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26.06.2010

The Impressions Ridin High


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Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. Twilight Time. The Impressions. I Wanna Be Around. DBW We're A Winner Impressions: The title track, the group's first undeniable hit single in several years, is a brilliant inspirational number with propulsive, creative drumming. However, the rest of the album sounds like it could've been recorded inwith a passel of unremarkable, old-timey Garbage Version 20 songs "Moonlight Shadows," "I Loved And I Lost".

Musically there's no real change, just more four-chord ballads and pop tunes with basic The Impressions Ridin High section, horns and strings instrumentation - the biggest change is corny harpsichord on the Motown-like, oh-so-groovy "Love's Happening. Released on a twofer CD together The Impressions Ridin High the following album.

But the rest of the tunes are in the same The Impressions Ridin High The Electric Hair Electric Hair Switched On Hits From Americas First Tribal Love Rock Musical of the previous Impressions releases, including a long string of similar-sounding ballads: "My Deceiving Heart," "Love's Miracle.

Available on a twofer with Times Have Changed. DBW Curtis Mayfield's first solo album, and his masterpiece. And those are just the hits: the minor tracks are also well constructed and tuneful "The Other Side Of Town".

Everything was written and produced by Mayfield, as usual, and he blends in everything from full orchestrations to wah-wah to sound effects without ever being self-consciously experimental - some of The Impressions Ridin High credit is surely due The Impressions Ridin High arrangers Riely Hampton and Gary Slabo.

As an early 70s social-political self-written soul concept album, the obvious comparison is to Marvin Gaye 's What's Going On. Well, Mayfield's lyrical focus is a lot sharper, his tunes are fully as memorable, his arrangements are flawless though not as idiosyncratic. Gaye's got him beat hands-down as a vocalist, though: for all Mayfield's heartfelt precision as a writer, his soft tenor just doesn't project Gaye's emotion and urgency.

So I guess I'll call them even. DBW Curtis Live! The small group setting focuses the attention on Mayfield's lyrics The Impressions Ridin High earnest but full of humor - and intense though understatedfrequently mournful vocals "Stare And Stare".

This works particularly well on the Impressions songs, which surprisingly don't suffer from the lack of vocal harmonies, and sound completely up-to-date. The arrangements mostly stick to bass vamps and The Impressions Ridin High licks, with the only variation coming from Henry Gibson's constantly shifting percussion, but since the song material is so strong and the band so focused, the interest level never The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack Album. DBW Roots Perhaps Mayfield's most varied and musically complex work, though it's not as hit-filled or consistent as Curtis.

The opening "Get Down" is powerful polyrhythmic funk, and Mayfield even plays Santana -like lead guitar to complete Jah Shaka The Positive Message effect. Mayfield also displays his usually concealed guitar skills on the Dieter Reith Love And Fantasy ballad "Now You're Gone," where he turns in a convincing B.

King impression. Throughout the string arrangements by Pate are fascinating "Beautiful Brother Of Mine"and the rhythm section the same crew from Live! As usual, Mayfield's lyrics are directly social-political, and he creates an eerie mood to go with it on the harrowing "Underground," replete with screams and ominous guitar.

Also inCurtom artist Ruby Jones released a self-titled LP with "production supervision" by Mayfield; the disc includes a cover of his "Stone Junkie. Lyrically it's complex, Bessie Banks Dont You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come just sketching out the plot but propounding a message of unity and transcendence.

Several tracks are memorable and have been much sampled by hip hop acts: "Pusherman," "Little Child Runnin' Wild," the hit singles "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly. Including alternate versions of nearly every single track makes it painfully clear that the compositions here have no The Impressions Ridin High depth beyond catchy pentatonic riffs: the instrumentals "Junkie Chase," "Think" don't repay close listening, and the alternate takes are flat and uninteresting.

You're better off with a single-disc version if you can find one, but either way, you shouldn't pass this up. As the Motown cover indicates, Mayfield's mostly following trails blazed in Detroit, and very often the group sounds exactly like the Whitfield-era Temptations, most notably on the six and a half minute "Stop The War," which borrows rhythm and string arrangements and even the title from an earlier Tempts effort.

The liner notes hilariously allege that the phrase "Hell no, we won't go" was invented by Mayfield for this recording. Worth hearing if you liked Superfly : though some tunes like the title track lack energy, and no song is as memorable as the The Impressions Ridin High record's hits, the lyrics are more abstract and thoughtful. Arranged by Richard Tufo. But their singing was no less emphatic or compelling, nor had Mayfield 's writing, productions, or arrangements slipped.

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5 thoughts on “ The Impressions Ridin High

  1. AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger [+] Ridin' High is a much more palatable kettle of fish, as Mayfield wrote almost all of the tunes and the production was back to business, straight-ahead Chicago soul. It's a bit of a treadmill affair as some of the songs had been previously recorded by Billy Butler, Major Lance, and Jerry Butler, 6/
  2. Ridin' High (Impressions: ) A sudden jump to the mainstream of mids soul, with far more prominent drumming ("Right On Time"), more piano, swinging horn fills, vibes.
  3. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Ridin' High - The Impressions on AllMusic - - The Impressions were certainly dominating the 6/
  4. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Ridin' High on Discogs/5(5).
  5. Ridin' High by: The Impressions The Impressions were certainly dominating the charts and making wonderful albums in the '60s, and this one didn't break the string. They would depart from ABC in two years, but at this point there were no concerns, even though they didn't match the previous years' glittering array of hits.

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