Ace Records has another interesting compilation incoming. That’s People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Songbook.
Yes, we all love the soothing voice and trademark soul sounds of Curtis Mayfield and as such, you might well have most of his back catalogue on your shelves. But this isn’t quite that. This is all about his songwriting.
In the 20-year period covered by this compilation, Curtis wrote well over 100 songs that between them have accrued at least 1000 covers. What is on offer here is a sample of that vast catalogue.
Big names mix with lesser-known artists and of course, the man himself appears too. Ok, some of the acts here might well be a little ‘late’ for Mod tastes, but overall this is a fine selection of acts and a compilation well worth investigating.
If you want a tracklist, that can be found below. If you want it, you can get it from Ace Records for £12.92.
1. Gypsy Woman – The Impressions
2. The Monkey Time – The Miracles
3. Behind The Curtains – Jan Bradley
4. Rainbow – Gene Chandler
5. Mama Didn’t Lie – The Orlons
6. Um Um Um Um Um Um – Major Lance
7. I’ve Been Trying – Jerry Butler
8. Minstrel And Queen – The Techniques
9. It’s All Over – Walter Jackson
10. He Will Break Your Heart – Freddie Scott
11. People Get Ready – Dionne Warwick
12. That’s What Love Will Do – The Gaylads
13. Man’s Temptation – The Jackson Five
14. Give Me Your Love – Barbara Mason
15. Need To Belong – Isaac Hayes
16. I’m So Proud – The Main Ingredient
17. Make Me Believe In You – Patti Jo
18. Keep On Keeping On – Curtis Mayfield
19. The Makings Of You – Gladys Knight And The Pips
20. Let’s Do It Again – The Staple Singers
21. Look Into Your Heart – Aretha Franklin
22. Never Stop Loving Me – Keni Burke
23. Something He Can Feel – En Vogue
24. Hard Times – John Legend