People Get Ready – The Curtis Mayfield Songbook – Various Artists – CD Album – IN STOCK NOW !!


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Curtis Mayfield makes a long overdue – and well earned – appearance in Ace’s ongoing Songwriter series this month with “People Get Ready”, a collection that spans more than a decade and a half of brilliant compositions by one of the most prolific and important tunesmiths of the 20th Century.

From the late 1950s onwards, Curtis’ outstanding songwriting provided hits for almost everyone in his peer group on the Chicago Soul scene – a scene that his words and music virtually invented. His own hits, firstly with the Impressions and eventually as a solo artist, are among the most important of their time, and of all time.

“People Get Ready” is Ace’s small but perfectly formed salute to Curtis’ craft, and strives to represent every facet of his lyrical and musical genius. It can’t be definitive – we would need a large box-set for that – but it’s assuredly representative in every way.

Curtis always spoke to his people and on behalf of his people, and the messages in socially conscious songs such as ‘People Get Ready’, ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ are as relevant now as they were half a century ago. While from a romantic standpoint, songs do not get any better than the likes of ‘I’m So Proud’ or ‘The Makings Of You’.

22 quality performances from a host of major black American artists (plus a couple of the many covers of Mayfield copyrights from Jamaica, a country in which Curtis was revered) across a period of more than 50 years bear testimony here to the brilliance of Curtis Lee Mayfield.


Track Listing

Disc 1

No. Track Preview
01. Gypsy Woman - The Impressions Listen
02. The Monkey Time - The Miracles Listen
03. Behind The Curtains - Jan Bradley Listen
04. Rainbow (Alt) - Gene Chandler Listen
05. Mama Didn't Lie - The Orlons Listen
06. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um - Major Lance Listen
07. I've Been Trying - Jerry Butler Listen
08. Minstrel And Queen (Queen Majesty) - The Techniques Listen
09. It's All Over - Walter Jackson Listen
10. He Will Break Your Heart - Freddie Scott Listen
11. People Get Ready - Dionne Warwick Listen
12. That's What Love Will Do - The Gaylads Listen
13. Man's Temptation - The Jackson 5 Listen
14. Give Me Your Love - Barbara Mason Listen
15. Need To Belong To Someone - Isaac Hayes Listen
16. I'm So Proud - The Main Ingredient Listen
17. Make Me Believe In You - Patti Jo Listen
18. Keep On Keeping On (UK single edit) - Curtis Mayfield Listen
19. The Makings Of You - Gladys Knight & The Pips Listen
20. Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers Listen
21. Look Into Your Heart (Single edit) - Aretha Franklin Listen
22. Never Stop Loving Me - Keni Burke Listen
23. Something He Can Feel - En Vogue Listen
24. Hard Times - John Legend & The Roots featuring Black Thought Listen

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input date 27th October 2021

People Get Ready – The Curtis Mayfield Songbook




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