a little more Curtis

A while back, I mentioned that I thought Curtis Mayfield an unsung musical genius. Turns out the man is plenty sung, not least by Kayne West, who sampled Mayfield’s excellent “Move On Up” in his less-excellent-though-still-good “Touch The Sky”:

Curtis Mayfield – “Move On Up” from Curtis (1970)
Kayne West – “Touch The Sky (feat. Lupe Fiasco)” from Late Registration (2005)

Not sick of that horn riff yet? Check out the Jam covering it here, and Curtis himself bongo-jammin’ it here, sans horns.

Earlier I had posted one of Mayfield’s classics from his famous Superfly soundtrack, “Little Child Runnin’ Wild.” Here is a demo version, a little less ominous, featuring fewer chord changes and a brighter groove:

Curtis Mayfield – “Ghetto Child (Demo Version)” from Curtis reissue (org. 1970ish)

Finally, here’s a classic from the group that gave Curtis Mayfield his start, and for which he did some of his most beautiful writing:

The Impressions – “You Must Believe Me” from People Get Ready (1965)

Have a funkdafied weekend, y’all.

Buy Curtis Mayfield here

Posted by Glenn

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3 Comments

Filed under 1960s, 1970s, 2000s, Funk, Hip-Hop, Pop, Soul

3 responses to “a little more Curtis

  1. Ben

    Curtis Mayfield is a well sung genius (check Billy Jack). Also, Touch the Sky is not a Kanye beat. Kanye bought that from Just Blaze which is totally whack cause Kanye West is supposed to be a producer and all.

  2. Kanye doesn’t have to produce ::every:: song he releases. I don’t really see the argument. Anyway, Curtis Mayfield is awesome. You can never go wrong with any of the man’s work.

  3. cat

    I don’t think there’s much controversy about the genius of Curtis Mayfield. Thank you for the reminder, time for some sweet Sunday funk.

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