Personnel includes: Curtis Mayfield (vocals, guitar); The Impressions.
Producers: Johnny Pate, Gil Askey, Curtis Mayfield.
Compilation producers: Curtis Mayfield, David McLees.
Recorded between 1964 & 1980. Includes liner notes by Ernest Hardy.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This wonderful collection celebrates the gospel roots of '60s soul music. The 13 songs, all written by Curtis Mayfield, are drawn from Mayfield's albums and from his pre-solo work with The Impressions. GOSPEL includes several singles and a riveting, previously unreleased live performance of "It's Alright/Amen." Mayfield's interest in gospel represented no mere dalliance with the genre. From the mid-'60s to 1980, this music was as much a part of his life as such ideals as social conscience and moral outrage. Mayfield's success as an artist stems from his ability to blend his many facets into a cohesive whole. The spiritual content of the songs on GOSPEL is powerful and delightful. This great collection serves as a fine introduction and as a thoughtfully sequenced reexamination.