Album of the Day
Few people had their finger on the pulse of Black America like Curtis Mayfield, whose soulful voice as co-founder of The Impressions in the 1960s would illuminate social issues during his solo career in the 1970s. Mayfield's third studio set was actually the soundtrack to the film SUPER FLY, and if the movie glorifies pushers and hustlers, the nine originals here make the toll they exact on the ghetto devastatingly clear. Bleak as the subject matter sometimes gets, the album includes a pair of Top 10 singles (“Freddie's Dead” and the title track) and was the #1 album in America this week in 1972. Vastly influential, the Gold-certified SUPER FLY has been hailed by VH1, Rolling Stone and the Library of Congress as one of the greatest albums ever.