Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Curtis’ is his debut album released in September 1970 by Curtom.
Track listing : 1.(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go (Curtis Mayfield) – 07:50 . 2.The Other Side of Town (Curtis Mayfield) – 04:01 . 3.The Makings of You (Curtis Mayfield) – 03:43 . 4.We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue (Curtis Mayfield) – 06:05 . 5.Move on Up (Curtis Mayfield) – 09:00 . 6.Miss Black America (Curtis Mayfield) – 02:53 . 7.Wild and Free (Curtis Mayfield) – 03:16 . 8.Give It Up (Curtis Mayfield) – 03:49 .
Musicians : Curtis Mayfield – Vocals . Don Simmons – Drums . Master Henry Gibson – Percussion . Lorin Binford – Trombone . Clifford Davis – Saxophone . Lenny Druss – Saxophone . Pat Ferreri – Guitar . John Howell – Trumpet . Harold Klatz – Viola . Ron Kolber – Baritone Saxophone . Robert Lewis – Musician . Robert Sims – Drums,Percussion . Richard Single – Musician . Rudolph Stauber – Trumpet . Phil Upchurch – Guitar . Sol Bobrob – Violin . Elliott Golub – Violin . John Ross – Keyboards .
Production Produced by Curtis Mayfield . Bill Inglot – Producer . Riley Hampton – Arranger . Gary Slabo – Arranger . Tom Flye – Engineer . Dan Turbeville – Assistant Engineer .
Package : Hugh Brown – Art Direction . David Nathan – Liner Notes . Nancy L. Hopkins – Design . Bob Cato – Photography .
Recorded May – July 1970 at RCA Studios, Chicago .
Released in September 1970 by Curtom.
Curtis is a decided shift even from the latest era of Impressions tunes, much harder, funkier and progressive. It’s still roughly elegant but hand drums and bongos make the songs more voluptuous than cordial. […]
Since Mayfield is a more trustworthy talent than Isaac Hayes, I wasn’t too surprised at the durability of the two long cuts–the percussion jam is as natural an extension of soul music (those Sunday handclaps) as the jazzish solo. […]
It opened up Mayfield’s career to the extent that he shook off the chains of…While the juxtaposition of strings, harps and throbbing backbeats may well have sprung more from his lack of musical education, the results were startling. […]