Roots (Curtis Mayfield album)

Roots is Curtis Mayfield’s second studio album, released in October 1971 (see 1971 in music). Having received critical praise from a variety of publications, the album is regarded as not just one of Mayfield's best works but also as a classic release of the '70s soul era, with Allmusic critic Bruce Eder stating that "the album soars on some of the sweetest and most eloquent... soul sounds heard up to that time". The album became a commercial success as well, hitting the #6 slot on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart.[1]

Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1971
RecordedRCA Studios, Chicago, Illinois
GenreSoul, funk, psychedelic soul
ProducerCurtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone[5]

Track listing

Original release

All songs written and composed by Curtis Mayfield, except as noted.

  1. "Get Down" – 5:45
  2. "Keep On Keeping On" – 5:08
  3. "Underground" – 5:15
  4. "We Got to Have Peace" – 4:44
  5. "Beautiful Brother of Mine" – 7:23
  6. "Now You're Gone" (Mayfield, Joseph Scott) – 6:50
  7. "Love to Keep You in My Mind" – 3:48

Bonus tracks

In 1999, Rhino Records re-released the album with four bonus tracks including a demo version of "Underground" and single edits for "Get Down', "We Got to Have Peace" and "Beautiful Brother of Mine".

  1. "Underground" [demo version] – 3:17
  2. "Get Down" [Single edit] – 3:55
  3. "We Got to Have Peace" [Single edit] – 3:39
  4. "Beautiful Brother of Mine" [Single edit] – 3:09


Chart positions

Chart (1971) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 40
Billboard Top Soul LPs 6


  1. Eder, Bruce. Roots at AllMusic. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 via
  3. Rolling Stone review
  4. Rolling Stone review
  5. Hoard, Christian (November 24, 2004). "Review: Roots". Rolling Stone: 523–524.

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