Editors’ Notes “Hell no!” one fan shouts repeatedly when it becomes clear that Curtis/Live! has reached its end. Who could blame him? Recorded at New York’s Bitter End in 1971 as Curtis Mayfield rode high with his first solo album, Curtis, the set is a classic of in-concert soul-music recording and a signal of the turning tide in R&B. Marked throughout by strong group interplay, with Mayfield’s lilting guitar and new, small band making spicy funk of his recent material and a handful of Impressions classics. “We’re a Winner,” with added lyrics (“No more tears do we cry/The black boy done dried his eye”), serves as a bridge to the likes of “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go” and “We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue.” The appreciation between performer and crowd is measurable.

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Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey) [Live]
1
6:56
 
Rap #1 (Live)
2
0:26
 
I Plan to Stay a Believer (Live)
3
3:16
 
We're a Winner (Live)
4
4:47
 
Rap #2 (Live)
5
0:51
 
We've Only Just Begun (Live)
6
3:44
 
People Get Ready (Live)
7
3:47
 
Rap #3 (Live)
8
0:34
 
Stare and Stare (Live)
9
6:12
 
Check Out Your Mind (Live)
10
3:53
 
Gypsy Woman (Live)
11
3:48
 
The Makings of You (Live)
12
3:28
 
Rap #4 (Live)
13
2:01
 
We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue (Live)
14
8:44
 
(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go (Live)
15
9:27
 
Stone Junkie (Live)
16
8:05
 
Superfly (Recorded Live By WTTW-TV Chicago)
17
3:56
 
Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey) [Live Single Version]
18
3:15
 

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