CURTIS MAYFIELD: AT HIS BEST IN CONCERT!!
RBSProds | Deep in the heart of Texas | 01/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five Big Stars!! Curtis Mayfield, the fabulous singing & songwriting R&B, Soul, dance club, and Rock legend is caught in Baden-Baden Germany fronting a hot quintet performing a wide sample of his greatest hits. Shortly after this recording, at another venue, Mr Mayfield was injured due to an accident on a stage which put him in a wheelchair until his death nearly a decade later, so this DVD is one of his last concert performances and shows how vital and immediate were his singing and guitar skills at this stage in his career. This multi-Grammy-winning artist was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the 'Impressions' and as a solo performer. This is a part of the "Ohne Filter" German TV shows.
He is in great form singing his compositions from his 'Impressions' days (a stupendous "Gypsy Woman"), the days of his breakthrough soundtrack for the movie "SuperFly" ("Freddie's Dead", "Pusher Man", and "SuperFly" itself) and songs from his later period. "Pieces De Resistance", the best of the best, in this uniformly great set, in addition to the aforementioned songs, include "People Get Ready", "Move On Up", "We Gotta Have Peace", and a heartfelt "To Be Invisible". The audience seems to be enjoying themselves a lot. His backup group, hailing mainly from the Atlanta Ga area, is superb in solo and backup modes, and Mr Mayfield is totally free to put on a great show in a relaxed mode. In all, this is a DVD of a wonderful set by the inimitable Curtis Mayfield at his peak with clear cinematography, roaming cameras, and wonderful sound. Five Stars for Curtis and the band!!; Five HUGE Stars!
(1 DVD disc, 60 minutes, 11 songs, 4:3 format, region-free, Dolby 5.1, PCM Stereo, subtitled in Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese: ---Warning: none of the subtitles function during the performance: hence the missing half star in the overall rating--- menu languages also include German. Otherwise, there is access to individual songs, a written 'overview of the artist'-type biography, and a general interview with the "Ohne Filter" producer dealing with the TV series but not Curtis himself.)"
A great show captured live
Drew | Felton, CA USA | 05/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a Curtis Mayfield fan, this is a great DVD to add to your collection. Very, very cool. I think it was recorded in Germany just prior to his accident. The band is tight, and has just the right feel for my favorite of his periods - the Superfly tunes. He also covers many of his other hits, as well. It has a late 80's/early 90's feel to it, but that's part of the fun. As a percussionist, it's also a blast playing along to it. Very cool indeed."
buysell | STL | 04/11/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this is probably one of the last live appearances of Curtis Mayfield I expected a better band but Curtis Mayfield was Curtis Mayfield just as I expected.