Curtis Mayfield ‎– Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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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.

Versions (113)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Mon) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Son) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Son) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Son) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US 1972 Sell This Version
3809 011 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(8-Trk, Album) Buddah Records 3809 011 UK 1972 Sell This Version
M 88014 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(8-Trk, Album) Curtom M 88014 US 1972 Sell This Version
CUR 9503 CS Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass) Curtom CUR 9503 CS US 1972 Sell This Version
3116-023 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album) Buddah Records 3116-023 UK 1972 Sell This Version
CRS4-8014ST, CRS4-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album) Curtom, Curtom CRS4-8014ST, CRS4-8014-ST Canada 1972 Sell This Version
3116-023 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album) Buddah Records 3116-023 UK 1972 Sell This Version
MC 2002 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album) Curtom MC 2002 US 1972 Sell This Version
8014-C Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album, Club) Curtom 8014-C US 1972 Sell This Version
CUR M 58014 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album, Sli) Curtom CUR M 58014 US 1972 Sell This Version
CUR M 58014 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Sli) Curtom CUR M 58014 US 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP) Buddah Records 2318 065 Greece 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
583 006, 583006 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Curtom, Curtom 583 006, 583006 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 L Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 L Italy 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065, 2318065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records, Buddah Records 2318 065, 2318065 UK 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014ST, CRS 8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8014ST, CRS 8014-ST Canada 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 L Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 L Italy 1972 Sell This Version
583 006, 583006 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Curtom, Curtom 583 006, 583006 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
YS-2750-DA Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records YS-2750-DA Japan 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 Israel 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065, 2318065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records, Buddah Records 2318 065, 2318065 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 L Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 L Italy 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Curtom CRS 8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
60.005 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 60.005 Venezuela 1972 Sell This Version
80.465 U Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 80.465 U France 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Club, Uni) Curtom CRS 8014ST Canada 1972 Sell This Version
CRS 8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Die) Curtom CRS 8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Die) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
SMAS-95716 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Die) Curtom SMAS-95716 US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Die) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, M/Print, Die) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Mon) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Mon) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST, CRS 8014 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Pit) Curtom, Curtom CRS-8014-ST, CRS 8014 US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Promo, Die) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST, CRS 8014 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RP, Die) Curtom, Curtom CRS-8014-ST, CRS 8014 US 1972 Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST, CRS 8014 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Ter) Curtom, Curtom CRS-8014-ST, CRS 8014 US 1972 Sell This Version
LM-2514 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Unofficial) Liming Record LM-2514 Taiwan 1972 Sell This Version
2318 065 A, 2318 065 L Curtis Mayfield Superfly(LP) Buddah Records, Buddah Records 2318 065 A, 2318 065 L Europe 1972 Sell This Version
SGALP.1674, SGALP 1674 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP) Buddah Records, Buddah Records, Gallo, Gallo SGALP.1674, SGALP 1674 South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
BDLP 4018 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Buddah Records BDLP 4018 UK 1975 Sell This Version
M 201717, 201.717 Curtis Mayfield Black Magic - Super Fly(LP, RE) Buddah Records, Buddah Records M 201717, 201.717 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
RSS5, 2394 223 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) RSO, Curtom, RSO RSS5, 2394 223 UK 1977 Sell This Version
RSS 5, 2394 223 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) RSO, Curtom, RSO RSS 5, 2394 223 UK 1977 Sell This Version
RS-1-3046, 2394 223 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Promo, RE) RSO, Curtom, RSO, Curtom RS-1-3046, 2394 223 US 1979 Sell This Version
RS-1-3046, 2394 223 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, RE) RSO, Curtom RS-1-3046, 2394 223 US 1979 Sell This Version
JD-OTT 370 001 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(CD, Album) Off The Track Records JD-OTT 370 001 France 1988 Sell This Version
CUR 2002 - CD Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(CD, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 2002 - CD US 1988 Sell This Version
CUR.2002-CD Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(CD, Album, RE) Curtom CUR.2002-CD US 1988 Sell This Version
CUR 2002 - MC Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 2002 - MC US 1988 Sell This Version
CUR 2002 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 2002 US 1988 Sell This Version
CUR 2002 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 2002 US 1988 Sell This Version
JD-OTT 370 001 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Off The Track Records JD-OTT 370 001 France 1988 Sell This Version
80.465 U, 30312331 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Buddah Records, Zafiro, Ichiban Records, Curtom 80.465 U, 30312331 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
CUR 2002 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 2002 US 1988 Sell This Version
CUR.2002-CD Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE) Curtom CUR.2002-CD US 1988 Sell This Version
