The Impressions

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A compilation of Impressions tracks, originally recorded on Curtom and Chi-Sound Records after their successful stint at ABC Paramount Records. This features some of Curtis Mayfield's last efforts with the group, including the uplifting and thought-provoking "Check Out Your Mind," "Mighty Mighty," "This Is My Country," and "Choice of Colors," along with romantic sides like "Fool for You" and "Gone Away." The group never filled Mayfield's shoes after his departure, but tried like hell with Leroy Hutson, Reggie Torian, Nate Evans, and Ralph Johnson; of the four, only Torian could mimic Mayfield. Despite 19 tracks, this isn't definitive; for some reason they omitted two essentials, "I Wish I Stayed In Bed" and "Sunshine." Johnson displays a strong lead on "Finally Got Myself Together" and "Loving Power." Features an unknown gem in "Maybe I'm Mistaken," a beautiful, understated ballad.

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