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The Impressions: Impressions - Never Ending Impressions (CD)

Debut albums from 1963 & 1964 by the Curtis Mayfield-led aggregation. ​

These two 1963 and 1964 albums are contained on this the first of five CDs that will comprehensively cover the ABC-Paramount recordings of the fabulous vocal group The Impressions. In their various guises, the group scored 133 (yes, that's not a misprint!) US R&B chart singles and 85 on the Pop chart. Led by the charismatic singer, songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield, the group also included Fred Cash and Sam Gooden (and, for the first album only, Arthur and Richard Brooks).In 1958, the group had backed Jerry Butler such recordings as his mammoth hit For Your Precious Love (No 3 R&B, No 11 Pop).

Mayfield continued to work with Butler as a musical arranger and guitarist but in 1961, The Impressions signed with ABC-Paramount and cut the sultry, Latin-tinged Gypsy Woman. It achieved classic status reaching the charts at No 2 R&B and No 20 Pop.The songs that comprised the first album 'The Impressions' collected early songs from 1961 and 1962 and the subsequent year's sessions, including their next big hit It's All Right (No 1 R&B and No 4 Pop). It also defined the Chicago sound of soul - smooth, cleverly arranged vocals, light dramatic orchestrations and subtle but compelling rhythms.Now tied up with the other co-founder of the Chicago sound - Johnny Pate - Mayfield and The Impressions cut their first complete album 'Never Ending Impressions', a key album from that soul era.

The sound The Impressions created influenced not only American and European pop balladeers (The Walker Brothers, among them) but it had a great influence on Jamaican music. I Gotta Keep On Movin' supposedly influenced Bob Marley when writing the reggae classic I Shot The Sheriff. A message from the keeper of the Kent vaults: Kent originally issued these albums on vinyl as KENT 005 and 008 respectively but they are long deleted. This release marks their first time ever on CD in their original form.

Article properties: The Impressions: Impressions - Never Ending Impressions (CD)

  • Interpret: The Impressions

  • Album titlle: Impressions - Never Ending Impressions (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1995
  • Label KENT

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667212625

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Impressions, The - Impressions - Never Ending Impressions (CD) CD 1
01 It's All Right
02 Gypsy Woman
03 Grow Closer Together
04 Little Young Lover
05 You've Come Home
06 Never Let Me Go
07 Minstrel And Queen
08 I Need Your Love
09 I'm The One Who Loves You
10 Sad, Sad Girl And Boy
11 As Long As You Love Me
12 Twist And Limbo
13 Sister Love
14 Little Boy Blue
15 Satin Doll
16 Girl Don't You Know Me
17 I Gotta Keep On Moving
18 You Always Hurt The One You Love
19 That's What Love Will Do
20 I'm So Proud
21 September Song
22 Lemon Tree
23 Ten To One
24 A Woman Who Loves Me
The Impressions Gypsy Woman Without the richly burnished baritone leads of Jerry... more
"The Impressions"

The Impressions

Gypsy Woman

Without the richly burnished baritone leads of Jerry Butler, who had fronted their soulful breakthrough ballad For Your Precious Love (you'll find it on our 1958 disc), The Impressions were finding it hard to come up with a second hit. Butler had quit the Chicago group amidst jealousy from some members over Vee-Jay Records unexpectedly giving him featured billing on the single.

Chicago native Curtis Mayfield, all of 16 when he played guitar and sang high tenor behind The Ice Man on For Your Precious Love, took over lead duties for The Impressions. He'd attended Wells High School while living in Cabrini-Green, the massive housing project on Chicago's near North Side. Even before that, he doo-wopped with The Alphatones on the West Side and sang hymns with the Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers. That's where he took up guitar, tuning his axe to a very unusual F# chord that gave Mayfield his highly distinctive sound.

The Impressions brought Fred Cash up from Chattanooga, Tennessee to replace Butler. He'd been in The Roosters there along with tenor-singing brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks and baritone Sam Gooden, who now comprised the rest of The Impressions. With Mayfield's airy high tenor out front, the quintet stuck around Vee-Jay's Abner label for a short while, but A&R man Calvin Carter didn't care for Curtis as a front man, so they were dropped. The Impressions made a single for Bandera Records, owned by Vi Muszynski, who had brought them to Vee-Jay in the first place, but Listen didn't reverse their fading fortunes. Curtis took a break to tour as Butler's guitarist, the pair co-writing three major R&B sellers for Jerry at Vee-Jay in 1960-61: the R&B chart-topping He Will Break Your Heart, Find Another Girl, and I'm A Telling You.

"In the writing of them, we would mess around, he would wind up singing the hook with me. So we decided to record 'em that way, and it turned out very well," says Butler. "I think a lot of that had to do with the way Curtis played guitar."

Eddie Thomas brought The Impressions to the major label ABC-Paramount, recording in New York with arranger/conductor Roy Glover, Jr., who decorated Mayfield's exotic Gypsy Woman with castanets and hushed backing. Cut in July of 1961, Gypsy Woman was a #2 R&B/#20 pop hit late that year (another Mayfield ballad, As Long As You Love Me, was its flip side). The Impressions were back.

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Impressions, The - Impressions - Never Ending Impressions (CD) CD 1
01 It's All Right
02 Gypsy Woman
03 Grow Closer Together
04 Little Young Lover
05 You've Come Home
06 Never Let Me Go
07 Minstrel And Queen
08 I Need Your Love
09 I'm The One Who Loves You
10 Sad, Sad Girl And Boy
11 As Long As You Love Me
12 Twist And Limbo
13 Sister Love
14 Little Boy Blue
15 Satin Doll
16 Girl Don't You Know Me
17 I Gotta Keep On Moving
18 You Always Hurt The One You Love
19 That's What Love Will Do
20 I'm So Proud
21 September Song
22 Lemon Tree
23 Ten To One
24 A Woman Who Loves Me