Curtis Mayfield ‎– Curtis / Live!

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Curtis/Live! is Curtis Mayfield’s first live album, after leaving The Impressions. Originally released in May 1971 as a double LP on Mayfield's Curtom label (distributed through Neil Bogart's Buddah Records), the album's 16 tracks — along with Mayfield's interstitial raps on the politics of the day — were recorded at Paul Colby's 230 seater Bitter End nightclub in New York City. According to John Abbey, who at the beginning of the 1970s was editor of the UK magazine Blues & Soul, Mayfield and his band's first set at a Bitter End date in January 1971 comprised the bulk of the music presented here. Mixed primarily with Eddie Kramer at Electric Lady Studios, the album features Master Henry Gibson playing percussion, Craig McMullen on rhythm guitar, Joseph "Lucky" Scott on bass, and Tyrone McCullen on drums.

Tracklist

Mighty Mighty (Spade And Whitey) 6:46
Rap 0:27
I Plan To Stay A Believer 3:00
We're A Winner 4:35
Rap 0:42
We've Only Just Begun 3:43
People Get Ready 3:35
Rap 0:35
Stare And Stare 6:19
Check Out Your Mind 3:50
Gypsy Woman 3:48
The Makings Of You 3:03
Rap 2:00
We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue 6:38
(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go 9:08
Stone Junkie 7:48

Versions (48)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album) Curtom CRS 8008 US 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album) Curtom CRS 8008 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
2659 004 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album) Buddah Records 2659 004 UK 1971 Sell This Version
23 18 051/52 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album) Buddah Records 23 18 051/52 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008-2 (F) Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album) Curtom CRS 8008-2 (F) Canada 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, ARP) Curtom CRS 8008 US 1971 Sell This Version
2611 003 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Gat) Buddah Records 2611 003 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008-2, CRS 8008-2(F) Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Gat) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8008-2, CRS 8008-2(F) Canada 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008, CRS-8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Mon) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8008, CRS-8008 US 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Promo) Curtom CRS 8008 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Promo, Gat) Curtom CRS 8008 US 1971 Sell This Version
CUR L 88008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(8-Trk, Album, Dou) Curtom CUR L 88008 US 1971 Sell This Version
3505-002 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(Cass, Album) Curtom 3505-002 UK 1971 Sell This Version
L 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Curtom L 8008 US 1971 Sell This Version
PSS-248~9-DA Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album) Buddah Records PSS-248~9-DA Japan 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(LP, Album) Curtom CRS 8008 Ecuador 1972 Sell This Version
899.018 Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield Live(Cass, Album) Curtom 899.018 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
385 194, 385.194 Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield Live(LP, Album, RE) Curtom, Curtom 385 194, 385.194 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
BDLD 2001 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, RE) Buddah Records BDLD 2001 UK 1974 Sell This Version
DALP 2/3703 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Buddah Records DALP 2/3703 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
K66047 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, RE) Curtom K66047 UK 1976 Sell This Version
K66047 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(LP, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Curtom K66047 UK 1976 Sell This Version
CDMS 1068 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE) Curtom CDMS 1068 France 1991 Sell This Version
MPG 74176 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Movieplay Gold MPG 74176 Portugal 1993 Sell This Version
CPLP8038-2 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, RE) Charly Groove CPLP8038-2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CPCD 8038 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album) Charly Groove CPCD 8038 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
CPCD8038, CPCD 8038 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE) Charly Groove, Charly Groove CPCD8038, CPCD 8038 UK 1994 Sell This Version
JICK-89414 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Jimco Records, Curtom JICK-89414 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
CUR 9506 Curtis Mayfield Curtis/Live!(CD, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 9506 US 1995 Sell This Version
CPCD 8038 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records CPCD 8038 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
VICP-60377 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE) Victor, Curtom VICP-60377 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
NEMLP 400 Curtis Mayfield Curtis Live!(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Curtom, Sequel Records NEMLP 400 UK 1999 Sell This Version
R2 79933 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 79933 US 2000 Sell This Version
SNAP 274 CD Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE) Charly Groove SNAP 274 CD UK 2001 Sell This Version
8122-79933-2 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) 8122-79933-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
GET 8019 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, RE) Get Back GET 8019 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 523 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat) Sunspots SPOT 523 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
8122-79562-5, WPCR-27727 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Curtom, Rhino Records (2) 8122-79562-5, WPCR-27727 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
WPCR-27727 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Curtom WPCR-27727 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
MOVLP1300 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Music On Vinyl, Curtom MOVLP1300 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
WPCR-16532 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Curtom WPCR-16532 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
ASH504 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, RE) Antarctica Starts Here ASH504 US 2018 Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Gat) Curtom CRS 8008 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Curtom CRS 8008 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Curtom CRS 8008 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, Album, RP, Ga) Curtom CRS 8008 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8008 Curtis Mayfield Curtis / Live!(2xLP, RE, Gat) Curtom CRS 8008 US Unknown Sell This Version
HD 1031, HD 31 Curtis Mayfield Live!(2xLP, Album, Unofficial) Joongang Record Co., Joongang Record Co. HD 1031, HD 31 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version

