Back to the World is the fourth studio album by Curtis Mayfield.

"The World" was what US GIs in Vietnam called America, and acclimating back into the world could be a harrowing experience. Curtis Mayfield addresses this problem in the title track to his 1973 album, Back to the World. The album also included his minor hit “Future Shock” (which was remade by Herbie Hancock in 1983 for the album of the same title) and his emotional appeal, “If I Were Only a Child Again.” It took the #1 position on the R&B Albums chart and broke into the Top 20 on the Pop Albums chart.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

All tracks written and composed by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. “Back to the World” – 6:45
  2. “Future Shock” – 5:15
  3. “Right on for the Darkness” – 7:27
  4. “Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man)” – 4:58
  5. “If I Were Only a Child Again” – 2:49
  6. “Can't Say Nothin'” – 5:13
  7. “Keep on Trippin'” – 3:12

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1973) Peak


Billboard Top LPs 16
Billboard Top Soul LPs 1

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