Curtis Mayfield - Discography 1961-2000

24CD'S Including Soundtracks By Curtis
Soul, Funk, Rn'B | 1961-2000 | Mp3 192-320kbps | +Covers | 1.6 GB @ RS | Labels: Curtom / Buddah records

Curtis Mayfield was a driving force in black music from the early '60s through the mid-'70s, as a singer, writer, producer, and label owner.
Mayfield began singing with gospel groups such as the Northern Jubilee Singers, who were part of his grandmother's Traveling Soul Spiritualist Church. He met lifelong friend and collaborator Jerry Butler at a gospel function, and they went on to form the Impressions, a rhythm & blues vocal group, in 1957. In 1958 they, along with Sam Gooden and Richard and Arthur Brooks, recorded "For Your Precious Love" on Vee-Jay Records. Butler's cool baritone dominated the record, and he left to pursue a solo career. Mayfield and Butler teamed up again in 1960, with Butler singing and Mayfield writing and playing guitar on "He Will Break Your Heart" (Number Seven pop, Number One R&B). A re-formed Impressions with Mayfield, Gooden, and Fred Cash signed with ABC-Paramount and scored with Mayfield's flamenco-styled "Gypsy Woman" (Number 20 pop, Number Two R&B).
Mayfield then entered a prolific period during which his writing and singing would come to define the Chicago sound, which rivaled Motown in the early and mid-'60s. With the Impressions, Mayfield produced, wrote, and sang lead on numerous hits; some included uplifting civil-rights-movement messages. "It's All Right" (Number Four pop, Number One R&B) in 1963; "I'm So Proud" (Number 14 pop), "Keep On Pushing" (Number 10 pop), and "Amen" (Number Seven pop, Number 17 R&B) in 1964; "People Get Ready" (Number 14 pop, Number Three R&B) in 1965; and "We're a Winner" (Number 14 pop, Number One R&B) in 1968 reflect the quality of Mayfield's work.

Meanwhile, as the staff producer for Columbia-distributed Okeh Records, Mayfield wrote memorable music for Major Lance — "The Monkey Time" (Number Eight pop, Number Four R&B) and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" (Number Five pop) — and for Gene Chandler: "Just Be True" (Number 19 pop) and "Nothing Can Stop Me" (Number 18 pop, Number Three R&B). On his own Windy C and Mayfield labels, he produced hits with the Five Stairsteps and Cubie, "World of Fantasy" (Number 12 R&B), and the Fascinations, "Girls Are Out to Get You" (Number 13 R&B), respectively.

In the late '60s Mayfield started his third company, Curtom, this one distributed by Buddah Records. During the '70s Curtom moved from Buddah to Warner Bros. to RSO Records for distribution. In 1970 Mayfield also made a major career move, leaving the Impressions to go solo, though he continued to direct the group's career through the decade.

Solo albums — Curtis (Number 19), Curtis/Live! (Number 21), and Roots (Number 40) all sold well, establishing Mayfield as a solo performer. But it was his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly that is generally considered his masterpiece — an eerie yet danceable blend of Mayfield's knowing falsetto with Latin percussion and predisco rhythm guitars. The 4-million-selling album (Number One, 1972) included two gold singles, "Superfly" (Number Eight pop, Number Five R&B) and "Freddie's Dead" (Number Four pop, Number Two R&B); it sold an additional million copies as a tape. It foreshadowed Mayfield's continued involvement with film in the '70s. He scored Claudine, writing the Gladys Knight and the Pips' single "On and On" in 1974; Let's Do It Again, which featured the Staples Singers on the title song in 1975; and Sparkle with Aretha Franklin in 1976. Two years later Mayfield and Franklin would team again for Almighty Fire. In 1977 Mayfield would both score and act in the low-budget prison drama Short Eyes, a critical success.

As a solo artist, Mayfield continued to score with "Future Shock" (Number 11 R&B, 1973), "If I Were Only a Child Again" (Number 22 R&B, 1973), "Can't Say Nothin' " (Number 16 R&B, 1973), "Kung Fu" (Number Three R&B, 1974), "So in Love" (Number Nine R&B, 1975), "Only You Babe" (Number Eight R&B, 1976), and two duets with Linda Clifford: "Between You Baby and Me" (Number 14 R&B, 1979) and "Love's Sweet Sensation" (Number 34 R&B, 1980).

