501: THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY | CURTIS MAYFIELD

Bruce Eder at Allmusic writes: The album's one big song, "So in Love," which made number 67 on the pop charts but was a Top Ten soul hit, is only the prettiest of a string of exquisite tracks on the album, including "Blue Monday People" and "Jesus" and the soaring finale, "Love to the People," broken up by the harder-edged "Hard Times." The album doesn't really have as clearly delineated a body of songs as Mayfield's earlier topical releases, but it's in the same league with his other work of the period and represents him near his prime as a composer.

There's No Place Like America Today is the seventh studio album by American singer Curtis Mayfield. "Billy Jack" updated the streetwise chic of "Superfly", while "So in Love" was one of his most affecting love songs. The album was featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, published in 2005 by Cassell Illustrated.[1]

The track "Hard Times" was originally recorded by Baby Huey & the Babysitters (which Mayfield produced) and later covered by John Legend and The Roots on the collaborative cover album Wake Up!, featuring Black Thought, as the opening track.

The track "Blue Monday People" is a reference to the hit rock 'n' roll song "Blue Monday" by Fats Domino recorded in 1956.

The track "Billy Jack" was later covered by Lenny Kravitz on the compilation album A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield in 1994.

The beginning of "So In Love" was used as the sample track by Swagnificent for "Love Song", which appears on his 2013 album It's All About The Abrahams. Full Article