This 1972 funk monument, written, produced and performed by Curtis Mayfield, showed just how personal a soundtrack could be. The rueful, first-person street tales paint the film's characters in a more tender light than might ever have been expected. "Child Runnin' Wild," with its dramatic, swirling string arrangements, sets the stage. The funky propulsion of "Pusherman" moves the story forward, but midway through Mayfield employs his exquisite falsetto to bring a more sympathetic understanding to the character: "Been told I can't be nothin' else/Just a hustler in spite of myself." And the beautiful lament "Freddie's Dead" again brings a perspective and force of feeling generally foreign to movie soundtracks. The album's instrumentals, tracks like "Junkie Chase" and "Think," have had their elements stripped over the years and turned into clichés, but here the originals still burst with power and show off Mayfield's skills as an arranger. Add it all up -- masterful songwriting, gritty funk, and socially conscious lyrics that are more nuanced than the exploitative movie that they're based on -- and you have as fine a soundtrack as has ever been recorded.
Performance CreditsCurtis Mayfield Primary Artist
David McLees Prp
Johnny Pate Performing Ensemble
Technical CreditsCurtis Mayfield Producer,Audio Production
Roger Anfinsen Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bill Inglot Reissue Producer
Johnny Pate Arranger
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Glen Christensen Art Direction
Milton Sincoff Packaging
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THIS CLASSIC IS DEAD ON AS FAR AS EMPLOYING REALISIM TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE FILM IT IS SCORING. CURTIS MAYFIELD TOOK THE INNER CITY HORRORS AND PUT IT TO MUSIC IN DETAILED REALISIM. NO OTHER SOUNDTRACK HAS EVER CAPTURED 'REAL LIFE', AND, PERFECT SCORING OF A MOVIE AS THIS ONE.
The movie would not have been the same without the music of Curtis Mayfield. Superfly is one of my favorite CD's. I highly recommend.