In 1980 Mayfield, who by then had moved with his family (including six children) from Chicago to Atlanta, signed with Boardwalk Records and enjoyed a popular album and singles with Love Is the Place and "She Don't Let Nobody (But Me)" (Number 15 R&B) and "Toot 'n' Toot 'n' Toot" (Number Two R&B). Mayfield rejoined the Impressions for a 1983 reunion tour. Mayfield's recording career hit a wall when Boardwalk went bankrupt, but he formed his own CRC label to release 1985's We Come in Peace With a Message of Love, which went unnoticed, as did his 1990 album for the revived Curtom label (distributed by Atlanta's Ichiban). Mayfield continued touring, however, and was especially popular in England, where the band the Blow Monkeys recorded a duet with him in 1987, "(Celebrate) The Day After You."

In 1990 Mayfield scored the dud movie Return of Superfly; the music was released on an album, Superfly 1990, on which Mayfield collaborated with rapper Ice-T — one of several '90s stars, such as Arrested Development and Lenny Kravitz, to cite Mayfield's influence. On August 14, 1990, while Mayfield was performing an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, New York, a lighting rig fell atop him, leaving him permanently paralyzed from the neck down. Mayfield and the Impressions were subsequently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a lavish and emotional tribute was paid to Mayfield at the 1994 Grammy Awards gala.

In 1994 Shanachie Records released an all-star Mayfield-tribute album entitled People Get Ready, which featured Delbert McClinton, Jerry Butler, Bunny Wailer, and Huey Lewis and the News. Another tribute, A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, included Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Gladys Knight, and Jerry Butler, among others. The enduring appeal of Mayfield's songs is evidenced in the wide range of artists who have recorded them: Deniece Williams ("I'm So Proud"), UB40 ("I Gotta Keep Moving"), David Allan Coe ("For Your Precious Love"), Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck ("People Get Ready"), and En Vogue ("Giving Him Something He Can Feel").
In 1996 Mayfield released his last album, New World Order, which included guest appearances by Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples. Considerably weakened by his quadriplegia, Mayfield was forced to record some of his vocals one line at a time. (This is because the diaphragm, which is crucial to vocal control, was rendered paralyzed by Mayfield's spinal cord injury.) The record was warmly greeted. Unfortunately, complications from diabetes, which had resulted in the amputation of a leg in 1998, led to his death at age 57 in 1999. Just prior to his death, he and the Impressions had recorded their part of an all-star version of "People Get Ready" for the Atlanta's Year 2000 celebration. In 2000 Mayfield was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame and, with the Impressions, he received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award.


With The Impressions - The Anthology

Disc 1
01 - Gypsy Woman
02 - Grow Closer Together
03 - Never Let Me Go
04 - Little Young Lover
05 - Minstrel And Queen
06 - I'm the One Who Loves You
07 - Sad Sad Girl And Boy
08 - It's All Right
09 - Talking about my Baby
10 - I'm So Proud
11 - Keep On Pushing
12 - You Must Believe Me
13 - See the Real Me
14 - Amen
15 - I've Been Trying
16 - People Get Ready
17 - It's Hard to Believe
18 - Woman's Got Soul
19 - Meeting over Yonder
20 - I Need You
21 - You've Been Cheatin'
22 - Man Oh Man
23 - Can't Satisfy
24 - We're a Winner
25 - I Loved and I Lost
26 - We're Rolling On (Part One)

1. Fool for You
2. This Is My Country
3. Choice of Colors
4. Check Out Your Mind
5. Move on Up
6. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go
7. Makings of You
8. Beautiful Brother of Mine
9. Freddie's Dead
10. Superfly
11. Pusherman
12. So in Love
13. Only You Babe [Single Edit]
14. Do Do Wap Is Strong in Here [Single Edit]

Part 1
Part 2

Curtis (Expand Reissue)

1. (Don't Worry) If There Is A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go
2. The Other Side Of Town
3. Wild And Free
4. The Makings Of You
5. Miss Black America
6. Move On Up
7. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
8. Give It Up
9. Power To The People [Demo]
10. Underground [Demo]
11. Ghetto Child [Demo]
12. Readings In Astrology [Demo]
13. Suffer [Demo]
14. Miss Black America [Demo]
15. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
16. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go


Curtis - Live!

