The Anthology: 1961–1977

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The Anthology 1961-1977
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Greatest hits album by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions
Released December 8, 1992
Recorded 1961-1977
Genre Soul, funk[1]
Length 132:47
Label Curtom
Producer Curtis Mayfield
Andy McKaie
Johnny Pate
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[3]

The Anthology 1961-1977 is a compilation album of songs by Curtis Mayfield when he was with the Impressions and when he was solo. Of the 40 tracks, 30 are from Mayfield's time with the Impressions. The album includes liner notes written by Robert Pruter. In 2003, the album was ranked number 178 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In his review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau felt the The Anthology was an "A+"; in his view the selection could have used less of the early songs with the Impressions and more of Mayfield's "radically sporadic solo career", though for Christgau "a songwriter this gifted has no trouble filling two CDs, and he's his own aptest vocal interpreter."[5] In his 2000 guide to Curtis Mayfield for Rolling Stone, Christgau gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars and said that, apart from the few "generic" Chicago R&B selections, the lesser-known songs on the album "vividly demonstrate why Mayfield is mentioned in the same breath as Smokey Robinson."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Gypsy Woman" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  2. "Grow Closer Together" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  3. "Never Let Me Go" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  4. "Little Young Lover" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  5. "Minstrel and Queen" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  6. "I'm the One Who Loves You" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  7. "Sad Sad Girl and Boy" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  8. "It's All Right" (from The Impressions - 1963)
  9. "Talking About My Baby" (from The Never Ending Impressions - 1964)
  10. "I'm So Proud" (from The Never Ending Impressions - 1964)
  11. "Keep on Pushing" (from Keep on Pushing - 1964)
  12. "You Must Believe Me" (from People Get Ready - 1965)
  13. "See the Real Me" (from People Get Ready - 1965)
  14. "Amen" (from Keep on Pushing - 1964)
  15. "I've Been Trying" (from Keep on Pushing - 1964)
  16. "People Get Ready" (from People Get Ready - 1965)
  17. "It's Hard to Believe" (from People Get Ready - 1965)
  18. "Woman's Got Soul" (from People Get Ready - 1965)
  19. "Meeting Over Yonder"
  20. "I Need You"
  21. "You've Been Cheatin'"
  22. "Man Oh Man"
  23. "Can't Satisfy"
  24. "We're a Winner" (from We're a Winner - 1968)
  25. "I Loved and I Lost" (from We're a Winner - 1968)
  26. "We're Rolling On (Part One)" (from We're a Winner - 1968)
Disc two
  1. "Fool For You" (from This Is My Country - 1968)
  2. "This is My Country" (from This Is My Country - 1968)
  3. "Choice of Colors" (from The Young Mods' Forgotten Story - 1969)
  4. "Check Out Your Mind" (from Check Out Your Mind! - 1970)
  5. "Move On Up" - Curtis Mayfield
  6. "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" - Curtis Mayfield
  7. "The Makings of You" - Curtis Mayfield
  8. "Beautiful Brother of Mine" - Curtis Mayfield
  9. "Freddie's Dead" - Curtis Mayfield
  10. "Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield
  11. "Pusherman" - Curtis Mayfield
  12. "So In Love" - Curtis Mayfield
  13. "Only You Babe" (single edit) - Curtis Mayfield
  14. "Do Do Wap is Strong in Here" (single edit) - Curtis Mayfield

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ "#178 The Anthology 1961-1977". Rolling Stone. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 21, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 3, 2000). "Curtis Mayfield 1942-2000: A Beginner's Guide". Rolling Stone. New York. Retrieved July 4, 2013.