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A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield [Warner Bros.]
1. Choice of Colors - Gladys Knight
2. It's All Right! - Steve Winwood
3. Let's Do It Again - Curtis Mayfield & Repercussions
4. Billy Jack - Lenny Kravitz
5. Look Into Your Heart - Whitney Houston
6. Gypsy Woman - Bruce Springsteen
7. You Must Believe Me - Eric Clapton
8. I'm So Proud - The Isley Brothers
9. Fool For You - Branford Marsalis/The Impressions
10. Keep on Pushin' - Tevin Campbell
11. Makings of You, The - Aretha Franklin
12. Woman's Got Soul - B.B. King
13. People Get Ready - Rod Stewart
14. If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go, (Don't Worry) - Narada Michael Walden
15. I've Been Trying - Phil Collins
16. I'm the One Who Loves You - Stevie Wonder
17. Amen - Elton John/Sounds of Blackness
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45500
Producers include: Attala Zane Giles, Gladys Knight, Steve Winwood, Gary Katz, Genji Siraisi.
Engineers include: Andrew Brown, Mick Dolan, Carlos Glover.
A fabulous assortment of artists from different areas of the rock genre give a glorifying tribute to Curtis Mayfield in a sparkling 17-song package. Stevie Winwood does a partying rendition of "It's All Right"; a version of "Let's Do It Again" is performed by Mayfield and the Repercussions that mimics the Staple Singers' original; Mayfield does Roebuck "Pops" Staples' parts. Bruce Springsteen tackles an early Impressions classic, "Gypsy Woman," and makes the mystical song even more eerie. The number of producers equals the artists on this fine production, so the sound changes from track to track. Rocker Lenny Kravitz does "Billy Jack" in a surprising Mayfield-like falsetto. Phil Collins' dead-slow reading of "I've Been Trying" is a subdued dandy. The album's two best performances are pulled off by the Isley Brothers ("I'm So Proud") and Tevin Campbell ("Keep On Pushing"). Ron Isley outdoes himself on Mayfield's pretty classic redefining soul with his emotive phrasings, and Campbell's taking-you-to-church performance of "Keep On Pushing" could inspire the homeless; the cut will make you a Campbell fan if you're not already. The revised Impressions do a remake of their own "I'm a Fool for You" accompanied by Branford Marsalis' jazzy riffs. For blues lovers, B.B. King rocks the house with an up-tempo, jumping "Woman's Got Soul." Stevie Wonder sings an old, obscure Impressions recording, "I'm the One Who Loves You," in the sassy style he exhibited when he was Little Stevie Wonder. Eric Clapton does a rousing version of "You Must Believe Me." ~ Andrew Hamilton
Musician (4/94, p.92) - "...What makes this tribute noteworthy isn't the merit of the project or the marquee value of the players...but the quality of the performances...the best ones draw upon the artist's deepest strengths in often surprising ways, like Clapton's astonishing falsetto on "You Must Believe Me."..."
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