Rhino's The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield is devoted to material the legendary soul man recorded after leaving the Impressions, focusing particularly on his classic songs from the early '70s. There are more comprehensive compilations on the market, namely the sublime double-disc Anthology and the flawed but worthwhile box set People Get Ready, but this is the best bet for anyone wanting a concise sampler of Mayfield's groundbreaking funk-soul, since it contains all of the bare-bone essentials: "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go," "Move on Up," "We Got to Have Peace," "Freddie's Dead," "Superfly," "Pusherman," "Future Shock," and "Kung Fu." Yes, Mayfield also made cohesive, frequently stunning albums during this era and his work with the Impressions was just as influential, but this disc benefits from its narrow focus, since the end result is a collection ideal for the curious and the novice, while also providing a great listen for anyone who already knows the records.
Performance CreditsCurtis Mayfield Primary Artist
Linda Clifford Track Performer
Technical CreditsCurtis Mayfield Arranger,Producer
Gil Askey Arranger
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Riley Hampton Arranger
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Rich Tufo Arranger
Johnny Pate Arranger
David Nathan Liner Notes
Nancy L. Hopkins Art Direction
Gary Slabo Arranger
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