Curtis Mayfield – Never Say You Can’t Survive (1977/2009)

Curtis Mayfield - Never Say You Can't Survive (1977/2009)
Artist: Curtis Mayfield
Album: Never Say You Can’t Survive
Genre: Funk, Soul
Label: Victor Entertainment
Released: 1977/2009
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Tracklist:
01. Show Me Love (5:16)
02. Just Want To Be With You (3:14)
03. When We’re Alone (5:27)
04. Never Say You Can’t Survive (3:23)
05. I’m Gonna Win Your Love (4:43)
06. All Night Long (4:15)
07. When You Used To Be Mine (3:41)
08. Sparkle (4:04)
09. Show Me Love [single edit] (3:45)

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Never Say You Can’t Survive was the last Curtis Mayfield album done in a pure soul vein for the next three years — its style and sound place it in a direct continuity with the rest of his output right back to 1958. The singing on love songs such as “Show Me Love,” “Just Want to Be With You,” and “When We’re Alone” is among the most achingly lyrical and passionate of his career. The title track boasts ravishing backup singing by Kitty & the Haywoods (who also perform outstandingly on “I’m Gonna Win Your Love”) and a beautiful arrangement by James Mack. The album’s final track, “Sparkle” (written for Sam O’Steen’s movie of the same name, starring Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, and Lonette McKee), gets one of three distinct treatments that the song ever received (the others from the soundtrack and Aretha Franklin’s version).
Review by Bruce Eder

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