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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CHARLY
  • ASIN: B003BL0B1I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Audio Cassette |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,706 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Peace Go With You, Brother
  2. Rivers Of My Fathers
  3. A Very Precious Time
  4. Back Home
  5. The Bottle
  6. Song For Bobby Smith
  7. Your Daddy Loves You
  8. H2OGate Blues
  9. Peace Go With You Brother

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When Gil Scott Heron emerged in the early seventies his unique brand of hard-talking street poetry, combined with soulful jazz arrangements, paved the way for the hip-hop explosion with tracks like 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', 'Johannesburg' and 'The Bottle' remaining a touchstone for generations of artists. 'Winter In America' was his fourth and probably his most complete album, and the first to be co-billed with his flautist, keyboard player and co-writer Brian Jackson. Released in 1974, it captures Scott Heron at a turning point, largely leaving his heavier raps behind in favour of a floating ambience, with his poetry and song being illuminated by Jackson's superb instrumentation. The album includes 'Rivers Of My Fathers', a marvellous, meandering work that ebbs and flows for eight and a half minutes and 'The Bottle', one of the most exuberant catalogues of ghetto alcoholism ever committed to tape. There is also sweet and personal content here, too. 'A Very Precious Time' is a reverie of adolescent reminiscence and the sweetness of' Your Daddy Loves You' shows that not all revolutionaries could be on the frontline permanently. However, Scott-Heron had not abandoned his militant, witty, political poetic roots on' H20Gate Blue's, dedicated to the then-recently departed US Vice President Spiro Agnew. The title track wasn't on the original album, but a live version has been subsequently added to the reissue, as a snapshot of the stilted hopes and aspirations in the post Watergate and Vietnam War mid 70s America.

BBC Review

Winter In America was poet and writer Gil Scott Heron's fourth album, and the first to be co-billed with his flautist, keyboard player and co-writer Brian Jackson.

Recorded in September 1973 and released the following year, it captures Scott Heron at a turning point, largely leaving his heavier raps behind in favour of a floating ambience, with his poetry and song being illuminated by Jackson's superb instrumentation.

Rivers Of My Fathers is a marvellous, meandering work that ebbs and flows for eight and a half minutes; Scott-Heron's spoken utterance of ''Africa'' at the end chimes with the afro-centricity of the early 70s, and is conveyed great emotion and honesty.

The album's commercial centrepiece, The Bottle, is one of the most exuberant catalogues of ghetto alcoholism ever committed to tape. It truly struck a chord and has been much loved as well as covered by artists as diverse as Joe Bataan and Paul Weller. There is sweet and personal content here, too. A Very Precious Time is a reverie of adolescent reminiscence and the sweetness of Your Daddy Loves You shows that not all revolutionaries could be on the frontline permanently.

However, Scott-Heron had not abandoned his militant, witty, political poetic roots on H20Gate Blues, dedicated to the then-recently departed US Vice President Spiro Agnew. The title track wasn't on the original album, but a live version has been subsequently added to the reissue. It is should be played as standard on all modern history courses as a snapshot of the stilted hopes and aspirations in the post Watergate and Vietnam War mid 70s America.

Winter In America is probably Scott-Heron's most complete album. It certainly is one of his most compelling; it also highlights how great a foil Brian Jackson was to him. An affecting work. --Daryl Easlea

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