#228 Curtis Mayfield.... Curtis

Released 1970

 

This was considered a black activist album in 1970. It's interesting to note the difference between black activist albums in 1970 compared to 1990, and later. Mayfield is optimistic about how the black, and white folks will soon live in harmony. By the 1990's bands like NWA had put up a big shield, and seemed to have no interest in coexisting peacefully. Did the dream die completely? I hope not.

   This album is not all upbeat, milk, and honey stuff. Mayfield sings about the struggles of the black man, and depression. It's not always a pretty picture.

   Musically the album is very rich with a whole orchestra backing his very good band on many songs. "Move on up" is a classic song that is very underrated. In fact I think this entire album is underrated. It should be talked about right up there with Marvin Gaye's "What's going on". I actually like this album better than Gaye's classic.

 

I give this album 4 stars out of 5

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