Roots (Curtis Mayfield album)

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Studio album by Curtis Mayfield
Released October 1971
Recorded RCA Studios, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Funk/Soul
Length 39:15
Label Curtom
Producer Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

Roots is R&B singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s second studio album, released in October 1971 (see 1971 in music). Having received critical praise from a variety of publications, the album is regarded as not just one of Mayfield's best works but also as a classic release of the 70s soul era, with Allmusic critic Bruce Eder stating that "the album soars on some of the sweetest and most eloquent... soul sounds heard up to that time". The album became a commercial success as well, hitting the #6 slot on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written and composed by Curtis Mayfield, except as noted.

  1. "Get Down" – 5:45
  2. "Keep On Keeping On" – 5:08
  3. "Underground" – 5:15
  4. "We Got to Have Peace" – 4:44
  5. "Beautiful Brother of Mine" – 7:23
  6. "Now You're Gone" (Mayfield, Joseph Scott) – 6:50
  7. "Love to Keep You in My Mind" – 3:48

Bonus tracks[edit]

In 1999, Rhino Records re-released the album with four bonus tracks including a demo version of "Underground" and single edits for "Get Down', "We Got to Have Peace" and "Beautiful Brother of Mine".

  1. "Underground [demo version]" – 3:17
  2. "Get Down [Single edit]" – 3:55
  3. "We Got to Have Peace [Single edit]" – 3:39
  4. "Beautiful Brother of Mine [Single edit]" – 3:09

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 40
Billboard Top Soul LPs 6


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Roots (Curtis Mayfield album) at AllMusic. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Hoard, Christian (November 24, 2004). "Review: Roots". Rolling Stone: 523–524.