Curtis (1970) / Roots (1971) / Back to the World (1973) / Sweet Exorcist (1974). Remastered. Also available on 4LP vinyl.
In honour of the legendary Curtis Mayfield, his first four studio albums are to be released in the new boxset Keep on Keeping on: Curtis Mayfield Studio albums 1970-1974 over 4CDs all newly remastered, marking the 50 years since Mayfield’s prolific solo career started.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honouree, Mayfield’s early solo career includes a collection of newly remastered versions of his first four studio albums: Curtis (1970), Roots (1971), Back to the World (1973) and Sweet Exorcist (1974).
Mayfield left the Impressions in 1970 and launched his solo career with his debut album, ‘Curtis’. The album reached the Billboard Pop Albums Chart Top 20 and was certified gold. It features “(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go,” a hit in the U.S., and “Move On Up,” which charted in the U.K. In terms of cultural significance, the album’s potent combination of socially conscious lyrics and soul/funk music helped blaze a trail for later albums like Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Innervisions’.
Curtis went on to release more successful albums such as the R&B classic ‘Roots’ , 1973’s ‘Back to The World’ and finally ‘Sweet Exorcist’ in 1974 which all span hits such as “Future Shock”, “Can’t Say Nothin’” and “If I Were Only A Child Again”.