just Begun
10. People Get Ready
11. Move On Up
12. If There's A Hell Below
13. When Seasons Change

CD & DVD * Live at Ronnie Scott's (1988 release)

1. Little Child Runnin' Wild
2. It's Alright
3. People Get Ready
4. Pusherman
5. Freddie's Dead
6. I'm So Proud
7. Billy Jack
8. We Got to Have Peace
9. Move on Up
10. To Be Invisible
11. [Curtis Mayfield Interviewed by Paul Weller]

CD * Live at BBC RADIO 1 (1993 release)

1. Superfly
2. Medley: It's Alright / Amen
3. I'm So Proud
4. Billy Jack
5. Freddie's Dead
6. People Get Ready
7. We've Gotta Have Peace
8. Homeless
9. Move On Up
10. Invisible
11. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're all Gonna Go

Anonymous said...

Oh's another one:

DVD * Curtis Mayfield - In Concert (2001 release)

This 60 minute DVD, from the German "Ohne Filter" series, features the legendary soul singer-songwriter Mayfield. This concert from Germany, filmed on April 28, 1990, stars Mayfield, with Buzz Amato, Randy Keith Brown, Louis Stefanell and Lee Goodness:60 minutes, 11 songs

Simon666 said...

Link added for "Live in Europe" (1988)

Tina said...

Please!! Do you have Curtis Mayfield Gospel?? I have looked at other discogs and can't find it. I know it exists cause its on amazon. Appreciate it.

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