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Superbad!: The Soul of the City

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1 Theme From Shaft Hayes 4:37
2 Freddie's Dead [Theme from Superfly] Mayfield 5:28
3 Trouble Man Gaye 3:52
4 Theme From Cleopatra Jones Simon 3:51
5 Masterpiece Whitfield 4:24
6 Low Rider Oskar/Jordan/Goldst 3:15
7 Across 110th Street Womack/Johnson 3:51
8 The Payback Starks/Brown/Wesley 3:22
9 Brother's Gonna Work It Out Hutch 4:48
10 Back Stabbers Smith/Huff/McFadden 3:10
11 Are You Man Enough Lambert/Potter 3:26
12 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Nyx/Gaye/Nyx 5:29
13 Superfly Mayfield 3:56
14 Super Bad Brown 4:14
15 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone Strong/Whitfield 6:59
16 Check Out Your Mind Mayfield 3:29
17 Sweetback's Theme Van Pebbles 3:25
18 Be Thankful for What You Got DeVaughn 3:27
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Superbad!: The Soul of the City

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Time/Life Music

Style: Soul

Superbad!: The Soul of the City

UPC: 610583046724

Release Date: 05/07/2002

Original Release Date: 05/07/2002

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Theme From Shaft, Freddie's Dead [Theme from Superfly], Trouble Man, Theme From Cleopatra Jones, Masterpiece, Low Rider, Across 110th Street, The Payback, Brother's Gonna Work It Out, Back Stabbers, Are You Man Enough, Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), Superfly, Super Bad, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, Check Out Your Mind, Sweetback's Theme, Be Thankful for What You Got]
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Tim Sendra

If you are looking for a rock-solid collection of superfly '70s funk and soul, you could do a lot worse for yourself than picking up Superbad!: The Soul of the City. So many of the big hits are here: Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft," War's "Low Rider," James Brown's "The Big Payback," and the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers." Plus there are a couple of less well-known artists who contribute great songs: Joe Simon with "Theme From Cleopatra Jones" and William DeVaughn with "Be Thankful for What You Got." Listeners are most definitely in for a funky good time when they slide this into their CD player. A complaint one might have is that there is not a single female artist in sight. Here are a few names: Betty Wright, Lyn Collins, Laura Lee, and Aretha Franklin. It seems a crime not to have included at least one of these funky females. Another complaint would be that instead of having two tracks by James Brown and two by the Temptations, the compilers could have found a spot for another worthy funk artist -- like Lyn Collins, for example. Still, if you want some funk this is a good place to start. Just make sure you get some Betty Wright too. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi