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Check Out Your Mind!/Times Have Changed

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"Check Out Your Mind!", Curtis Mayfield's last album as a singing member of the band, saw The Impressions take a psychedelic turn, and yet another successful turn. The title song reached #3 on the black charts and #28 on the pop charts. Peace and love were on The Impressions collective minds for their first album not to feature Mayfield as a singer since their inception (Times Have Changed), and with Curtis still on board as producer and songwriter, they turn in the hit single "Love Me" and the six and a half minute anthem "Stop The War".

1. Check Out Your Mind
2. Can't You See
3. You're Really Something Sadie
4. Do You Wanna Win
5. You'll Always Be Mine
6. Only You
7. (Baby) Turn On To Me
8. Madam Mary
9. We Must Be In Love
10. Say You Love Me
11. Stop The War
12. Times Have Changed
13. Inner City Blues
14. Our Love Goes On And On
15. Potent Love
16. I Need To Belong To Someone
17. This Loves For Real
18. Love Me

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00133MKWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fenwick on July 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If I had to pick my favorite three songwriters from the many brilliant pop/rock based artists that have graced this planet, Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon and Curtis Mayfield would probably top the list. Curtis had such innovative arrangement ideas, thought provoking lyrics, and an absolutely mesmerizing falsetto. (That's not to mention a truly unique guitar playing style that was solely perfected by himself, and Marv Tarplin of the Miracles).

In any event, Check Out Your Mind was the last Impressions album with Curtis captaining the ship. Along with the title track, this record has six or seven very strong songs that fit right in with how Curtis' writing had evolved at this time. There are two throw backs to the the Impressions early 60's material, and only one song from the ten, (Madam Mary) that doesn't work for me.

Conversely, the same can not be said for my opinion of the second album on here. Although Curtis had officially left the Impressions, he still fully produced and penned six of the eight tracks on Times Have Changed. With Curtis' solo career in full swing, this album almost comes across like he's distracted. There is absolutely no continiuity through the tracks and only one song, (Our Loves Goes On and On) I would place in the strong category. The remaining tracks range from decent to marginal at best.

At the end of the day, this is definitely not the first place you want to stop to familiarize yourself with Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. Outside of One By One, any other album in their entire catalog would do the trick. But once you've been hooked in by one of the most talented and overlooked groups and need to hear it all, you won't be disappointed with this purchase.
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