Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield) - 8:50 rating: ***** stars
Mayfield !!! One of his most inspirational performances and simply
impossible to sit still through. The way he swept into the falsetto
refrain was mesmerizing. When I don't understand the things going on around me, or when things look rough, this always lifts me up.
Probably the best live performance is
from an appearance on the German Beat Club television show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN8Z5BQW8So
Obviously recorded later in his career (apparently for another German
television performance), the band intro went on and on and on with the
synthesizers being a poor substitute for the original horn arrangement, but
still an impressive live performance:
The track was tapped as an international single:
1971's 'Move On Up' b/w 'Underground' (Curtom catalog number CR 1974)
1988's 'Move On Up' b/w 'Little Child Running Wild' and 'Move On Up' (live)'
(Curtom catalog number 12 CUR 101)