MPG 74028 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE) Movieplay Gold MPG 74028 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
CECC-00256 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(CD, Album, RE) Curtom, Ichiban Records CECC-00256 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
CEJC-1002 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Curtom CEJC-1002 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
MPG 74028 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE) Movieplay Gold MPG 74028 Portugal 1993 Sell This Version
MPG 474028 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(Cass, Album) Movieplay Gold MPG 474028 Portugal 1993 Sell This Version
JICK-89416 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE, RM) Jimco Records JICK-89416 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
CPCD 8039 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, RE) Charly Groove CPCD 8039 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CPLP 8039 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(LP, RE) Charly Records CPLP 8039 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CUR 9503 CD Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(CD, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 9503 CD US 1995 Sell This Version
CUR 9503 CS Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album, RE) Curtom CUR 9503 CS US 1995 Sell This Version
CPCD 8039 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records, Charly Groove CPCD 8039 UK 1996 Sell This Version
R2 72836 / D 226560 Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, 25t) Rhino Records (2), Curtom R2 72836 / D 226560 US 1997 Sell This Version
R2 72836 Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Dig) Rhino Records (2) R2 72836 US 1997 Sell This Version
CDNEW 130-2 Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, RE, S/Edition) Charly Records CDNEW 130-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
VICP-60379 Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Album, RE, 25t) Victor VICP-60379 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
R4 75803 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(Cass, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) R4 75803 US 1999 Sell This Version
NEMLP 964 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Sequel Records NEMLP 964 UK 1999 Sell This Version
R2 75803 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Entertainment Company R2 75803 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
R2 75803 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 75803 US 1999 Sell This Version
VICP-61681 Curtis Mayfield Superfly +11(CD, Album, RE) Curtom VICP-61681 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
SNAP 005 CD Curtis Mayfield Superfly: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(CD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records SNAP 005 CD UK 2001 Sell This Version
SNAD507CD Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, S/Edition) Charly Records SNAD507CD Germany 2002 Sell This Version
SPOT 514 Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, Gat) Sunspots SPOT 514 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
SNAD507CD Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) Charly Records SNAD507CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
SNAP 258 CD Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records SNAP 258 CD UK 2005 Sell This Version
VICP-70093 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly +11(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Curtom VICP-70093 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
VICP-70093 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Die) Curtom VICP-70093 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
R1 524044 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(LP, RE, 180) Rhino Records (2), Curtom R1 524044 US 2009 Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US 2010 Sell This Version
VICP-75011 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, RP, pap) Curtom VICP-75011 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
CHARLY L 128 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(2xLP, Album, RE, Spe + CD, Album) Charly Records CHARLY L 128 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
CHARLY X 670 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(2xCD, Album, RE, Del) Charly Records CHARLY X 670 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CHARLY L 245 Curtis Mayfield Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora) Charly Records CHARLY L 245 UK 2016 Sell This Version
L 245 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(2xLP, Album, RE) Charly Records L 245 UK 2016 Sell This Version
R1 524044 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(LP, Ltd, RE, Die) Rhino Records (2), Curtom R1 524044 US 2016 Sell This Version
CHARLY L 128 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(2xLP, Album, RE, Spe) Charly Records CHARLY L 128 UK 2018 Sell This Version
SNAD507CD Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Dlx, RE, S/Edition) Charly Records SNAD507CD Poland Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8014-ST, CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8014-ST, CRS-8014-ST US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, RE) Curtom CRS 8014 ST US Unknown Sell This Version
MLP 15.702 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RE) Buddah Records MLP 15.702 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST, CRS 8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RP, Die) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8014 ST, CRS 8014-ST US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8014-ST, CRS 8014 ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RP, Die) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8014-ST, CRS 8014 ST US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS-8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RP, Son) Curtom CRS-8014-ST US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST, CRS 8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RP, Son) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8014 ST, CRS 8014-ST US Unknown Sell This Version
CRS 8014 ST, CRS 8014-ST Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, Album, RP, Son) Curtom, Curtom CRS 8014 ST, CRS 8014-ST US Unknown Sell This Version
MLP 15.702, MLP 15 702 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly(LP, RE) Metronome, Metronome, Buddah Records MLP 15.702, MLP 15 702 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
2318 065 Curtis Mayfield Superfly(LP, Album) Buddah Records 2318 065 Israel Unknown Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

September 30, 2018
edited 17 days ago
referencing Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), LP, Album, Mon, CRS-8014-ST

Cutis Mayfield’s Super Fly stood at the crossroads, ushering in a new bright and infectious sound, one that was all about the ghetto, though with its groove laden background, reached out and captured the hearts and minds of white listeners during the hot summer of 1972, where the record went on to sell more than five million copies.

