Curtis Mayfield
Superfly


4.5
superb

Review

by Zig USER (9 Reviews)
July 15th, 2020 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tryin' ta get over

During the early 1970s, Blaxploitation was at its peak with films like "Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song" (1971) and "Shaft, Mafia in New York" (1971). This cinematographic genre is known to be originally made specifically for an urban black audience, as most films deal with poor neighborhoods, slavery, miscegenation, rebellion and sex. However, Blaxploitation includes several subtypes, including crime, action, westerns, horror, comedy and even musical. But it was the soundtracks of the films that really shone at that time, many Blaxploitation works feature funk and soul jazz soundtracks with heavy bass, funky beats and wah-wah guitars.

Unlike the common soundtrack, “Super Fly” is a conceptual album known for its anti-drug and liberation themes. Unlike the film, Curtis Mayfield maintains a much more critical stance, with socially aware lyrics about crime, poverty and drug abuse. However, the theme of the lyrics of the album is not far from the film.

The album starts with Little Child Runnin 'Wild, a soul song about loneliness and drug addiction, with the highlight of this track falling on the rich orchestra of violins and wind instruments. Then another fantastic track, Pusherman, perhaps the coolest track on the album that talks about the film's protagonist (Youngblood Priest). This song features an incredible guitar riff and an unforgettable phrase: “I'm your mamma, I'm your daddy / I'm that nigga in the alley / I'm your doctor, when in need / Want some coke, have some weed.” The next track is Freddie’s Dead, also with a tremendous funk guitar riff and impressive orchestration; like the previous track, this one is also about a character, Fat Freddie.

One of the best things about this soundtrack is its musical diversity. There are two instrumental tracks, Junkie Chase and Think; two ballads, Give Me Your Love (Love Song), followed by Eddie You Should Know Better; and a typically soul song, No Thing On Me, about Youngblood's vision of how drugs took so many friends, and about his release from cocaine: "My life's a natural high / The man can't put no thing on me" . Closing this masterpiece is Superfly, the most well-known track in the feature film. An incredible song that really attracts the mood of the film, being the best way to finish this job.

Overall, “Super Fly” is a unique soundtrack and a true masterpiece, both musical and lyrically. All the tracks are amazing, except Think, which doesn't quite fit with the rest of the album. The rest of the songs show Mayfield's diversity. Being one of the few soundtracks that managed to sell more than the film itself, it certainly demonstrates that Curtis Mayfield was a talented singer and songwriter.



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Zig
July 15th 2020


2279 Comments


Reviewless masterpiece #1

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2020


6287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

waaaa this didn't have a review??? nice one!

can't believe Spotify deleted this from their catalogue, "Freddie's Dead" hits so damn hard

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ArsMoriendi
July 15th 2020


32751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WAIT this didn't already have a review? WTF

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ArsMoriendi
July 15th 2020


32751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review reads like a track-by-track so I can't say I love it

hel9000
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2020


918 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice job. this album is a classic for sure. No Thing on Me might be my favorite song here but then again Freddie's Dead... (that's what I saaaaaaid)... it's hard to choose, every track is awesome.

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Mad.
July 15th 2020


4844 Comments


yesss finally a review

absolute banger

OmairSh
July 15th 2020


17368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Woot woooot, was just jamming this the other day and wondering how come it still didn't have a review. You read my mind

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OmairSh
July 15th 2020


17368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@dedex: I see it on spotify, maybe they removed it in your country then?

bloc
July 15th 2020


64367 Comments


I was just thinking about this album yesterday

someone
July 15th 2020


1541 Comments


a fantastic album and a great review thumbs up

Ziggity
July 15th 2020


1298 Comments


Good review fellow zig.

ReefaJones
July 16th 2020


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you did it you mad man, one to cross off the list

MrSirLordGentleman
July 16th 2020


13686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wtf this didn't have a review? It's an essential one



Damn, great community service right here

ReefaJones
July 16th 2020


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah there are still lots of great records without a review. Check out my list

OmairSh
July 16th 2020


17368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

His voice is pure velvet. Amazing control as well. The production really helps this shine

cotras
July 18th 2020


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Production is shiny indeed. But I could swear this used to have a review...? Account wipe, maybe.

OmairSh
December 10th 2020


17368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Does it even get smoother than this? God daym



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