Lyrics Lounge Discusses The Works of Curtis Mayfield

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Sessions

Lyrics Lounge: Session XVVI

April 8, 2011

There are a number of “unsung” heros in the world of music production and composition. During the 1960s and 70s, the late Curtis Mayfield enjoyed a vast career as one of the premiere composers for black films. One of his more critically acclaimed scores is the soundtrack to the highly successful film Super Fly (1972). At our last session, Lyrics Lounge participants had an opportunity to screen Sparkle, the 1976 Harlem-based film about the rough lives and careers of fictional singer Sparkle Williams and her family and friends. Our theme was “Honoring the Past: Legends in American Music.” The soundtrack album for Sparkle was released and performed by Aretha Franklin, written and produced by Curtis Mayfield. The original track listing is below:

1.    “Sparkle” (4:13)
2.    “Something He Can Feel” (6:21)
3.    “Hooked on Your Love” (5:00)
4.    “Look into Your Heart” (4:04)
5.    “I Get High” (4:11)
6.    “Jump” (2:19)
7.    “Loving You Baby” (3:48)
8.    “Rock With Me” (3:11)

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