Alright, in all honesty this album did not encapsulate the black experience in America for everyone, though for an element it rang true, embracing the decline of cities across this country, while those of culturally similar backgrounds began exploiting each other, creating even more despair and disillusion. Yet in the same breath, one can see this song and the full album as the cohesive story of the dispossessed and forgotten strivers, those who didn’t, don’t, or couldn’t believe the American dream … so they created their own, with all of the music brought to life with a sense of ominousness, while the horn arrangements only accentuated that fact seeming to ring out as warning alarms.

As to the music contained in this package, perhaps no other element is more tastefully, yet bittersweetly satisfying than the song “Pusherman,” filled with a nonpareil funkiness that roots ambiguously for the underdog (the dope dealer), even in the face of the destruction he brings. Of course this attitude is easily understood if one remembers that the War in Viet Nam was just drawing to a close, with black men returning to this nation unafraid of overweight white cops sitting in their police cruisers eating jelly donuts, talking of their high school glory days. Of course it wasn’t all the result of Viet Nam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and the election of Richard Nixon all played their parts in causing the reality of this soundtrack to ring true.

Super Fly was intended to spill from your stereo bigger than life, filled with entanglements that were beyond analyzation, and to that end, Mayfield was no saint, being arrested many times for his abusive behavior toward women, where perhaps our tolerance of this aspect only encouraged others to swagger down the same path, as they were taught that this was how life was lived. So, while Curtis Mayfield may be considered a rare American poet, one who was capable of jabbing social commentary, he certainly lived a contradictory life. Nevertheless, the album was a splendid vehicle for Mayfield, one that’s certainly been attempted since, yet stands as a singular crowning achievement, perhaps because Mayfield was at the right place at the right time with the right skills.

Despite all this, the underlying current was intended not to champion, or revere the seedy underbelly, though it did have that effect, as its intentions were that of anti-drug, self liberation and social awareness, all delivered with musical diversity and fleshed out with perfection … solid grooves laced with adventurous stories, that certainly inspired the likes of Bruce Springsteen.

Super Fly is an album you can’t walk away from, it will have you stopping on the streets as the songs spill from open windows, or you’ll linger a bit too long at a stoplight as wah-wah guitar solos flood into your car from another, and if any of the songs happen to float from your radio, you’ll be making mental notes to find this outing next time you’re out looking for music.

Review by Jenell Kesler
kida_999

kida_999

June 16, 2017
referencing Superfly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora, CHARLY L 245

bought and received this edition. love the colour and those Additional Tracks & Alternate Takes sound great.

Superfly is Mayfield's perfect moment, flawless where Curtis is still working on the footing. But be sure, at this point, he was already an incredible song writer and an all-around outstanding leader and innovator in the genre of soul.
miroschnee

miroschnee

January 3, 2017
referencing Super Fly, 2xLP, Album, RE, Spe + CD, Album, CHARLY L 128

sounds very good, but the cover artwork is cheaply reconstructed. the "super fly" logo including the lady and the dude with the gun is pixelated, not cut out very well and looks like it was taken from a smaller digital photo source. anyhow it's a great gatefold bundle, thick vinyl with a clean sound.
djksette2

djksette2

June 11, 2016
referencing Super Fly, LP, Album, CRS 8014-ST
My copy is identical to this,except it has 810
Seventh Avenue,the same address as Ploygram Records.
raider_records

raider_records

May 14, 2016
referencing Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), LP, Album, Mon, CRS-8014-ST
What a soundtrack !!Curtis has such an amazing voice!!I was lucky enough to have my pops pass this 1 down :)
jaZz_KCS

jaZz_KCS

June 15, 2015
referencing Super Fly, 2xLP, Album, RE, Spe + CD, Album, CHARLY L 128

Sounds good. First time that the additional Bonus Tracks are issued on vinyl.
Comes bundled with a CD of the original album.
hailtome

hailtome

June 3, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Superfly, LP, RE, 180, R1 524044
Beware: I had two copies of this release and both had "non-fill" issues, which causes distortion. I think that the Rainbo pressing plant, which is where this record was pressed, is somewhat infamous for that. A shame - because the sound on this is great.