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Editors’ Notes

Even those who'd been following Curtis Mayfield's post-Impressions solo work must have been floored by Superfly upon its appearance in 1972. Taking on the job of scoring a blaxploitation flick about a dope dealer with hopes of escaping the game, Mayfield made his subtlest and yet most forceful statement to date. Backed by his tight band and the occasional widescreen orchestral arrangement, he brought philosophy, sympathy, and an angry knowledge of the cost of the life. This was a sound that simmered — like Al Green's work of the same period, it wasn't the hardest funk, but denying its power would be a fool's errand. Over the years, the slinky, boasting "Pusherman" has become almost as well known as the title single and "Freddie's Dead." In fact, all of Superfly continues to resound mightily in a new century.

Customer Reviews

Curtis Mayfield is King!

Superfly is Curtis Mayfield's greatest album. it includes such great songs as "superfly","pusherman" and "freddie's dead". for anyone one who loves 70's R&B, funk or rock, this album is a must own. if you don't have it go out and buy it right now.


I own this soundtrack on vinyl, it was my first real introduction to Soul/Funk and i was in absolute awe! This record is a classic, and is one of the best soundtracks ever! Even if you are not a fan of Mr. Mayfield or his style of music you should give it a try, buy the whole album; the less hailed tracks will grow on you!

Saw the movie in the theater, bought the LP the same week

My sister and I saw Superfly the film when it came out in the early 70's. Both of us were in high school and the civil rights movement was in full swing in the small town we lived in Tenneessee. She and I were the only two white faces in the movie theater. It was a powerful film for time. The songs on the LP are still haunting and earth shaking as they were then. My favorite from the album is Little Child Runnin' Wild. A strong statement of youth growing up trapped in a world beyond their control. They could only hold on to each other and survive.


Born: June 3, 1942 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Perhaps because he didn't cross over to the pop audience as heavily as Motown's stars, it may be that the scope of Curtis Mayfield's talents and contributions have yet to be fully recognized. Judged merely by his records alone, the man's legacy is enormous. As the leader of the Impressions, he recorded some of the finest soul vocal group music of the 1960s. As a solo artist in the 1970s, he helped pioneer funk and helped introduce hard-hitting urban commentary into...
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