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Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA music?

Postby BMC » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:01 pm

Been on a Impressions and Curtis Mayfiled (solo) vibe again lately and know they have been a great influence for JA artists in the 60s and 70s. Wondered how many JA covers there were, but soon was shown on the Pama forum that question was a bit silly: there are 100s (can't help it, this hardly is my specialty so totally underestimated the amount). Got a nice list of contenders though, but am interested in the remaining question:

What are your favorite covers of Impressions or Curtis Mayfield songs done in Jamaican music?

Easy pick, but I've always loved the Techniques' Queen Majesty (Minstrel And Queen by the Impressions) and was reminded about Devon Russell's Darker Than Blue too. Also love Slim Smith's Gypsy Woman as another example. Just curious, as said, been playing plenty of Impressions and Curtis lately what triggered the question. Among the best music ever made if you ask me.
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby kalcidis » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:31 pm

There are so many that are incredibly good. If keeping off the obvious ones and still one of my absolute favourites has always been Junior English - In Loving You (very nice cover of Mayfield's »Love To Keep You In My Mind«).
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby yms » Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:09 pm

Slim Smith - Never Let Go (not to be confused with the very similar titled Studio 1 classic)

Couldn't find it on youtube. It's on his Just A Dream LP and is amazing. One of my all time favourite rocksteady sides.

Brief sample here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Never-Let-Go/dp/B004BTB2BW

Impressions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjGW8Eg9nQg
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby blakbeltjonez » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:27 pm

that version of 'Never Let Me Go" doesn't seem to be the same song... i don't know the original Impressions/Mayfield song if this isn't it.

my fave is "My Woman's Love"
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby credezcrew24 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:54 pm

A few I know

Junior Murvin - Closer Together/Gypsy Woman
Mighty Diamonds - Wanna Be With You
Wailers - Another Dance
John Holt, Delroy Wilson - You Must Believe Me
Wailers - Long Long Winter
Wailers - I Made A Mistake
Bob Marley - One Love (People Get Ready)

My favorites are Murvin's Closer Together, Bunny Wailers Another Dance, The Mighty Diamonds - Wanna Be With You.
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby Mick Sleeper » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:34 pm

Putting together a new podcast, BMC? :wink:

Junior Murvin's reworking of "People Get Ready" as "Rasta Get Ready" always makes me smile. Surprised nobody mentioned "Choice Of Colour" by The Heptones - sublime.
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby BMC » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks all!

A new podcast wasn't the reason for the topic, Mick, pure interest and a discussion with a friend on Curtis was, but after getting so many track-titles the thought of a mix on it did cross my mind. :lol: Wont have time for it anytime soon though, but for starters the topic did get me to order more Impressions material which is on its way here now. :D
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby Well Charge » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:59 pm

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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby italroots » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:05 pm

devon russell - darker than blue, second that... really nice dub also
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby jps » Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:48 am

Picked up Pat Kelly - I've Been Trying a few weeks ago and found out it was an Impressions tune.

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https://youtu.be/Iuziy-agnNI

Impressions
https://youtu.be/hRcSX1ebyFo
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby draholdski » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:13 pm

So hard to narrow this one down. The Trojan comp 'I'm so Proud' is a wonderful collection of Mayfield covers and Joe White's title track has to be one of my favorites.
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby slengteng » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:18 pm

Johnny Osbourne - People get ready
Bob Marley - Keep on moving (London version)
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby marko » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:58 pm

Another Jr Murvin, cover of Give Me Your Love, the singing, the riddim, the dub and the I-Roy piece
https://youtu.be/eZH70V9hIhU
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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby jahkob » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:58 pm

The Minstrels version of People Get Ready Ive enjoyed plenty. Second one goes to Devon Russel for his version of Move On Up which is almost better than the original.

Minstrels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MnbrN38sJ4

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Re: Favorite Impressions / Curtis Mayfield covers in JA musi

Postby BMC » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:39 pm

BMC wrote:A new podcast wasn't the reason for the topic, Mick, pure interest and a discussion with a friend on Curtis was, but after getting so many track-titles the thought of a mix on it did cross my mind. :lol: Wont have time for it anytime soon though, but for starters the topic did get me to order more Impressions material which is on its way here now. :D


Been a long time coming, haha, 5 years later:

Part I: https://www.mixcloud.com/BMCsReggaeMixe ... onnection/
Part II: https://www.mixcloud.com/BMCsReggaeMixe ... ion-pt-ii/

In these mixes I've joined the original Impressions songs (16 for each part) with one or two cover versions out of Jamaica, in some cases featuring an instrumental or deejay version. Of some of these there are many more cover versions available, but I've picked one or two that bring an overall diverse selection of Jamaican artists in the mixes. There's also many other Impressions songs that were covered, so this is not meant as the definite selection (mainly limited by what I had in my collection), but it is a showcase of the influence and brilliance of Curtis Mayfield's Impressions on the Jamaican music scene: The Jamaican Connection. 8)

(or https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/bmc for people in the US)

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