Pieces of a Man
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No, you will not hear Gil's poetry set to a spare percussion background, a la "Whitey on the Moon," "Brother," and "No Knock." That is a drawback, and be sure go to the Flying Dutchman record for that. But what you will get is beautiful writing backed by a strong band. And Gil's voice was in great form on this album; this is unfortunately no longer true.
There isn't a weak tune, but several stand out: the poignant "Home is Where the Hatred Is"; the uplifting "I Think I'll Call It Morning"; the spellbinding "The Prisoner"; and of course the classic "Revolution Will Not be Televised," which could teach any number of lame present-day rappers how it once was done.
Buy it, put it on, and then lean back and enjoy hearing one of the most compelling voices ever to come out of music.
Scott-Heron is consistently smart and with-it, yet, he is emotionally clear, brave, and open. Scott-Heron understands that songwriting requires deceptive simplicity, and he manages this nearly impossible trick effortlessly. There is beauty and feeling in every track, but there is also raw emotion - this is inspiring music. Songs like Save The Children, Lady Day And John Coltrane, Home Is Where The Hatred Is, and Pieces Of A Man, go straight to the heart. Scott-Heron is no Marvin Gaye (who is?) but his voice is a wonderful, expressive instrument and he applies powerful feeling to the words he crafted.
The album was marginalized because few people made it past the fabulous first track, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. While a few of the references have become obscure, this splendidly idiosyncratic track has lost none of its bite, wit, and irony. This is poet Scott-Heron in full flower - and don't think he's just another angry black guy - his intelligence is such that he casts his jaundiced eye at all 360 degrees of the circle. The comparison between this brilliant, minor masterpiece and what is referred to as "rap" or "hip/hop" is as inevitable as it is depressing. Put this work up against the best example of rap you can find and it's easy to see how terribly wrong things have gone.Read more ›
Naturally, the best known tune here is "THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED" (actually it was... saw it on CNN, and the sponsor was WHITE people... not sure about the white lightening, but I heard a report about a white Tornado.) That said... though REVOLUTION may be the best known of his tunes, listen to this album and you'll hear that he wasn't just an angry millitant. Gil has and had a lot of things to say to a lot of people about a lot of things... and over the years has never watered ANYTHING down. My favorites include HOME IS WHERE THE HATERED IS and LADY DAY, both musically driving, yet lyrically potent.
Featuring tunes about everything from revolution, personal aspiration, uniqueness, individuality, being for real, pain, hope and struggle, the album also features a near legendary Jazz ensemble... yet in a rare twist of fate, its actually GIL's lyrical story telling that puts them all in their place.Read more ›
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One of the Best Gil Scott-Heron recordings. loved it then and still do.Published 5 months ago by Michael N. Scott
Great read, very detailed. If you want to know about Gil Scott Heron's life read this book.Published 11 months ago by Dennis Love
he started the musical revolution in the african-american culture! from underground to mainstream! His classic hit "the revolution will not be televised" is included in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Edith Ross
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