Album Title: Mayfield Remixed: The Curtis Mayfield Collection
Genre: R & B
Label/Catalog Number: Rhino/R2 79542
Originally Reviewed: March 16, 2005
Theme remix records, depending on what day of the week it is,
are either a novel means by which to re-introduce classic grooves
to a fresh generation or a quick cash-in that boils down the motif
"house beats on old songs." Sometimes, they work magnificently;
witness Madlib's access to the Blue Note catalog, which resulted
in the impressive "Shades of Blue."
But this one bats around .300, which is good for baseball, bad
for "Remixed," in which caramel-voiced crooner Mayfield
is given a vaguely house-y update by the likes of Maurice Joshua,
Louie Vega and Mixmaster Mike.
This is occasionally fun but mostly forgettable stuff, even on
the classics such as Mike's spiffy but ultimately middling retooling
of "Pusherman" and Vega's update of "Superfly."
Grandmaster Flash hits better with his old-school-inflected "We're
A Winner," which, like many tracks here, sports a fine groove
but goes on too long.