Tony Scherman
February 23, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

People Get Ready! The Curtis Mayfield Story

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Curtis Mayfield
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B-

Disguised as a Top 40 tunesmith, Mayfield — one of rock’s first genuine auteurs — created music of lasting beauty and soulfulness, from his ’60s hits with the Impressions (”Gypsy Woman,” ”People Get Ready”) to his early-’70s Superfly soundtrack. Unfortunately, the three-CD box People Get Ready! The Curtis Mayfield Story is 90 minutes too long, meandering through Mayfield’s anticlimactic post-Superfly years. MCA’s 1992 set, which goes heavier on the Impressions material, lighter on the solo years, is a better buy. B-

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