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The most complete single-disc Mayfield collection ever, spanning the years 1970 to 1990 and compiled by the man himself! Includes (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go; Freddie's Dead (Theme from "Superfly"); Superfly (live); Kung Fu ; the Linda Clifford duets Between You Baby and Me and Do Be Down; So in Love; Pusherman; Get Down (single version); We Got to Have Peace , and more. 16 tracks!


1. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go
2. The Makings Of You
3. Move On Up
4. Get Down
5. We Got To Have Peace
6. Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)
7. Superfly
8. Pusherman
9. Future Shock
10. Can't Say Nothin'
11. Kung Fu
12. So In Love
13. Only You Babe
14. Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here
15. Between You Baby And Me
16. Do Be Down

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033X2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Gavin B. on January 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Song per song, the "Very Best of Curtis Mayfield" issued by the venerable collector's label, Rhino Records in 1997 remains the definitive single CD collection of Curtis Mayfield's post-Impressions career. Mayfield's early songs like "People Get Ready" and "Amen" have become revered classics that are as deeply woven into fabric of American folkways as Leadbelly's "Midnight Special" or Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." To fully appreciate the scope of Mayfield's career one would have to hear his early Sixties hits with the Impressions plus a quartet of Seventies solo albums, "Curtis", "Roots", the long out of issue "Let's Do Again" and his ubiquitous soundtrack to the movie "Superfly."

Curtis Mayfield, as a producer for the black oriented music label Okeh, gained creative control over his music well before many of his peers at the squeaky clean, image conscious Motown label. Mayfield and the Impressions posed for the album cover for 1968's "This Is My Country" amid the ruins of a vacant building in a Chicago neighborhood plundered by urban renewal. Well before Marvin Gaye fought Motown's Barry Gordy to produce the landmark "What's Going On" in 1971, Mayfield had achieved cross-over success largely on his accomplishments as a socially conscious performer and composer.

He sang in a falsetto that was every bit as winsome as Smokey Robinson's but the purity of the Mayfield falsetto counter pointed his raw unflinching lyrics and lent sense of urgency to his cry for justice. While Smokey sang about joy of a "Special Occasion", Curtis sang about "The Hell Down Below We're All Going To." Mayfield's power was the deeply personal first-person perspective of his lyrics.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on July 1, 2002
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Rhino has, as usual assembled a great CD highlighting the solo works of the late Curtis Mayfield. The trilogy of the Superfly tracks (Superfly, Pusherman and Freddie's Dead) show Mayfield as an observant sociologist. The Makings of You and So in Love show a true romantic. And anyone unmoved by the terrific, surging arrangement and upbeat message of Move on Up should check for a pulse. Curtis Mayfield was a giant in terms of songwriting, musicianship and message that we unfortunaley have too few of these days.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By candlewriter on June 29, 2002
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Curtis Mayfield was a musical genius and this CD is a testament to his amazing ability to create powerful, engaging, funky, soulful, moving music. Mayfield was clearly the master of funk and his falsetto vocals are the definition of soul. I have too many favorite tracks to pick just one -- "Freddie's Dead" and "Kung Fu" are alone worth the price of this CD. Most of the songs address some kind of moral or social issue and the lyrics are genuinely thought-provoking, not cliched. Some of the songs make you want to dance, and for others you just need to close your eyes and soak it in.
This is one of my favorite CDs of all time, regularly played and always enjoyed as much as the first moment I heard it.
If you are even remotely curious about Curtis Mayfield or funk/soul music in general, you have to have this CD. It just doesn't get any better than this. Really!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By candlewriter on June 29, 2002
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Curtis Mayfield was a musical genius and this CD is a testament to his amazing ability to create powerful, engaging, funky, soulful, moving music. Mayfield is clearly the master of funk and his falsetto vocals are the baddest of bad. I have too many favorite tracks to pick just one, but I will say that "Freddie's Dead" and "Kung Fu" are alone worth the price of this CD. Most of the songs address some kind of moral or social issue and the lyrics are genuinely thought-provoking, not cliched. Some of the songs beg you to get up and dance, while others are meant for closing your eyes and just soaking it in. All of it is GREAT.
This is one of my favorite CDs of all time. If you are even remotely curious about Curtis Mayfield or funk music in general, you have to have this CD. It doesn't get any better than this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gordon V. on April 21, 2001
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WOW! After non stop listening for almost a year, I've come to the conclusion that Curtis Mayfield is one of the greatest musicians ever to grace the scene. Funky, soulful, insightful, taltented music. Amazing tales and visuals of love, peace, poverty, and inner city troubles backed with beautiful musicianship and stunning vocals. Some of the songs to check out are "The Makings of You"; great vocals and beautiful harp work with the orchestra in the background. "Superfly"; classic song with good percussion and awesome horn work. "Pusherman"; love the vocals in this also very good percussion and excellent guitar and lyric work. "Doo Doo Wap"; straight up funky sh**! What an amazing mark Curtis Mayfield made on music history, experience this music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Mr. Mayfield is one of the baddest musicians ever. not only with the wicked guitar playing he did but that soulful harmony of his and the brilllance to write so many thought provoking songs.it's not every day that you can not only say soul&genius in the same breath but you can with Curtis Mayfield. things he was saying 25 years back are just as insightful then as now. not only his genius with the impressions but then solo on the classic Superfly soundtrack. also Let's do it again,a piece of the action,Claudine,sparkle.this man's legeacy is very vast.but this cd has jams like future shock,freddie's dead,superfly,etc.. you can't ever say enough about this musical genius.
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