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aledif71

aledif71

April 29, 2021
referencing Curtis / Live!, 2xLP, Album, RE, ASH504
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.
I have the Rhino remaster from the '90s on CD but I haven't listened to it in ages.
The records are flat and very quiet - and I mean dead quiet, even when Curtis is rapping (talking) - and the cover is of very stiff, high quality cardboard.
The deadwax reads "A" so no idea who cut the record but the feel and the space is wonderful - it is indeed like being in a small club, percussions driving the rhythm and Curtis singing just for the lucky few.
A really wonderful presentation.
brandosoul

brandosoul

November 3, 2020
edited 11 months ago
referencing Curtis / Live!, 2xLP, Album, CRS 8008
By 1971, Curtis Mayfield already established himself as one of soul music’s towering visionaries. Throughout the 1960s, he was one-third of the revered vocal trio The Impressions, penning some of the era’s most meaningful and transcendent sentiments. He left the group to pursue a solo career in 1970 and released his classic debut album, Curtis, unfurling a progressive era of sociopolitical vision and musical possibility in black music. So, when he set his sights on performing four dates at New York’s Bitter End nightclub in January 1971, he brought his funk arsenal, political rigor, and black pride to the center stage. Released in May 1971 as a two-LP set, Curtis/Live! is a singular achievement that sits honorably in the hall of essential live recordings. It captures a master recasting his past and current repertoire in the midst of a changing musical, social, and political landscape. There is a warm and introspective quality beneath the political keynotes of this recording, as Mayfield nakedly interacts with his audience, spilling his takes on the social despair and disillusionment of the day. This quality is intrinsically animated by the sparse, yet muscular grooves Mayfield and his dazzling quintet lay down. With repeated listens, Curtis/Live! morphs from a full-blown, in-concert document into a meditative performance of wisdom and unfettered righteousness.

This original 1971 Sterling press is beyond stellar. Such a smooth, dynamic listen with a laid-back, warm low-end (sonically superior in some respects to Rhino's 2000 CD remaster, which is a bit harsh, albeit being pretty nice overall.) As the previous reviewer stated, this is such a well-recorded live recording, despite a few minor onstage hiccups that were captured.
RECORDSCOUT

RECORDSCOUT

October 8, 2020
edited 11 months ago
referencing Curtis / Live!, 2xLP, Album, 2659 004

This 1971 UK pressing might be the best sounding version. Crystal clear and direct. Or was it just brilliantly recorded that way? Cannot compare with another version but there is nothing left to be desired. (Seems that even newer pressings sound well. So just forget about my comment ;-)
polchik

polchik

January 21, 2019
referencing Curtis / Live!, 2xLP, Album, RE, ASH504
whoa ..... what's UP with this pressing ???? anyone ???
Bradx

Bradx

March 7, 2018
referencing Curtis / Live!, 2xLP, Album, CRS 8008
This is the most laidback live album I've ever heard. The absolute acme of understated super soulful funk. The sound is minimal with delicate percussion from the congas plus washes of rhythm guitar from Curtis. The atmosphere is intimate with cries of approval from the audience who sound close enough to touch. Nice to hear old Impressions favourites as well as newer songs from the time (1971). He even covers the Carpenters' We've Only Just Begun (actually Richard Carpenter didn't write the song, it was originally a TV commercial for a bank).
A really well recorded live album.
MaximusMCX

MaximusMCX

June 4, 2010
referencing Curtis Mayfield Live, LP, Album, RE, 385 194, 385.194

Curtis's music is, compared to other music, not shouting from the rooftops. Maybe that's why i learn to appreciate his music just until now. Its quality lies in tranquility and subtleness. This tranquility is transferred to you while listening. Feelings are pouring out of every fibre of his body. This, very intimate, live recording gives you the experience he's right there with you in the living room. Beauty lies in the ear of the beholder.
dagsh

dagsh

April 19, 2010
referencing Curtis / Live!, 2xLP, RE, GET 8019

My copy has this text at the back of the outer sleeve: 2002 Get Back , Manufactured and marketed by Abraxas srl via Aretina, 25 - 50069 Sieci (Firenze) Italy.
And the label Get back is as far as my investigations tells me an Italian record label. I will change the nationality of the manufacturing.