1. Mighty Mighty (Spade " Whitey)
2. Rap
3. I Plan To Stay A Believer
4. We're A Winner
5. Rap
6. We've Only Just Begun
7. People Get Ready
8. Rap
9. Stare And Stare
10. Check Out Your Mind
11. Gypsy Woman
12. The Makings Of You
13. Rap
14. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
15. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go
16. Stone Junkie
17.Superfly (live bonus track)
18.Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey) (single version) (live bonus track)

Part 1
Part 2

Roots (Expand Reissue)

1. Get Down
2. Keep On Keeping On
3. Underground
4. We Got To Have Peace
5. Beautiful Brother Of Mine
6. Now You're Gone
7. Love To Keep You In Mind
8.Underground (Demo)
9.Get Down (Single)
10.We Got To Have Peace (Single)
11.Beautiful Brother Of Mine (Single)


Superfly (2 CD Special Edition)

Superfly Original Soundtrack
1-1 Little Child Runnin' Wild (5:28)
1-2 Pusherman (5:07)
1-3 Freddie's Dead (5:31)
1-4 Junkie Chase (Instrumental) (1:42)
1-5 Give Me Your Love (Love Song) (4:21)
1-6 Eddie You Should Know Better (2:21)
1-7 No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song) (4:59)
1-8 Think (Instrumental) (3:49)
1-9 Superfly (3:56)
Additional Tracks & Alternate Versions
2-1 Ghetto Child (Little Child Runnin' Wild Demo) (3:21)
2-2 Pusherman (Alt. Mix With Horns) (6:12)
2-3 Freddie's Dead (Instrumental) (4:50)
2-4 Junkie Chase (Full Length Instrumental) (4:19)
2-5 Militant March (0:56)
2-6 Eddie You Should Know Better (Instrumental) (2:18)
2-7 No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song) (Instrumental) (4:39)
2-8 Superfly (Single Mix) (3:12)
2-9 Freddie's Dead (Single Mix) (3:21)
2-10 Radio Spot #1 (0:29)
2-11 The Underground (Demo) (3:14)
2-12 Check Out Your Mind (4:08)
2-13 Radio Spot #2 (0:24)

Part 1
Part 2

Back To The World

1. Back To The World
2. Future Shock
3. Right On For The Darkness
4. Future Song (Love A Good Woman, Love A Good Man)
5. If I Were Only A Child Again
6. Can't Say Nothin'
7. Keep On Trippin'


Curtis in Chicago

2.For Your Precious Love
3.I'm So Proud
4.Once In My Life
5.Preacher Man
6.If I Were Only A Child Again
7.Duke Of Earl
8.Love Oh Love


Got to Find a Way

1. Love Me (Right In The Pocket)
2. So You Don't Love Me
3. A Prayer
4. Mother's Son
5. Cannot Find A Way
6. Ain't No Love Lost


Sweet Exorcist

1. Ain't Got Time
2. Sweet Exorcist
3.To Be Invisible
4. Power To The People
5. Kung Fu
6. Suffer
7. Make Me Believe In You


Gladys Knight & The Pips - Claudine [Original Soundtrack]
Written & Produced By Curtis Mayfield

1. Mr. Welfare Man
2. To Be Invisible
3. On And On
4. The Makings Of You
5. Claudine Theme (Instrumental)
6. Hold On
7. Make Yours A Happy Home


Staple Singers feat. Curtis Mayfield - Let's Do It Again OST

01 - Let's Do It Again
02 - Funky Love
03 - A Whole Lot Of Love
04 - New Orleans
05 - I Want To Thank You
06 - Big Mac
07 - After Sex
08 - The Chase


There's No Place Like America Today

1. Billy Jack
2. When Seasons Change
3. So In Love
4. Jesus
5. Blue Monday People
6. Hard Times
7. Love To The People


Give, Get, Take & Have

1. In Your Arms Again
2. This Love Is Sweet
3. P.S. I Love You
4. Party Night
5. Get A Little Bit/Give,Get,Take And Have
6. Soul Music
7. Only You Babe
8. Mr. Welfare Man


