There’s No Place Like America Today is the seventh studio album by 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. The track ‘Hard Times’ was originally recorded by Baby Huey & the Babysitters and later covered by John Legend & The Roots on the collaborative, cover album Wake Up!, featuring Black Thought. It is 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.