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 also illuminate social issues during his solo career in the 1970s. Mayfield's third studio set was actually the soundtrack to the 1972 film SUPERFLY, 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 a Gold-certified hit. We'll give the vastly influential SUPERFLY another spin to close out Black Music Month.