Curtom Album Discography
By Patrice Eyries, David Edwards, and Mike Callahan
Last update: October 21, 2005

Curtom was formed by Curtis Mayfield after he left the Impressions for a solo career. The Curtom releases were exclusively of the soul records genre, mostly produced by Curtis Mayfield or with a great connection either to him or to the Impressions. The first Curtis Mayfield albums released on this label are absolute soul gems. The distribution was first by Buddah Records, but in 1973, Curtom switched its distribution to Warner, then RSO. After the RSO deal ended, Curtom made some independent deals with Capitol Records and Boardwalk Records for some of their artists. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Curtom was briefly reactivated through Ichiban Records, after which the entire catalog was sold to Rhino Records.

The label for the Buddah distributed series is yellow and orange with a red stylized "CURTOM" across a red and blue sun at the top of the label, and the sentence "WE'RE A WINNER" written in black letters under the Curtom logo. The following text is written in black lettering in the form of an arc at the bottom of the label: "EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED BY BUDDAH RECORDS - 1650 BROADWAY N.Y.C." with a small Buddah logo (i.e., the famous "Shiva" statue) first between the words "Records" and "1650," then between the words "Buddah" and "Records" when the address moved to "810 7TH AVE. N.Y.C. 10019." For the 8600 series, this text changed to a lower case lettering.

When the distribution switched to Warner, the label remained mostly yellow, but the top half changed to a multicolored background with a yellow "CURTOM". The text changed as well to "CURTOM RECORDS INC., MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC."

For the last two series, the distribution switched, first to Ichiban and then to Arista (which were mostly reissues).

As far as we know, all releases were stereo only. The track listing below is given in playing sequence whenever this information was available. For the albums whose catalog numbers are marked with an asterisk (*), the songs are given in alphabetical order because the exact playing order was not known to us. We would appreciate this information from anyone who has it.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Curtom Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2000 by Mike Callahan.


Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

8000 series (Distributed by Buddah):

CRS 8001 - This Is My Country - Impressions [1968] (12-68, #107) They Don't Know/Stay Close To Me/I'm Loving Nothing/Loves Happening/Gone Away//You Want Somebody Else/So Unusual/My Woman's Love/Fool For You/This Is My Country

*CRS 8002 - Love's Happening - 5 Stairsteps & Cubie [1969] (4-69, #198) Baby, Make Me Feel So Good/Don't Change Your Love/I'm The One Who Loves You/I Made A Mistake/Little Boy Blue/Little Young Lover/Love's Happening/New Dance Craze/Stay Close To Me/Your Love Has Changed

*CRS 8003 - The Young Mod's Forgotten Story - Impressions [1969] (5-69, #1040 Choice Of Colors/Girl I Find/Jealous Man/Love's Miracle/Mighty Mighty (Spade And Whitey)/My Deceiving Heart/Seven Years/Soulful Love/Wherever You Leadeth Me/Young Mod's Forgotten Story

CRS 8004 - The Best Impressions: Curtis, Sam and Fred - Impressions [1970] The track lineup given on the back of the record jacket is incorrect. The correct playing order is given here. The Impressions hits from the ABC-Paramount days are remakes on this album. Gypsy Woman (S, remake)/Keep On Pushin' (S, remake)/I'm So Proud (S, remake)/Say You Love Me (S)/I've Been Trying (S, remake)/Amen (S, remake)//Choice Of Colors (S)/Fool For You (S)/Wherever You Leadeth Me (S)/Mighty Mighty Spade And Whitey (S)/Gone Away (S)/This Is My Country (S)

CRS 8005 - Curtis - Curtis Mayfield [1970] (10-70, #19) (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We re All Going To Go/The Other Side Of Town/The Makings Of You/We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue/Move On Up/Miss Black America/Wild And Free /Give It Up

CRS 8006 - Check Out Your Mind! - Impressions [1970]

CRS 8007 - The Baby Huey Story/The Living Legend - Baby Huey [1971] Baby Huey and the Babysitters were legendary nightclub performers during the 1960s in the Chicago area. Listen To Me/Mama Get Yourself Together/A Change Is Going To Come//Mighty, Mighty/Hard Times/California Dreamin'/Running/One Dragon Two Dragon

CRS 8008 - Curtis/Live! - Curtis Mayfield [1971] (5-71, #21) (2-LP set) Mighty Mighty (Spade And Whitey)/Rap/I Plan To Stay A Believer/We're A Winner//Rap/We've Only Just Begun/People Get Ready/Rap/Stare And Stare//Check Out Your Mind/Gypsy Woman/The Makings Of You/Rap/We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue//(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go/Stone Junkie

CRS 8009 - Roots - Curtis Mayfield [1971] (11-71, #40) Get Down/Keep On Keeping On/Underground/We Got To Have Peace//Beautiful Brother Of Mine/Now You're Gone/Love To Keep You In My Mind

CRS 8010 - Patti Miller - Patti Miller [1971]

*CRS 8011 - Ruby Jones - Ruby Jones [1971] Bicycle Built For Everyone/46th Street/Freely Away/Have No Witness/Looking Out At Tomorrow/99,000 Times/Oh Boy/Stone Junkie/Tightrope

