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Superfly (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition]

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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 yet. 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

An Expanded Stroke of Genius

This expanded edition of Curtis Mayfield's masterpiece is all killer, no filler. The bonus tracks are all phenomenal, especially the instrumental funk tracks that reveal the musical underpinnings of these expertly arranged compositions. On top of that ... it's darned funky.


curtis was and still is a great musican. i was bawlig when he died, and this album is my explantion for my tears.

Better than I remembered

Way back in 1973, my mom didn't understand why I bought this album. That vinyl LP is long gone, and I am happy to now have it in my digital collection. The extra songs on this album are worth it. The added horns on Pusherman, for example. Great, great album. Drugs are as much a part of our society as they were 30 years ago, and the message of hope and inspiration in the lyrics still resonate.


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 soul music. "Gypsy Woman," "It's...
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