The Impressions [ Debut Album ] + 2 Bonus Tracks
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Headed by the great Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions provided a critical link between ‘50s R&B and ‘60s soul. In fact, they pioneered and symbolize the sound of “Chicago soul,” a marriage of gospel, rhythm & blues and pop influences with a timely social conscience, as opposed to what was coming out of Berry Gordy’s shop in Detroit at the time.
Mayfield’s affinity for lyrics and melodies melded brilliantly with the vocal harmonies of Sam Gooden and Fred Cash (The Impressions’ classic line-up, because original lead singer Jerry Butler began his solo career in 1959, and the brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks left the group in 1962). Their sound brought Mayfield and his distinctive falsetto to the spotlight, and inspired a wealth of harmony groups around the world. The Impressions’ style was marked by airy, feather-light harmonies and Mayfield’s influentially sparse guitar work, plus, at times, understated Latin rhythms. If their sound was sweet, elegant and lilting, it remained richly soulful thanks to the group’s firm grounding in the gospel tradition. They popularized the three-part vocal trade-offs common in gospel but rare in R&B at the time, and recorded their fair share of songs with spiritual themes, both subtle and overt.
Long unavailable on vinyl, this quintessential LP collector’s edition presents the group’s magnificent and eponymous debut album, The Impressions. Their first LP includes songs they recorded in New York for the ABC-Paramount label, between 1961 and 1962, under the musical direction of Roy Glover, Jr. Filled with catchy tunes, all sung with power, truth and beauty, this is widely regarded as an essential album of the soul era.
CURTIS MAYFIELD, high tenor vocals and guitar
FRED CASH, tenor vocals
SAM GOODEN, bass and baritone vocals
ARTHUR BROOKES, RICHARD BROOKS, vocals.
Unidentified rhythm section.
Recorded in New York, between July 1961 and March 1962.
Side 1, track 7: Jerry Butler (baritone lead vocals),
Curtis Mayfield (tenor vocals and guitar),
Sam Gooden (bass vocals), Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks (vocals).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, 1958.
Side 2, track 7: Curtis Mayfield (high tenor vocals and
guitar), Fred Cash (tenor vocals),
Sam Gooden (bass and baritone vocals), Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks (vocals).
Unidentified rhythm section. Produced by
Curtis Mayfield. Recorded in Chicago, late 1958.
1) GYPSY WOMAN
2) GROW CLOSER TOGETHER
3) LITTLE YOUNG LOVER
4) YOU’VE COME HOME
5) NEVER LET ME GO
6) CAN’T YOU SEE
7) FOR YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE (*)
1) MINSTREL AND QUEEN
2) I NEED YOUR LOVE
3) I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU
4) SAD, SAD GIRL AND BOY
5) AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME
6) TWIST AND LIMBO
7) AT THE COUNTY FAIR (*)
(*) BONUS TRACKS