The Impressions :: This Is My Country

People Get Ready” was a vessel for the zeitgeist of the Civil Rights Movement. The Impressions’ earnest, glowing harmonizer made a perfect anthem, thanks to a sing-a-long chorus and a positive, be-gospeled message: a fair shake is on it’s way because there’s a train a-comin’. A simple, powerful, beautiful song.

Curtis Mayfield wrote that song in 1964, but as the decade progressed, his songwriting grew more focused and aggressive… less a prayer, more a message. The richly textured, “vocal group” sound . . .

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