Back to the World (Curtis Mayfield album)

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Back to the World
Curtis Mayfield - Back to the World album cover.jpg
Studio album by Curtis Mayfield
Released May 1973
Recorded Curtom Studios, Chicago
Genre Funk, soul
Length 36:09
Label Curtom
Producer Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield chronology
Back to the World
Curtis in Chicago
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C [2] 3.5/5 stars [3]

Back to the World is the fourth studio album by Curtis Mayfield. "The world" was what American GIs in Vietnam called the United States, and returning to it could be a harrowing experience; Mayfield addresses this problem in the title track. The album also includes the minor hit “Future Shock," which was covered by Herbie Hancock in 1983, and the emotional "If I Were Only a Child Again." Back to the World went to #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and reached the top 20 on the Pop Albums chart. The single "Right on for the Darkness" was featured in the 1995 film Dead Presidents.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. “Back to the World” – 6:45
  2. “Future Shock” – 5:15
  3. “Right on for the Darkness” – 7:27
  4. “Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man)” – 4:58
  5. “If I Were Only a Child Again” – 2:49
  6. “Can't Say Nothin'” – 5:13
  7. “Keep on Trippin'” – 3:12


  • Rich Tufo - arrangements
  • Roger Anfinsen - engineer
  • Gary Wolkowitz - illustration
  • Glen Christensen - art direction
  • Milton Sincoff - creative director
  • Marv Stuart - management

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 16
Billboard Top Soul LPs 1

See also[edit]