Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011, Chicago, Illinois)

Gil Scott-Heron released 11 studio LPs from 1970 to 1982 and 2 more in 1994 and 2010 respectively. His early recordings declaimed militant speeches in poetic style and his theme ‘The Revolution will not be televised’ (1971) is now considered the first modern rap track in history. He has been teaming up with Brian Jackson (keyboardist, flautist, singer and composer from Brooklyn, N.Y.) since 1971 delivering blues, jazz and jazz-funk, achieving mass popularity with tracks like ‘The bottle’ (1974), ‘Johannesburg’ (1975) and ‘New York City’ (1976). After 1985, Scott-Heron’s life was plagued with issues related to drug-addiction, prison and Hiv/Aids. His 1994 and 2010 recordings were critically acclaimed as cult comebacks.

2010  I’M NEW HERE  –  I’m new here  ∙  Me and the Devil (orig. 1937 Robert Johnson)  ∙  On coming from a broken home (spoken)  ∙  1998  RADIO PERF. –  We almost lost Detroit (orig. 1977)  ∙  1994  SPIRITS  –  Message to the messengers  ∙  1985  ARTIST UNITED AGAINST APARTHEID  –  Let me see your ID  ∙  1982  MOVING TARGETS  –  Black history / The world  ∙  Fast lane  ∙  1981  REFLECTIONS  –  Washington D.C.  ∙  B movie  ∙  1980  REAL EYES  –  Waiting for the axe to fall  ∙  1980  ‘1980’  –  Willing  ∙  Push comes to shove  ∙ 

1978  SECRETS  –  Show Bizness  ∙  Angel dust  ∙  1977  BRIDGES  –  We almost lost Detroit  ∙  Song of the wind  ∙  1976  IT’S YOUR WORLD  –  It’s your world  ∙  New York City (is killing me)  ∙  1975  FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO SOUTH CAROLINA  –  Johannesburg (live)  ∙  1975  THE FIRST MINUTE OF A NEW DAY  –  Ain’t no such thing as Superman  ∙  1974  WINTER IN AMERICA  –  The bottle  ∙  Winter in America  ∙  1972  FREE WILL  –  The get out of the ghetto blues  ∙  1971  PIECES OF A MAN  –  A sign of the ages  ∙  The Revolution will not be televised  ∙  1970  SMALL TALK AT 125th AND LENOX (Poetry)  –  Brother (spoken words)  ∙ 

U.S. RAP 1971: link .. MORE SOUL 1974: link

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