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Without doubt one of the most important voices in 20th century music, Gil Scott-Heron has been called a Vietnam-era Langston Hughes, a proto-rap pioneer, and - offensively but not inaccurately - the black Bob Dylan, someone whose unfailingly sharp and ironic eye spared neither ... Read more in Amazon's Gil Scott-Heron Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgp
  • ASIN: B00HS95I3A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
2. Save The Children
3. Lady Day And John Coltrane
4. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
5. When You Are Who You Are
6. I Think I'll Call It Morning
7. Pieces Of A Man
8. A Sign Of The Ages
9. Or Down You Fall
10. The Needle's Eye
11. The Prisoner
12. Chains (Black & Blues) Black And Blues
13. Peace (Black And Blues) Black And Blues
14. A Toast To The People (Black & Blues) Black And Blues

Product Description

A reissue of Gil Scott-Heron's 1972 album taken from the original master tapes and featuring three songs (two previously unreleased) by Gil's college group Black and Blues. The booklet features an in-depth song analysis. The album features many of Gil's most important early songs including Home Is Where The Hatred Is , Lady Day & John Coltrane and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised . Backed by some of New York's finest session musicians including Bernard Purdie, Hubert Laws and Ron Carter, it is one of the great albums of black American music. The lead song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised resonates down through the decades and has recently been featured on the soundtrack to the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. 2014 will see it become part of the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "candyapplegrey" on 5 Jun 2003
Format: Audio CD
In an effort to be succint and convey my true feelings for this album I plumped for the title 'Wow!!' This truely is a stunning work of art that is completely free of self-conscious playing to the gallery (which has marred so much Black Music) and pretension. There is an extraordinary depth and breath of emotion, lyrical subject matter and musical structure on this album. Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' is one of the great political statements and even though some of its content may seem dated the sentiment and passion that conveys it is just as profound today as it was then. There are so many great songs here, often juxtaposing the personal and the political to such effect that the listener is unable to resist pressing the repeat button and taking the day off work..it's that good! I think what makes this such a special album for me is that this is intensely personal music from an intense, beautiful and angry soul and yet it never drifts in to that self-indulgent whinning that characterises so much of the so-called 'personal' heavy rock of today (aka 'bedwetter rock'..Linkin Park Etc). It posseses that wonderful quality of being both cerebral and uplifting (qualities not harvested by many of Gil Scott-Heron's present day rap followers.) There is not one bad track on the album and it is wonderfully sequenced taking the listener on a journey that is varied lyrically, musically and emotionally and still manages to retain the sense that the songs are part of a larger piece of work. Since to see this review you are alreay on the right page just BUY THE ALBUM AND HEAR FOR YOURSELF. A TRUE MASTERPIECE.
best tracks: ALL OF THEM! I can't praise this album enough.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 25 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
Gil Scott-Heron is one of the great recording artists of the 20th century; it is a shame that he is relatively unknown. His work is always interesting and I would recommend (almost) all of his albums. Pieces of a Man is one of his best, if not the best, albums.
Gil Scott-Heron draws on a wide range of influences: the music of John Coltrane, the blues, the oral traditions of the American South and many others to create fantastic music in a variety of different styles from spoken word/rap to (almost) soul. He is perhaps best known for his searing political (and personal) lyrics that are often so good that they can be read as poetry. However, he is also an excellent musician and the music always complements his lyrics. Musically this album is wonderful, interesting and varied, at times it is simply beautiful. As with much of Gil Scott Heron's best work a lot of credit must go to Brian Jackson his long time and best collaborator.
'Pieces of a Man' finds GSH at his most perceptive and penetrating, both politically and personally.
'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' is probably his most famous song - remarkably it works almost as well as poetry as it does as a song. Some of the references may now be a little obscure but it is an amazing, powerful piece of work that has lost little, if any, of its bite or relevance. 'Save the Children' is a beautiful, uplifting plea to care for and nurture the next generation. 'Lady Day & John Coltrane' is simply beautiful and a personal favourite. 'Home is where the hatred is' is haunting and wonderful, it is particularly poignant if you know anything about his personal life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By acid_win VINE VOICE on 17 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Where do I begin on what to me is perhaps the best GSH album? This album as with all GSH albums is very biting, evocative but above all else it is musically brilliant. The lyrics can be very much in your face but at the same time they can be quite subtle and you understand them through the frustrations that you have felt trying to get someone to understand your point of view or just for the joys that we all hope for. For example, in the track "The Needles Eye" when GSH speaks about going to see his father who didn't want to answer him you immediately empathise and get drawn into the song. "Save the Children" immediately makes you want to do the best, as we should for the next generation and to give them the best tools to take on our role in life/society.
Others may argue that "Winter in America" or "From South Africa to South Carolina" are better but Pieces of a Man has a broader spectrum of topics and at times it is quite dispairing, especially when you consider that it was released in the early 70's melting pot of America but there are enough songs that counterbalance this. Uplifting songs such as "I'll think I'll call it morning", "Save the children" and "When you are who you are". If you were to pick up a best of GSH you would undoubtedly find many of the tracks from this album on it.
To single out a few tracks from this album however, doesn't do justice to the quality of the album as a whole. This is definitely one of those albums that you would pick up put in your CD player and just listen to from start to beginning.
Brian Jackson should also be given credit as he was collaborating with Gil on this and many of his seminal albums. Make no mistake the Brian Jackson GSH partnership is what makes this and much of his early work exceptional.
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