Aretha Franklin - Sparkle (OST)
Composed & Produced By Curtis Mayfield

1. "Sparkle" (4:13)
2. "Something He Can Feel" (6:21)
3. "Hooked on Your Love" (5:00)
4. "Look into Your Heart" (4:04)
5. "I Get High" (4:11)
6. "Jump" (2:19)
7. "Loving You Baby" (3:48)
8. "Rock With Me" (3:11)


Mavis Staples & Curtis Mayfield - A Piece Of The Action OST

1. Chocolate City
2. Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid
3. Orientation
4. Piece of the Action
5. Good Lovin' Daddy
6. 'Til Blossoms Bloom
7. Koochie Koochie Koochie
8. Getting Deeper


Short Eyes Ost

1. Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here
2. Back Against The Wall
3. Need Someone To Love
4. A Heavy Dude
5. Short Eyes/Freak,Freak,Free,Free,Free
6. Break It Down
7. Another Fool In Love
8. Father Confessor (Instrumental)


Never Say You Can't Survive

1. Show Me Love
2. Just Want To Be With You
3. When We're Alone
4. Never Say You Can't Survive
5. I'm Gonna Win Your Love
6. All Night Long
7. When You Used To Be Mine
8. Sparkle



1 Tell Me, Tell Me (How Ya Like To Be Loved) (6:20)
2 What Is My Woman For? (7:15)
3 Between You Baby And Me (4:40)
4 Victory (3:15)
5 Over The Hump (5:15)
6 You Better Stop (6:51)
7 You're So Good To Me (6:52)
8 Heartbeat (4:23)


Linda Clifford & Curtis Mayfield - The Right Combination

1 Rock You To Your Socks (4:34)
2 The Right Combination (4:43)
3 I'm So Proud
4 Ain't No Love Lost (4:25)
5 It's Lovin' Time (Your Baby's Sensation) (6:21)
6 Love's Sweet Sensation (3:49)
7 Between You Baby And Me (4:40)


Something To Believe In

* Love Me, Love Me Now
* Never Let Me Go
* Tripping Out
* People Never Give Up
* It's Alright
* Something To Believe In
* Never Stop Loving Me


Take It To The Streets

* Homeless
* Got To Be Real
* Do Be Down
* Who Was That Lady
* On And On
* He's A Fly Guy
* Don't Push
* I Mo Git U Sucka


Curtis Mayfield's Chicago Soul

1 Opals* You Can't Hurt Me No More (2:43)
2 Walter Jackson What Would Yo Do (2:36)
3 Major Lance I'm The One Who Loves You (2:06)
4 Billy Butler & The Enchanters* I Can't Work No Longer (2:25)
5 Gene Chandler Good Time (A.K.A. Gonna Be Good Times) (2:20)
6 Major Lance The Monkey Time (2:46)
7 Artistics* Patty Cake (2:04)
8 Billy Butler & The Enchanters* (I've Got A Feeling) You're Gonna Be Sorry (2:19)
9 Major Lance Think Nothing About It (2:14)
10 Billy Butler & The Enchanters* Nevertheless (I Love You) (2:04)
11 Walter Jackson It's All Over (2:57)
12 Billy Butler & The Enchanters* Found True Love (2:31)
13 Major Lance You'll Want Me Back (2:39)
14 Walter Jackson That's What Mama Say (2:21)
15 Billy Butler & The Enchanters* Gotta Get Away (2:15)
16 Walter Jackson Funny (Not Much) (4:09)
17 Opals* You're Gonna Be Sorry (2:24)
18 Major Lance Gonna Get Married (2:20)


New World Order

* New World Order
* Ms. Martha
* Back To Living Again
* No One Knows About A Good Thing (You Don't Have To Cry)
* Just A Little Bit Of Love
* We People Who Are Darker Than Blue
* I Believe In You
* Here But I'm Gone
* It Was Love That We Needed
* The Got Dang Song
* The Girl I Find Stays On My Mind
* Let's Not Forget
* Oh So Beautiful


Love Is the Place

1 She Don't Let Nobody (But Me) 4:14
2 Toot An' Toot An' Toot 4:07
3 Babydoll 5:30
4 Love Is the Place 5:00
5 Just Ease My Mind 4:27
6 You Mean Everything to Me 4:50
7 You Get All My Love 3:37
8 Come Free Your People 4:13




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