Gil Scott-Heron Pieces Of A Man
Uncut: 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]is phrasing is movingly beautiful."
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- Released: May 23, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Sony Music MOD
Rolling Stone - 7/20/72, p.52"...Here is an album that needs discovering. It's strong, deeply soulful and possessed of that rare and wonderful quality in this time of hollow and obligatory 'relevance'..."
Uncut - p.1324 stars out of 5 - "[H]is phrasing is movingly beautiful."
- 1.The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
- 2.Save the Children
- 3.Lady Day and John Coltrane
- 4.Home Is Where the Hatred Is
- 5.When You Are Who You Are
- 6.I Think I'll Call It Morning
- 7.Pieces of a Man
- 8.A Sign of the Ages
- 9.Or Down You Fall
- 10.The Needle's Eye
- 11.The Prisoner
Personnel: Gil Scott-Heron (vocals); Johnny Pale (conductor); Hubert Laws (saxophone, flute); Brian Jackson (acoustic & electric pianos); Burt Jones (electric guitar); Ron Carter (acoustic & electric basses); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums).
Recorded on April 19 & 20, 1971. Includes liner notes by Gil Scott-Heron.
Gil Scott-Heron's debut album presented a groundbreaking young poet of the streets, prefiguring hip-hop and bearing few precedents. While that record focused on vocal recitations and percussion, though, Scott-Heron's second album, PIECES OF A MAN, brought things to another level. Here Scott-Heron emerges as an affecting singer and melodist. With his musical aide-de-camp Brian Jackson, he proffers fully fleshed-out musical arrangements that encompass blues, jazz, and R&B. The striking ballad "Lady Day and John Coltrane" makes a particularly compelling case for Scott-Heron and Jackson's jazzier inclinations. At the same time, Scott-Heron's urgent proto-rapping is still present, as is his powerful social message, most notably on the rabble-rousing "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which would become one of his signature songs. While his first album was an unforgettable bolt from the blue, PIECES OF A MAN is where Scott-Heron truly came into his own.