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Winter In America

Gil Scott-Heron

1974

Winter In America

Album Summary

Winter in America is a studio album by American vocalist Gil Scott-Heron and keyboardist Brian Jackson. It was recorded in September to October 1973 at D&B Sound Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland and released in May 1974 by Strata-East Records. Scott-Heron and Jackson produced the album in a stripped-down fashion, relying on traditional African and R&B sounds, while Jackson's piano-based arrangements were rooted in jazz and the blues. The subject matter on Winter in America deals with the African-American community and inner city in the 1970s. The album serves as Scott-Heron and Jackson's debut release for Strata-East, following a dispute with their former label and departure. It proved to be their sole release for the independent jazz label. Upon its release, Winter in America featured limited distribution in the United States and quickly became rare in print. However, with promotional help from its only single "The Bottle", it obtained considerably larger commercial success than Scott-Heron's and Jackson's previous work. The album debuted at number six on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart and ultimately sold over 300,000 copies in the United States. While it was critically overlooked upon its release, Winter in America earned retrospective acclaim from several writers and music critics as Scott-Heron's and Jackson's greatest work together. Along with its critical recognition, it has been noted by several critics for its influence on derivative music forms such as neo soul and hip hop music, as many artists of the genres have been influenced by Scott-Heron's and Jackson's lyrical and musical approach on the album. On March 10, 1998, Winter in America was reissued on compact disc for the first time in the United States through Scott-Heron's Rumal-Gia Records.

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Rating

3.34

Votes

3508

Genres

  • Jazz
  • Soul
  • Blues
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5

Really enjoyable. Reminds you how little has changed in politics since the 70s. (Could not find on Spotify, YouTube link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnkDjMDD3JQ)

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I love the electric piano, the bluesy jazzy fusion feel, the political lyrics and his pained voice. GSH sings like he has lived every word (the opposite of Paul Simon). My gripe is that 1001 shouldn’t have picked this album over his 1971 release “Pieces of a Man”. While I may grumble a bit about their choice of Allman Brothers or Alice Cooper or Steely Dan albums, not including “Pieces of a Man” is a serious oversight. It’s a historic release, with the epic “The Revolution Will Not be Televised” who many say was the first hip-hop song and there’s at least a half-dozen other epic tracks. I’ll never get tired of “Lady and John Coltrane” or “Home is where the Hatred Is”. It’s a highly listenable LP, back-to-front. I was going to post a complaint on reddit/1001 but I didn’t want to interrupt a heated discussion about the merits of Napalm Death.

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5

absolutamente inacreditável que nunca tinha nem ouvido falar disso aqui

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5

Its emotional and political. Gil and Brian used their art and their talents as an extension of the community, to reflect the mood, the sensitivity, the circumstance of the community and America at that time. The wo derful "The Bottle" did unfortunately become a self fullfilling prophesy for Gil Scott Heron and I also believe H20gate Blues is as much about the politics of America today as it was nearly 50 years ago. Now on to listen to another two of his tremendous albums Pieces of a Man and Free Will. Gil Scott Heron is forever in my heart.

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5

SO GOOD. My standout track was The Bottle, and honestly all of side 2 especially . I wish this was on Spotify. For my own note keeping, a blurb I copied from Wikipedia below: Winter in America juxtaposes themes of nostalgic hope to the social problems of the early 1970s, particularly in the African-American community and inner cities.[29][30] Also a prominent theme in Scott-Heron's lyrics is people's faith in their culture in a bleak, impoverished environment.

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5

Not for me

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5

I love Gil Scott-Heron but haven't listened to this one. It's fantastic though. The piano playing is incredibly beautiful and really complements his voice. Another for the vinyl list!

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5

Extremely soulful stuff. Had a blast with this listen, and I'm certain I'll need to check out more of this stuff. Favorites: "Peace Go With You, Brother", "Rivers of My Fathers", "The Bottle", "Song for Bobby Smith"

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5

Blown away by this, really incredible.

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5

A powerful, beautiful blend of musical styles. Despite what the lyrics are talking about, which is important and serious stuff, the instrumentals were soothing and just a joy to listen to. The piano work in this is amazing. And damn, 'H2OGate Blues' is such a good, poignant, powerful song.

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5

I also do not know if this should be in the miscellaneous, jazz, or on which shelf. I know it should be on my shelf.

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5

This was really good, has a way with words. I liked his explanation of The Blues and the jazz song about Watergate. Reminds me of antiwar icier men like Michael Franti and Billy Bragg

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5

Damn I love Gil Scott-Heron. Wish Pieces of a Man was on the list as well. He is socially conscious, calming, uplifting, hilarious, groovy, heartbreaking, smooth, and a hundred other things all in one album and I always find myself wanting more. 10/10

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5

very cool

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5

This album is really enjoyable. Interesting to note Kendrick Lamar samples the first song (at 0:50) in Poe Man’s Dream

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5

Good album. Really liked "The Bottle". Listening from a modern perspective, offers a great window into the 70s.

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4

Timeless good blues/jazz/soul/funk music !

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4

GSH has such a sweet voice, even when he’s simply speaking it’s mellifluous. I agree that Pieces of a man is a superior album and should have been on this list instead. I also prefer his last album, I’m not here to this. But his influence and artistry cannot be denied.

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4

This album is quite enjoyable. The minimalist well played piano coupled with excellent vocals and relevant lyrics really works. 

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4

Not bad, not bad. Like: Back Home Did not expect there's a talk show there...

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4

I liked it i think! very jazzy and soulful.

