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naughtynige
naughtynige
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Gil Scott-Heron recommendations
Oct 01, 2017, 13:05
I recently got "Reflections" largely on a recommendation of the phenomenal track "B-Movie" but I also love the rest of the album. Now want to investigate more of his stuff, any recommendations for me? Thanks people!
Lawrence
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Re: Gil Scott-Heron recommendations
Oct 01, 2017, 15:39
Try the collection The Revolution Will Not Be Televised as a starting point.
bauheed
bauheed
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Re: Gil Scott-Heron recommendations
Oct 04, 2017, 09:01
When it comes to music, I only have a best of compilation, so can't really be of much help there. However, I would recommend reading his books, particularly The Nigger Factory.
Stevo
Stevo
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Re: Gil Scott-Heron recommendations
Oct 06, 2017, 20:16
Early stuff has him going beyond the limits of hi8s singing voice a bit but still has great lyrics.
By the mid 70s he's working with Brian Jackson doing funk based stuff taht's pretty great and I think his voice has improved.

At his best I think he was teh archetype for the singing style that MIchael Franti of the Beatnigs tapped into.

I have a biography of him that I've yet to read.

I think it breaks down to Soul stuff with great lyrics but Gil's voice possibly not up to it is the stuff on Flying Dutchman
Small Talk at 125th & lennox, Pieces oF A Man, and Free Will.

Brian Jackson stuff
Winter In America ,
From South Africa to South Carolina
Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day
It's Your World
Bridges
The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron
Secrets
Real Eyes
alll of which I've heard is good. & there are a few live sets around from that era that have turned up on places like Dime so may be track downable.

I think the bio I have is Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man
by Marcus Baram

and his won novels are pretty well written. He started out as a writer/poet which is why he couldn't fully sing when he started. He got better later or at least until the drugs got the better of him.
naughtynige
naughtynige
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Re: Gil Scott-Heron recommendations
Oct 08, 2017, 18:46
Thanks, I will get stuck in.
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