Easily among the finest live soul records of all time, Curtis/Live! helped to serve as Mayfield's official departure from the Impressions and solidify his standing as a force to be reckoned with in his own right. Recorded live at the Bitter End in January 1971, the LP is a testament to the man's incredible guitar work and, buoyed by the slimmed-down ensemble, his deft ability at crafting tunes that held up even without the mountain of horns and embellishments featured so prominently in his studio albums. But what's most amazing about Curtis/Live! is the extreme subtlety with which this music, and Mayfield's overtly political bend were displayed; and how both have gone unmatched despite being often imitated for so long. With Mayfield's message startlingly relevant today, this LP is simply too good to not be in your collection.