Curtis (Expanded Edition)
Curtis Mayfield’s 1970 solo debut is an intense funk hangover from the ’60s, fueled by congas, orchestrated keyboards, and psychedelic wah-wah. He’s slipping into gloom and refusing to be reined in. “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go” flips gospel hope on its head, and “The Other Side of Town” is despairing blues for the inner city. Yet the nearly nine-minute “Move on Up,” ignited by Mayfield’s peerless falsetto, is as uplifting as ’70s soul gets.