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].
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