Curtis Mayfield The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield Colored Vinyl 2LP
The definitive collection of Curtis Mayfield's reflective, soul moving, evocative hits. Includes everything from the political to the romantic, from cuts from his genre-defining Superfly ("Freddie's Dead") to statement makers like "(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go".
Rhino's The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield is devoted to material the legendary soul man recorded after leaving the Impressions, focusing particularly on his classic songs from the early '70s.
There are more comprehensive compilations on the market, namely the sublime double-disc Anthology and the flawed but worthwhile box set People Get Ready, but this is the best bet for anyone wanting a concise sampler of Mayfield's groundbreaking funk-soul, since it contains all of the bare-bone essentials: '(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go,' 'Move on Up,' 'We Got to Have Peace,' 'Freddie's Dead,' 'Superfly,' 'Pusherman,' 'Future Shock,' and 'Kung Fu.'
Yes, Mayfield also made cohesive, frequently stunning albums during this era and his work with the Impressions was just as influential, but this disc benefits from its narrow focus, since the end result is a collection ideal for the curious and the novice, while also providing a great listen for anyone who already knows the records.
-Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic
Curtis Mayfield The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield Track Listing:
1. (Don't Worry) If There Is A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
2. The Makings Of You
3. Move On Up
4. Get Down
5. We Got To Have Peace
6. Freddie's Dead (Theme From 'Superfly')
1. Future Shock
2. Can't Say Nothin'
3. Kung Fu
4. So In Love
5. Only You Babe
6. Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here
7. Between You Baby And Me (with Linda Clifford)
8. Do Be Down