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Pieces of a Man

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Description

A reissue of Gil Scott-Heron’s 1972 album taken from the original master tapes.

The album features many of Gil’s most important early songs including ‘Home Is Where The Hatred Is’, ‘Lady Day & John Coltrane’ and ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. Backed by some of New York’s finest session musicians including Bernard Purdie, Hubert Laws and Ron Carter, it is one of the great albums of black American music.

The lead song ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ resonates down through the decades and has recently been featured on the soundtrack to the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. 2014 will see it become part of the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Review:

Gil Scott-Heron's 1971 album Pieces of a Man set a standard for vocal artistry and political awareness that few musicians will ever match. His unique proto-rap vocal style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists, and nowhere is his style more powerful than on the classic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Even though the media – the very entity attacked in this song – has used, reused, and recontextualized the song and its title so many times, the message is so strong that it has become almost impossible to co-opt. Musically, the track created a formula that modern hip-hop would follow for years to come: bare-bones arrangements featuring pounding basslines and stripped-down drumbeats. Although the song features plenty of outdated references to everything from Spiro Agnew and Jim Webb to The Beverly Hillbillies, the force of Scott-Heron's well-directed anger makes the song timeless. More than just a spoken word poet, Scott-Heron was also a uniquely gifted vocalist. On tracks like the reflective “I Think I'll Call It Morning” and the title track, Scott-Heron's voice is complemented perfectly by the soulful keyboards of Brian Jackson. On “Lady Day and John Coltrane,” he not only celebrates jazz legends of the past in his words but in his vocal performance, one that is filled with enough soul and innovation to make Coltrane and Billie Holiday nod their heads in approval. More than three decades after its release, Pieces of a Man is just as – if not more – powerful and influential today as it was the day it was released.
All Music Guide – Jon Azpiri

Track Listing:

Side A:
  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
Release date NZ
April 19th, 2014
Label
Ace Records
Number of Discs
1
Original Release Year
1972
Box Dimensions (mm)
320x320x10
UPC
029667001618
Product ID
22323421

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