The Anthology 1961-1977

Curtis Mayfield / Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions

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The Anthology 1961-1977 Review

by Steve Huey

MCA's double-disc The Anthology 1961-1977 is the definitive overview of Curtis Mayfield's career, as the only compilation to draw from both his solo work and the best of his output with the Impressions. In fact, even discounting the four Curtom tracks that spill over onto disc two, the first disc's 26 selections constitute far and away the most extensive Impressions best-of on the market. Toss in ten of the most essential Mayfield solo tracks, and the result is breathtaking in its progression from romantic soul, often informed by doo wop and gospel, to expansive, ambitiously arranged funk jams. It's also fascinating to hear Mayfield's social conscience emerging as the '60s progress, since he was among the very first R&B artists to explore political issues in his music, paving the way for countless others to do so during the '70s. If you're only interested in Mayfield's funkier solo work, Rhino's The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield features all but one of the solo tracks included here, plus several more. But in order to fully grasp Mayfield's impact on R&B and his talent as a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, The Anthology 1961-1977 is absolutely essential.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:20
2 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
3 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
4 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
5 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:17
6 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
7 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
8 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:48
9 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
10 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:49
11 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:33
12 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
13 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
14 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
15 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
16 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:38
17 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
18 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
19 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
20 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
21 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
22 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
23 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
24 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:24
25 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
26 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:19 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
2 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
3 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 03:18
4 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield feat: The Impressions 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
5 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 08:54 SpotifyAmazon
6 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 07:52 SpotifyAmazon
7 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
8 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 07:26 SpotifyAmazon
9 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 05:27 SpotifyAmazon
10 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
11 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 05:04 SpotifyAmazon
12 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 05:13 SpotifyAmazon
13 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
14 Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions / Curtis Mayfield 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
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