This review is from: Stand Up & Be Counted (Audio CD)
I bought this CD for three reasons - the full version of James Brown's 'Say it Loud - I'm Black And Proud', Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' and Nina Simone's absolutely stunning ballad 'I Wish I Knew How I Would Feel To Be Free'. When you buy a compilation like this you stand the risk of buying a dud, but except for one track I was not disappointed.
The title and first track - 'Stand Up and Be Counted' by The Flames - made what is left of my hair stand on end. The CD as a whole is a reminder of times when music could be (1) politically aware and (2) bloody good. Singling out the remainder I'd cite 'Mighty Mighty' by The Impressions, 'East' by Billy Paul, 'Hang On In There' by Mike James Kirkland and 'Freedom Road' by The Pharaohs.
I give this four stars rather than five for the one poor choice by the compiler - 'When the Revolution Comes' by The Last Poets'. I felt like I was listening to a mirror image of the KKK with its rant about 'Jew Merchants' and blood in the streets. Gil Scott-Heron didn't pull his punches, but I didn't get the impression that he was a hater, and the lyrics of 'Mighty Mighty' - 'Black and White Power; It's going to be a crumbling tower' - is as eloquent as there is a statement of resorting to hate against hate. I'd have chosen an alternative; either Baby Huey's 'Hard Times' or Curtis Mayfield's 'Right On For The Darkness'.
That is my only criticism of what is an otherwise excellent compilation. I will just forget about track 9, and enjoy the rest.