Superfly (soundtrack album) by Curtis Mayfield

Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
(Soundtrack album)
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 514th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 531 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1972 (12th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (120th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (514th)
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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 80.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.

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From 10/13/2021 04:53
Underrated Record for sure
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From 06/18/2021 14:59
inner-city U.S.A '70s funky, silky tragic topic put to music
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From 01/02/2021 23:30
I've found myself coming back to this album much more often than What's Goin On, the album that inspired it and is often compared to. Both albums are classics tackling similar themes of the plights of black men living in 60's and 70's America, with What's Goin On talking more generally about the government and all Americans and the Vietnam war, while Superfly explores the criminal underbelly of the black ghetto, and how we are all susceptible to corruption and drug abuse no matter where we come from. Superfly is simply a more enjoyable and memorable album with or without the serious subject matter and lyrics. The production is better too with more emphasis on a full band performance, whereas What's Goin On hones in on Gaye's vocal harmonies and the string orchestra. That being said, this album would probably have been very different and not as good if What's Goin On didn't come first.
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80/100
From 02/15/2018 21:37
"Shaft" permettendo, "Superfly" è la migliore colonna sonora dei film del genere blaxploitation nonché, probabilmente, il miglior album del Curtis Mayfield solista. E' un soul adattato al nuovo decennio, più ritmato, più sporco, più psichedelico ma non acido.
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From 01/07/2018 23:58
Good, but the songs you know are the songs you know for a reason.
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85/100
From 10/12/2017 10:37
@DJTommy: I agree!
More interesting music. More atmosphere. More Funk.

Man, those horn stabs in the title track are so awesome..
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From 10/12/2017 09:01
Controversial opinion: This is better than What’s Going On.
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From 09/07/2016 22:24
Funky, Soulful, Very good vibe
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From 06/01/2016 18:45
The soundtrack to the blaxpotation classic, superfly, it is also a stunning album in it's own right. Fantastic songs, fantastic performances combine to create a wonderful record with tracks such, freddie's dead, pusherman, and the title track. Great stuff, a seventies classic from the great Curtis Mayfield.
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From 05/07/2015 19:39
one of the greatest funk album ever.
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