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Soul for Sunday: Curtis Mayfield, “Right On for the Darkness”

An underplayed deep soul groove from one of the less appreciated of Curtis Mayfield’s albums…

Curtis Mayfield, “Right On for the Darkness” – from Back to the World (1973)

Back to the World was Mayfield’s third regular studio album since embarking on his solo career, after Curtis (1970) and Roots (1971), and came out one year after what is generally considered his greatest album, the Superfly soundtrack (1972). It was a concept album, addressing social issues of the 1970s including civil rights, ecology and the Vietnam War. The “World” of the title is a reference to Vietnam soldier’s way of referring to civilian life and the world outside of the War as “the World” – sometimes counter-posed to “the Shit” as a way of referring to the War. So the album tried to address the world that would confront Vietnam vets returning from the War.

As a concept album with the concerns it had, it obviously resembles Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (1971) – but while I definitely prefer Curtis to Marvin, few albums can hope to come close to What’s Going On – which came in at #6 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time… Actually, though, Superfly is one of them.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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