17 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

TITLE TIME

More By Curtis Mayfield

You May Also Like