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Wednesday, Oct 11 2017 | 20:11
Image: 1615689 It was 1970 when Curtis Mayfield left R&B group
The Impressions, to set off on his own solo path.
What followed was a rich and highly celebrated
career, during which Mayfield produced some of
the most influential R&B, soul, funk, and gospel
recordings of all time. Along with Marvin Gaye and
Stevie Wonder, Mayfield is credited with helping to
ring in a new era of socially-aware funk and soul
music, all while raking in numerous
Billboard-charting hits both as a performer and a
songwriter. Though he died in 1999, he left behind
a vast legacy of innovation and long-lasting music,
and has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine
as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of all-time.
Building on the success of his solo debut Curtis,
Mayfield released the album Roots in 1972 to new
levels of critical acclaim. Roots was a 7-song
powerhouse of lush, Chicago soul arrangements,
partnered with ambitious funk rhythms and
grooves, and grounded in Mayfield's own socially
conscious lyricism. It featured classics of the genre
such as "Keep On Keeping On", "We Got To Have
Peace", and "Underground", and was a
commercial boon as well, reaching #6 on the
Billboard R&B Charts. Roots was an album that
cemented Mayfield's reputation as a genius of
R&B music, and has been notably sampled in
tracks by 9th Wonder, Murs, Ill Bill, and Freeway.

A1. Get Down
A2. Keep On Keeping On
A3. Underground
A4. We Got To Have Peace
B1. Beautiful Brother Of Mine
B2. Now You're Gone
B3. Love To Keep You In My Mind Available from 03.11.2017
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