Curtis Mayfield - I Plan To Stay a Believer
Throughout the '70s there was probably no artist who was as consistently "heavy" as Curtis Mayfield. When Mayfield decided to start a solo career after more than a decade with the Impressions, he took with him the social consciousness vibe that had informed the group's work from 1968 forward and that approach paid dividends, especially with hits like "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go," the Super Fly soundtrack and a righteous stage show, captured on the great album Curtis/Live. Today's selection is drawn from that album, and it finds Curtis and his band laying down a relaxed groove over which Mayfield preaches about getting "off your ass" and doing something to improve the country. It's "dope," and not in the "Freddie's Dead" sense of the word!