Curtis Mayfield – Roots VG+/VG+

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“Roots” is a remarkable album by the legendary American soul singer Curtis Mayfield, released on October 11, 1971. This album, following the success of Mayfield’s debut “Curtis,” further cements his reputation as a master of soul and R&B, with a deep focus on social consciousness and empowerment.

“Roots” unfolds as a finely-crafted blend of soul, funk, and R&B, marked by Mayfield’s distinctive falsetto voice and incisive songwriting. The album’s sound is rich and layered, featuring vibrant brass arrangements, lush strings, and rhythmically complex percussion that create a dynamic and emotionally resonant backdrop for Mayfield’s lyrical explorations.

The themes of “Roots” delve into the African American experience, touching on aspects of struggle, identity, love, and social justice. Mayfield’s lyrics are poetic and insightful, offering both critique and hope, and are considered some of his most impactful work. The album reflects the social and political turbulence of its era, resonating with the civil rights movement’s ongoing fight for equality and justice.

Tracks like “Get Down,” “Keep On Keeping On,” and “We Got to Have Peace” are standout examples of Mayfield’s ability to blend catchy, soulful melodies with deeply meaningful and motivational messages. These songs have not only stood the test of time in their musicality but also in their relevant and powerful commentary on society and human resilience.

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Cat No: YS2635DA

Japanese pressing. No obi.

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