Having bought Curtis Mayfield's solo anthology it wasn't long before I needed to examine his tenure with The Impressions. Covering the period 1961-1968 this 40 track retrospective features all but a couple of this top vocal groups 30 singles from the period fleshed out with some excellent album tracks. Unlike "The Complete A and B sides 1961-1968" which is an equally worthy choice tracks here aren't presented chronologically, and if that matters to you to hear the development I'd recommend on balance that other set if you only want one collection. However the advantage here is the programming places tracks in an aesthetically pleasing order to flow - and the two discs do flow well. Disc 1 shows off the group's doo-wop and gospel origins, with soul akin to the best Motown and Northern Soul added to the mix as things develop. Disc 2 highlights Mayfield's increasingly socially aware lyrics, not least on title track People Get Ready which opens that disc. It's here that you realise what an important group The Impressions were - and just how prolific a writer Mayfield was. This is a top drawer collection enhanced by a short but considered essay on the group's history and status coupled with some nice reproductions of their album covers. You can hear the influence they had on many artists who followed. Buy with confidence.