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Superfly (25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.)
Curtis Mayfield
Superfly (25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.)
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2

The classic original 'Superfly' album coupled with a bonus CD featuring 13 unissued alternate versions & additional tracks, including 'Pusherman', a demo of 'Little Child Runnin' Wild' and an instrumental of 'Freddie's Dea...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: Curtis Mayfield
Title: Superfly (25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.)
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/11/1997
Release Date: 11/11/1997
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks, Classic Rock
Styles: Funk, Soul, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 081227283629

Synopsis

Album Description
The classic original 'Superfly' album coupled with a bonus CD featuring 13 unissued alternate versions & additional tracks, including 'Pusherman', a demo of 'Little Child Runnin' Wild' and an instrumental of 'Freddie's Dead'. NOTE:contains all but one of the tracks from Rhino's 1997 '25th Anniversary Edition' of 'Superfly' (the interview with Mayfield). Double slimline jewel case within a full color slipcase cover. 1998 Charly release. NOTE: slightly different packaging than Rhino's release.

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CD Reviews

Innovative Masterpiece
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 07/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
The Soundtrack to End All Soundtracks.
The Groove | Boston, MA | 12/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
May Be the Best [R&B] Soundtrack Ever
Leonard Fleisig | Here, there and everywhere | 05/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The late, great, Curtis Mayfield's Superfly soundtrack may be the best soundtrack album ever. Why? 1) because it works standing alone on its musical and lyrical merits; and 2) because it works when played/heard in the context of the movie itself.
As to 1) the music is still fresh and meaningful - even now, 32 years after the film was first released. It can be said of Curtis Mayfield's music and lyrical poetry that he 'kept it real' (Choice of Colors, Keep on Pushing, etc.) even before the phrase was invented and well before it became a hackneyed cliche. From Little Child Runnin Wild to Pusherman, Freddie's Dead, to Superfly itself - the combination of Mayfield's voice, his guitar work, the beat, and his lyrics sounds as fresh today as they did when I first saw the movie many, many years ago.
As to 2) the music as a soundtrack to one of the big Blaxploitation films of its day served as a startling contrast to the film itself. The drug-dealing Superfly, Ron O'Neal, was built up (at least in my neighborhood) as an inconoclastic hero of his age. But, Mayfield's music, while complementing the movie's ploit line also served as a grim reality check for anyone taking the time to actually listen to the lyrics. This counterbalance made the film far better than it would have been without a soundtrack because it served to say hey - Superfly might be one cool guy - but remember - Freddy's Dead. The music served (as another reviewer suggested in comments on the non-deluze edition) as a Greek Chorus that kept providing the movie with musical reality checks.This may be some of Mayfield's best work. To me at least it has stood the test of time."