Released inthe record works more as a compilation release, leaning on a stack of singles The Impressions had dropped over the previous couple of years.
A bolt of genius as his subconscious wandered a cerebral landscape. Mayfield invited a crowd into LP studio for its recording to bring a jamboree groove to the record. The Impressions exited the s hard.
The closing of the s symbolically ended an era of peace, love and flower power. And so music became more brutally raw and ill-omened. Not too many solo careers have even been ushered in by such a distinct opening gambit.
Of the eight tracks on album number one, zero fall below standards. The rapped bongos, the falsetto, that horn riff! This was a new epoch for Mayfield. He made his hiatus from The Impressions permanent just Gypsy Woman - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis / Live! (Vinyl after the release of Curtis. Roots is bolder, brasher and more sonically testing.
With Mayfield experimenting so brashly, Roots is a jagged-edged diamond within his carat canon. His job was to put together some music for a low-budget Harlem drug flick with a cast of mostly unknowns and script way too short for purpose. What Mayfield forged was the definitive depiction of the concrete-cold streets of uptown New York.
The soundtrack to Super Fly is a rum-punch of a funk record. But the album goes deeper than the movie, laying out his own bitter vision of the urban sprawl setting. This is the kind of music you need when a nation of LP holds you Gypsy Woman - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis / Live!
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