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Curtis Mayfield: Super Fly [Original Soundtrack] (1972)

“Super Fly” is the third studio album by Curtis Mayfield, an American singer-songwriter who worked as a member of the vocal group the Impressions in the late 1950s and 1960s, and as a solo artist since the 1970s, and had a great influence on the music scenes around soul and R&B.

The album was recorded in 1971 and 1972, and was released in 1972 on Curtom Records as the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film “Super Fly” (1972). It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

The album is one of the masterpieces of the 1970s soul and funk, along with Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (1971). It can also be listened to as a concept album dealing with the social problems such as poverty and drug abuse.

Elegant and gorgeous sound featuring Curtis Mayfield’s falsetto vocals, funky grooves, sophisticated arrangements of strings and horns, and wah-wah guitar.

It contains nine tracks including two instrumental tracks. It Includes singles, “Freddie’s Dead” (No. 4 on the U.S. charts) and “Superfly” (No. 8 on the U.S. charts).

All the songs written, composed and produced by Curtis Mayfield.

curtis mayfield – Freddie's Dead – Superfly