*CRS 8012 - Times Have Changed - Impressions [1972] (4-72, #192) I Need To Belong To Someone/Inner City Blues/Love Me/Our Love Goes On And On/Potent Love/Stop The War/This Love's For Real/Times Have Changed

CRS 8013 -

CRS 8014ST - Superfly (Soundtrack) - Curtis Mayfield [1972] (8-72, #1) Little Child Runnin Wild/Pusherman/Freddie's Dead/Junkie Chase (Instrumental)/Give Me Your Love (Love Song)/Eddie You Should Know Better/No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)/Think (Instrumental)/Superfly

CRS 8015 - Back to the World - Curtis Mayfield [1973] (6-73, #16) Back To The World/Future Shock/Right On For The Darkness//If I Were Only A Child Again/Can't Say Nothin'/Keep On Trippin'/Future Song (Love A Good Woman, Love A Good Man)

CRS 8016 - Preacher Man - Impressions [1973] What It Is/Preacher Man/Simple Message (Ernie Story)/Find The Way//Thin Line/Color Us All Gray (I'm Lost)/I'm Loving You

CRS 8017 - Love Oh Love - Leroy Hutson [1973] So In Love With You/Love Oh Love/When You Smile/Getting It On/Time Brings On A Change/I'll Be There I'll Still Care/I'm In Love With You Girl/As Long As There's Love Around

CRS 8018 - Curtis in Chicago-Recorded Live! - Curtis Mayfield and Others [1973] (11-73, #135) Superfly/For Your Precious Love - Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler & Impressions/I'm So Proud - Curtis Mayfield, Fred Cash & Sam Gooden/Once In My Life - New Impressions/Preacher Man - New Impressions//If I Were Only A Child Again/Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler/Love Oh Love - Leroy Hutson/Amen - Curtis Mayfield, Gene Chandler, Leroy Hutson, Impressions & Guests

CRS 8019 - Finally Got Myself Together - Impressions [1974] (7-74, #176) If It's In You To Do Wrong/I'm A Changed Man (Finally Got Myself Together)/I'll Always Be Here/Miracle Woman//We Go Back A Ways/Guess What I Got/Try Me (One More Time)/Don't Forget What I Told You

CRS 8020 - The Man - Leroy Hutson [1974] Can't Say Enough About Mom/Gotta Move - Gotta Groove/Ella Weez/Give This Love A Try//The Ghetto '74/After THe Fight/Could This Be Love/Dudley Do-Right

8600 series (Distributed by Buddah):

CRS 8600 - Natural Four - Natural Four [1974] Can This Be Real/You Bring Out The Best In Me/Try Love Again/You Can't Keep Running Away//This Is What's Happening Now/Love That Really Counts/Try To Smile/Love's Society/Things Will Be Better Tomorrow

CRS 8601 - Sweet Exorcist - Curtis Mayfield [1974] (5-74, #39) Ain't Got Time/Sweet Exorcist/To Be Invisible/Power To The People//Kung Fu/Suffer/Make Me Believe In You

*CRS 8602 - Three the Hard Way - Impressions [1974] Having A Ball/Make A Resolution/Mister Keyes/On The Move/Something's Mighty, Mighty Wrong/That's What Love Will Do/Three The Hard Way (Chase And Theme)/Wendy

CRS 8603 - Bittersweet Stories - Bobby Whiteside [11/74]

CRS 8604 - Got to Find a Way - Curtis Mayfield [1974] (11-74, #76) Love Me (Right In The Pocket)/So You Don't Love Me/A Prayer//Mother's Son/Cannot Find A Way/Ain't No Love Lost

5000 series (Distributed by Warner Brothers):

*CU 5001 - There's No Place Like America Today - Curtis Mayfield [1975] (6-75, #120) Billy Jack/Blue Monday People/Hard Times/Jesus/Love To The People/So In Love/When Seasons Change

CU 5002 - Hutson - Leroy Hutson [1975] All Because Of You/others

CU 5003 - First Impressions - Impressions [1975] (8-75, #115) Sooner Or Later/Same Thing It Took/Old Before My Time/First Impressions//Groove/I'm So Glad/How High Is High/Why Must A Love Song Be A Sad Song

*CU 5004 - Heaven Right Here on Earth - Natural Four [1975] (5-75, #182) Baby Come On/Count On Me/Give This Love A Try/Heaven Right Here On Earth/Love's So Wonderful/What Do You Do/What's Happening Here/While You're Away

CU 5005 - Let's Do It Again (Soundtrack) - Staple Singers [1975] (11-75, #20) Let's Do It Again/Funky Love/A Whole Lot Of Love/New Orleans//I Want To Thank You/Big Mac/After Sex/Chase

CU 5006 - Now - Ed Townsend [1976] If You Can't Take Me Higher/Maybe I'll Bump/I'm With You/How Could You Do It//Where Did Those Signs Go/The Moving Finger Writes/Got A New Lease (On Life)/This Too Shall Pass

