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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Original recording remastered


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GIL SCOTT-HERON
‘I’M NEW HERE’
THE NEW ALBUM RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 9, 2010 ON XL RECORDINGS
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 (15 April 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bluebird
  • ASIN: B0000257B8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
2. Sex Education - Ghetto Style
3. The Get Out of the Ghetto Blues
4. No Knock
5. Lady Day and John Coltrane
6. Pieces of a Man
7. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
8. Brother
9. Save the Children
10. Whitey On the Moon
11. Did You Hear What They Said?
12. When You Are Who You Are
13. I Think I'll Call It Morning
14. A Sign of the Ages
15. Or Down You Fall
16. The Needle's Eye
17. The Prisoner

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This is the digitally remastered edition. Catalogue number ND86994 on the Bluebird/RCA label with the following tracks: 1> The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [3:03], 2> Sex Education - Ghetto Style [0:48], 3> The Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues [4:49], 4> No Knock [1:27], 5> Lady Day And John Coltrane [3:32], 6> Pieces Of A Man [4:49], 7> Home Is Where The Hatred Is [3:18], 8> Brother [1:42], 9> Save The Children [4:22], 10> Whitey On The Moon [1:26], 11> Did You Hear What They Said? [3:25], 12> When You Are Who You Are [3:01], 13> I Think I'll Call It Morning [3:45], 14> A Sign Of The Ages [4:05], 15> Or Down You Fall [3:08], 16> The Needle's Eye [4:01], 17> The Prisoner [8:39].

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A compilation based around Scott-Heron's first three albums, recorded for Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label in the early 70s. Several classics are included, ranging from the call to arms ("the revolution will be LIVE") that formed the title track, through to Gil's "Lady Day And John Coltrane" tribute and the pleas for compassion that form "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" and "Save The Children". The voice is ever- flexible, able to switch from jazz-tinged soul to roots of rap. Gil once claimed that he liked to sing in the manner that John Coltrane played sax and shaped his poetry in the way that Otis Redding sang. He achieves much of that here, weaving everything together in a melodic yet never-comprising manner. And if such other classics, such as "Johannesburg", "The Bottle" and "B-Movie" are not found here, there are other, complementary collections to be investigated. And definitely purchased. --Fred Dellar

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 6 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Gil Scott-Heron is one of the great recording artists of the 20th century. It is a shame that most people know almost nothing about him.
He work is almost always interesting and I would recommend (almost) all of his albums. If you are unfamiliar with his work then this compilation album is a very good place to start.
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.
If you want to know more about him then I recommend trying to catch the Don Letts documentary when it is next shown on BBC3 or BBC4. Be warned his life is something of a tragedy - problems with addiction, particularly crack cocaine, and the associated jail time have dominated his later years (particularly ironic as two of his most famous songs - The Bottle & Angel Dust - are tirades against alcohol and drugs).
However, none of these problems detract from his music - he has been my favourite artist for nearly 20 years and I suspect he will be my favourite for the next 20.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
There's no words to really describe this little gem. The only way is to get it, get in on the stereo, kick back and enjoy. Searing vocals, funky as hell jazz grooves and lyrics that make you think (something I don't think that messers Williams or Halliwell will ever achieve). Can't remember how I survived without this album in my collection. A must for anyone music lover.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb 2000
Format: Audio CD
Poetic vocals from a legend, this CD is an absolute must for Jazz fans. Timeless music with as much relevance in today's world as when originaly written. It's as funky as hell. If you get the chance see this man live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dave copeland on 22 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Gil Scott-Heron can only be described as a brilliant Black political poet and Jazz musician. The Revolution will not be televised offers us an alternative view from the US mainstream televisions perception of that every thing is as good as apple pie in the land of the Free. Gil's view is that of a country built off the backs of slaves, a racist country where inequality and social segregation are part of every day life. It could be described as the first ever Rap record,indeed it has been sampled by Rappers such as Master Ace with take a look around. I have only touched on one track because of its social and political significance, one that is still relevant 40 years on. Buy and listen.
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