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By Amy Linden

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.

Tracks
1. Little Child Runnin' Wild13. Pusherman (Alternate Mix)
2. Pusherman14. Freddie's Dead (Instrumental Version)
3. Freddie's Dead15. Junkie Chase (Instrumental) (Full-Length Version)
4. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)16. No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song) (Instrumental Version)
5. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)17. Militant March
6. Eddie You Should Know Better18. Eddie You Should Know Better (Instrumental Version)
7. No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)19. Radio Spot #1
8. Think (Instrumental)20. The Underground (Demo)
9. Superfly21. Check Out Your Mind (Instrumental Version)
10. Freddie's Dead (Theme From 'Superfly') (Single Mix)22. Radio Spot #2
11. Superfly (Single Mix)23. Curtis Mayfield (On Superfly Film & Songwriting)
12. Ghetto Child (Demo Of 'Little Child Runnin' Wild')

 

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Artist: Curtis Mayfield

Released: June 23, 1972

Availability: CD, Vinyl

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