CU 5007 - Give, Get, Take And Have - Curtis Mayfield [1976] (7-76, #171) In Your Arms Again (Shake It)/This Love Is Sweet/P.S. I Love You/Party Night//Get A Little Bit (Give, Get, Take And Have)/Soul Music/Only You Babe/Mr. Welfare Man

CU 5008 - Nightchaser - Natural Four [1976]

CU 5009 - Loving Power - Impressions [1976] (3-76, #195) Loving Power/Sunshine/I Can't Wait To See You/If You Have To Ask//You Can't Be Wrong (All The Time)/I Wish I'd Stayed In Bed/Keep On Trying

*CU 5010 - Feel the Spirit - Leroy Hutson [1976] (3-76, #170) Butterfat/Don't Let It Get Next To You/Feel The Spirit ('76)/It's The Music/Let's Be Lonely Together/Lover's Holiday/Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)

CU 5011 - Hutson II - Leroy Hutson [1976]

CU 5012 - Mystique - Mystique [1977]

CU 5013 - Never Say You Can't Survive - Curtis Mayfield [1977] (3-77, #173) Show Me Love/Just Want To Be With You/When We're Alone/Never Say You Can't Survive//I'm Gonna Win Your Love/All Night Long/When You Used To Be Mine/Sparkle

CU 5014 - Locked in This Position - Barbara Mason & Bunny Sigler [1977] Love Song/Lonely (Lonely For You Baby)/Locked In This Position/I'm With You Now//My Girl/Never Stop Loving You/Can't Believe A Word You Say/Leaving/Trying To Find (Someone To Love Me)

CU 5015 - Sugar Candy Lady - Billy Butler [6/77] Sugar Candy Lady/I Know The Feeling Well/Play My Music/The Saga Of Sadie Lee//Feel The Magic/I'm Gonna Make Her Mine/Alone At Last (Part I & II)/My Love For You Grows

CU 5016 - Linda - Linda Clifford [1977] From Now On/Be Tender With My Love/You Can Do It/You Gotta Tell Her/One Thing On My Mind//Tonight's The Night/Only Fooling Myself/Still In Love With You/If It's Magic

*CU 5017 - Short Eyes - Curtis Mayfield [1977] A Heavy Dupe/Another Fool In Love/Back Against The Wall/Break It Down/Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here/Father Confessor/Need Someone To Love/Short Eyes

CU 5018 - Closer to the Source - Leroy Hutson [1978] In The Mood/Where Did Love Go/They've Got Love/Get To This (You'll Get To Me)//Closer To The Source/Heaven Right Here (On Earth)/Everybody's A Masterpiece/You're A Winner

CU 5019 - A Piece Of the Action - Mavis Staples [1977] Chocolate City/Of Whom Shall Be Afraid/Orientation/A Piece Of The Action//Good Lovin' Daddy/'Til Blossoms Bloom/Koochie, Koochie, Koochie/Getting Deeper (Instrumental)

CU 5020 - Love Oh Love - Leroy Hutson [1978]

CUK 5021 - If My Friends Could See Me Now - Linda Clifford [1978] (5-78, #22) If My Friends Could See Me Now/You Are, You Are/Runaway Love//Broadway Gypsy Lady/I Feel Like Falling In Love Again/Please Darling, Don't Say Goodbye/Gypsy Lady

CUK 5022 - Do It All Night - Curtis Mayfield [1978] Do It All Night/No Goodbyes//Party, Party/Keeps Me Loving You/In Love, In Love, In Love/You Are, You Are

Curtom (Distributed by Capitol):

ST 12131 - I'm Yours - Linda Clifford [1980] Reissue of Curtom RS 1-3087.

2900 series (Distributed by Ichiban):

CUR 2901 - Live in Europe - Curtis Mayfield [1988] (2-LP set) Introduction/Ice-9 (Ice-9 Featuring Henry Gibson)/Back To The World/It's Alright - Amen//Gypsy Woman/Freddie's Dead/Pusherman//We've Gotta Have Peace/We've Only Just Begun/People Get Ready//Move On Up/If There's A Hell Below/When Seasons Change

CUR 2902 - Greatest Hits of All Time (Classics Collection) - Curtis Mayfield [1989] (2- LP set)

CRC Label 2000 series:

CRC-2001 - We Come in Peace With a Message of Love - Curtis Mayfield [1985]

Curtom label, continuation of CRC label 2000 series:

CUR-2002 - Superfly (Soundtrack) - Curtis Mayfield [1988] Reissue of Curtom CRS 8014 ST)

CUR-2003 - There Is No Place Like America Today - Curtis Mayfield [1989] Reissue of Curtom 5001.

CUR-2004 -

CUR-2005 - Something to Believe In - Curtis Mayfield [1989] Reissue of RSO 3077.

CUR-2006 -

CUR-2007 - Greatest Hits - Linda Clifford [1990]

*CUR-2008 - Take It to the Street - Curtis Mayfield [1990] Do Be Down/Don't Push/Got To Be Real/He's A Fly Guy/Homeless/I Mo Git U Sucka/On And On/Who Was That Lady

Thanks to Peter Preuss, Paul Pickering, and Marvin Heiman.

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