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Superfly (1972 Film) Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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Superfly is RIAA-certified gold, with million selling singles still popular today. This release features album-length versions of all 9 songs from the film, plus 2 bonus tracks: The smash single edits of "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly." Mayfield's distinctively soulful sounds are as contemporary today as they were when they first hit the airwaves (Rhino's Superfly Deluxe 25th Anniversary release has sold more than 65,000 units since its Nov. '97 release at a higher price).

The term "classic" is tossed about a lot these days, and when it's being used to describe everything from Coke to a Janet Jackson CD, the term is shady. But take my word that the 1972 soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly is a true classic. Why? Because 25 years after its release, the songs still ring true and sound fresh. A morality tale set to funky grooves and plaintive vocals, Superfly is the zenith of Mayfield's socially aware songwriting, recounting the highs and lows of the thug life and the no-win ghetto game of hustling. It's hard to believe, but a doom-filled ode to screwing up ("Freddie's Dead") was actually a big hit during the Nixon years. Truth be told, the record sounds as good, if not better, today and should be in everyone's collection. --Amy Linden

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Little Child Runnin' Wild
  2. Pusherman
  3. Freddie's Dead
  4. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)
  5. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
  6. Eddie You Should Know Better
  7. No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)
  8. Think (Instrumental)
  9. Superfly
  10. Superfly Theme: Freddie's Dead (Single Mix)
  11. Superfly (Single Mix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 4, 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JFV9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on April 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
God Bless you, Curtis Mayfield.

Okay, so I'm a 41 year old white male, big think I know nothing about soul...about funk...about groove? Think again. I grew up on this kind of stuff and I still find myself going back to it again and again not out of pure nostalgia, but because to me, it's "real music".

Curtis Mayfield was a genius. It seems like everytime you turn around now somebody who hasn't even paid his/her dues is being called a genius or a diva which is kind of a sad commentary, because those people that they are calling geniuses cannot even hold a candle to Curtis Mayfield. You think Snoop Dog is going to hold up to the test of time? You really think in 30 years you're gonna pull out your Eminem Cds and tell your grandkids, "Oh, that was music..." I don't think so...

Mr. Mayfield struck a true chord with this recording. Without being obscene or vulgar he captured the sorrows, the joys, the ups, and the downs of not just people who lived on the city streets, but the everyday ups and downs of just being human and to me, that's a triumph in itself.

I love this CD. You really have to sit and be with it and just allow it to seep into your psyche and know that what affects one affects the whole and what affects the whole affects the one. That's empathy. That's pathos. That's soul. That's life.

God Bless you, Curtis Mayfield...thank you for all you left behind.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on July 26, 2001
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This classic LP (which I recently aquired on vinyl in mint condition!) not only made the movie soundtrack a viable commercial enterprise, but it raised the bar for creativity in popular music. Using grandiose orchestral backings, horns and a FUNKY rhythm section, the late great Curtis Mayfield created a masterpiece of modern black music that teaches but never preaches, cautions but never panders, and scolds but leaves the choices up to the listener. Everything about this album works, from the music and arrangements (tell me you don't want to cry when you hear the moaning strings that close "Little Child Runnin' Wild") to the detailed and cutting lyrics ( the brilliant "Pusherman" comes to mind). You all know the hits "Freddie's Dead" (will this song ever sound less than cool?), "Superfly" (what guy can't resist 'gettin' his gangster lean on' when this comes on the radio!) and "Gimme Your Love(Love Song)", THE love ballad of the 70's. The sustained strings and jazzy feel of "Eddie You Should Know Better" is perfect background, chill-out music, and "Junkies Chase" is one of the best instrumental pieces Mayfield ever composed, it's so evocative, you can actually picture the chase scene from the movie while it's playing. This man was a genius. "Superly" is that rare 70's concept album that doesn't sound embarrassing or dated and taken on it's own, without the film it plays as a great cautionary tale to people living the drug/hustler lifestyle. Not a wasted note or word. Essential Listening. P.S. Curtis Mayfield, you are sorely missed. R.I.P.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the film, Priest, a coke dealer, is trying to make one last big score and retire. Curtis Mayfield's score is like another charcater, something of a greek chorus. While the movie glorifies the underworld and makes Priest into a hero, Mr. Mayfield's music tells of the trouble that comes from using and dealing drugs and acts as the film's conscience. Songs like "Freddie's Dead", "Eddie You Should Have Known Better", "Pusherman" & "Superfly" deal with particular charcaters from the movie, but they are so good and stand up on their own, you don't have to see the movie to get them. Mr. Mayfield's combination of Funk, Soul, Rock & Latin rhythms have influenced countless musicians from Eric Clapton to Lenny Kravitz and many rappers. He employs his sweet falsetto and innovative guitar work to their fullest on the album. This compliation has a second disk which has mostly instrumental versions of the album's songs, but ends with a lenghty interview with Mr. Mayfield that makes it worth shelling a couple extra dollars for this version of a great, great record.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on December 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These days, the movie soundtrack amounts to little more than a commercial tie-in, and others have a good amount of material that's not even featured in the films they represent. But Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack to the 1972 film "Superfly" is a standard-bearing classic, and it's quite possibly the most vivid character in the entire film. One needn't see the movie to appreciate this album (though it helps), which is centered around the theme of the drug trade and the repercussions it has on inner cities. From the first note, Mayfield blows you away. The soulful swagger of "Freddy's Dead," the achingly beautiful "Little Child Runnin' Wild," and the tender and sensual love jam "Give Me Your Love" show why "Superfly" is one of most influential albums of all time. Soul rarely gets better than this. On the deluxe edition, we get one disc of the remastered recording, and the other disc has instrumentals, unreleased material, ad spots, and we are even treated to Mayfield giving his $.02 on "Superfly" the film and the making of its soundtrack. This album is a must-own to begin with, but the second disc of bonus material makes it all the more irresistible. If you don't have this album, get the deluxe edition. If you have the original version, then you should make the upgrade and still get it. "Superfly" is an incredible masterpiece that could very well be the definitive soundtrack.
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