Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly
Soundtrack album companion album to Super Fly by Curtis Mayfield
Released July 1972
Recorded 1971–1972
RCA Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Bell Sound Studios
(New York)
Genre Funk, soul
Length 37:05
Label Curtom (original)
Producer Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield chronology
Super Fly
Back to the World
Alternative cover (not for sale)
Deluxe 25th anniversary edition cover
Deluxe 25th anniversary edition cover (not for sale)
Singles from Super Fly
  1. "Freddie's Dead"
    Released: July 1972
  2. "Superfly"
    Released: October 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars
Billboard (favorable)
Robert Christgau A−
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars
Pitchfork media (9.8/10)
Q 5/5 stars
Rolling Stone (favorable) 1972
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars 2004
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars
Vibe (favorable)


  "Super Fly" is the third studio album by American soul musician Curtis Mayfield, released in July 1972 on Curtom Records. It was released as the soundtrack for the Blaxploitation film of the same name. Widely considered a classic of 1970s soul and funk music, Super Fly was a nearly immediate hit. Its sales were bolstered by two million-selling singles, "Freddie's Dead" (#2 R&B, #4 Pop) and the title track (#5 R&B, #8 Pop). Super Fly is one of the few soundtracks to out-gross the film it accompanied.

"Super Fly", along with Marvin Gaye's "What;s Going On", was one of the pioneering soul concept albums, with its then-unique socially aware lyrics about poverty and drug abuse making the album stand out. The film and the soundtrack may be perceived as dissonant, since the film holds rather ambiguous views on drug dealers, whereas Curtis Mayfield's position is far more critical. Like "What's Going On", the album was a surprise hit that record executives felt had little chance at significant sales. Due to its success, Mayfield was tapped for several film soundtracks over the course of the decade.



"Super Fly" was originally released in 1972 on Curtom Records in both LP and 8-track formats. It also featured distribution in countries outside of the United States, including Italy, Germany, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom. On November 11, 1997, Rhino Records released a 25th Anniversary collection of the album with a bonus disc of demo versions of songs, radio spots, and interviews. In 1999, Rhino Records reissued the album with two bonus tracks. On December 11, 2001, the British record label Charly Records re-released the album with several bonus tracks.


Critical reception

Music critics lauded Super Fly. Rolling Stone's Bob Donat was favorable of Mayfield's anti-drug and self-liberation themes, and called Super Fly "not only a superior, imaginative soundtrack, but fine funky music as well and the best of Curtis Mayfield's four albums made since he left the Impressions". In a 2004 review of the album, Rolling Stone gave "Super Fly" five out of five stars and cited it as Mayfield's "creative breakthrough". Rock critic Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album an A- and lauded Mayfield's songwriting. Christgau also wrote "these songs speak for (and to) the ghetto's victims rather than its achievers (cf. 'The Other Side of Town', on Curtis), transmitting bleak lyrics through uncompromisingly vivacious music. Message: both candor and rhythm are essential to our survival". John Bush of AllMusic praised the album's lyrical substance and sound, calling it a "melange of deep, dark grooves, trademarked wah-wah guitar, and stinging brass". On its significance, Bush concluded by stating:

Super Fly ignited an entire genre of music, the blaxploitation soundtrack, and influenced everyone from soul singers to television-music composers for decades to come. It stands alongside Saturday Night Fever and Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols as one of the most vivid touchstones of '70s pop music.

— John Bush



Track listing

Original LP

All songs were written and composed by Curtis Mayfield.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Little Child Runnin' Wild" 5:23
2. "Pusherman" 5:04
3. "Freddie's Dead" 5:27
4. "Junkie Chase (Instrumental)" 1:36
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)" 4:20
6. "Eddie You Should Know Better" 2:16
7. "No Thing on Me (Cocaine Song)" 4:53
8. "Think (Instrumental)" 3:43
9. "Superfly" 3:55




  • Curtis Mayfield – composer, vocals, guitar, producer
  • Joseph Lucky Scott – bass
  • Master Henry Gibson – percussion
  • Tyrone McCullen – drums ("Pusherman")
  • Morris Jennings – drums (all tracks except "Pusherman")
  • Craig McMullen – guitar
  • Roger Anfinsen – engineer
  • Jihnny Pate – orchestrator, arranger
  • Glen Christensen – art direction
  • Milton Sincoff – packaging
  • Harry "Slip" Lepp – trombone


Chart history

Chart positions




Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

EU Charly L 128 stereo (2014). Double LP.

This record for sale in the 2014 reissue of the soundtrack album first released in 1972.

Album produced by Curtis Mayfield.

Both vinyl records attain a Mint- grading, suggesting very few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

All record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged hinge and spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The two original black inner sleeves are perfectly presented.

For full track listing see Own tab.

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