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4

Scott-Heron's work seems to me sometimes as not so much music as a sonic art installation, which is maybe a distinction without difference? Interesting to listen too and definitely makes me think but I'm not exactly tapping my toes.

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4

It was enjoyable. Good background music; I was listening to it whilst cleaning my room.

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4

3.5/5. Good. Not as good as Pieces of a Man, but certainly a solid album.

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4

This album is a socially conscious blend of soul and cool jazz that at times seems to predict the eventual rise of rap with Gil Scott-Heron’s spoken delivery. This album is somewhat conversational which lends a sense of intimacy that makes its message effective

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4

I realized after researching a bit that I was familiar with Gil Scott-Heron through The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This is great stuff. Super jazzy and bluesy. Loved the piano.

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4

an interesting one

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4

Had to download it - not on Spotify. Proper good stuff this - very funky, very groovy and politically on point all these years later

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4

The smooth Fender Rhodes electric organ all over this album is absolutely intoxicating. Beautiful warbled textures from start to finish executing deeply soulful cascading chord progressions. Of course Gil Scott-Heron's poetry over the top only adds to the alluring atmosphere here.

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4

CD muito bom!

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...unfortunately for me this wasn't available on Apple Music in the States - here's a YouTube playlist if others have the same issue; first 9 songs are the original album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSSNXW9EANA&list=PLDIxWXRU4UDpUpAB4vMTUroYuvodq118L - - - - Different. Excellent. I really enjoy this - very raw with not a ton of instrumentation; I enjoy Gil's voice quite a bit and it meshes perfectly with Brian Jackson's keyboard sound - perfect compliments to each other. The jazz-soul aspects of this definitely are "of the age" and one might say it sounds dated (and it definitely does) but in this case I like it. Really nice listening musically and lyrically interesting especially on multiple listens; many topics dealing with inner city issues and neglect. "H20Gate Blues" is sort of the outlier musically but still fun to listen to and important - a funny mostly-ad-libbed poem dealing with the then-timely Nixon/Agnew fkery of the country. This is one I'd like to actually find on vinyl - will definitely come back to this one. 8/10 4 stars.

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Had to do some digging to find this one, but man did I dig it. I'm really into Heron's work, I feel like we had another album of his on here, but I'm just remembering that I recently bought one from him on vinyl. His spoken-word poetry style, which could at times be characterized as "rap," is really engaging. I love the tracks that are personal or political (most of them to be fair). I know "The Bottle" from being sampled by Knxwledge for "Suede," that's a great track. There's an excellent run of tracks on the back end of this, especially with H2OGate. Really love this, more Gil-Scott Heron would be welcome! Favorite tracks: Your Daddy Loves You, H2OGate Blues, Peace Go With You Brother, The Bottle, Song for Bobby Smith. Album art: Heavy on the framing, but the picture is actually really cool. Love that funky art style. 4.5/5

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4

Quite hard to find, this one - but worth it, his voice is wonderful as ever here, bluesy, jazzy, soulful - with some strong things to say about the politics of the day. Makes you sit up and listen.

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Genre: Soul 4/5 Gil Scott-Heron, a man better known as the godfather of rap, being one of the first artists to synthesize black musical soundscapes with spoken word, feauturing some of the more scathing political commentary that was around at the time, is an icon. While this album, a soul-jazz project with jazz keyboardist Brian Jackson, doesn't truly represent Scott-Heron's usual body of work, it serves as a good starting point for what should be an eventual dive into his archives. There are some really tremendous tracks here. The intro Peace Go with You, Brother is a beautiful piece of smooth soul with some really great singing, to elegant jazz blends on The Bottle, to the song you're more apt to see throughout his discography H2Ogate Blues, a blues jam that Gil Scott-Heron floats on top of with his own unique style of elegantly worded, socially conscious, anti-government rhymes. There should be more of this man in this book (this is it, for some reason), and I'm not quite sure why this was the selection the editors made of his, but it's still a damn good album.

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4

Why is this not on Spotify or Apple Music

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4

This was a cool album. I've been meaning to listen to Gil Scott Heron for a long time. The music is cool, if not a bit subdued in order to give more focus to his lyrics. My favorite track was the last one, which was pretty funny while also making a lot of good points. I'd like to come back to this album when I've got more time to focus on what he's saying 4/5

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4

heftiges Album

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4

Das war sehr cool. Scott-Heron ist eh ne Legende aber das scheint eher ein Deep cut zu sein und hat mir sehr gut gefallen, vor allem diese crowd interaction und der h20 gate track

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4

sehr gut und an manchen stellen witzig?

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4

Huh, the other Gil Scott-Heron stuff I've listened to has been almost entirely spoken word, so it was a surprise there was so much singing on here. There's a lot to enjoy - funk, soul, jazz, and a little of that spoken word I was hankering for... Fave track - "H2Ogate Blues" - that was great, and educational too!

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4

4/5

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4

Finally got around to listening to this one - absolutely great stuff. The mix of proto-rap with the ethereal flute-heavy free jazz creates a great soundscape

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4

4.25

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4

Who will survive. Gil Scott-Heron met de grote woorden der waarheid over den USA. Prachtig

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4

J’adore la sensibilité de Gil Scott-Heron. Cet album est une sorte de chaînon manquant entre plein de choses, dont certaines sont encore à venir. 4/5 à cause d’une certaine redondance dans les styles musicaux.

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4

Funky

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Loved H2Ogate Blues.

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4

Very interesting use of spoken word and jazz. I really enjoyed it.

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4

Muito bom.

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“So, there are six cardinal colors: yellow, red, orange, green, blue, and purple. And there are 3,000 shades. And if you take these 3,000 shades and divide them by 6, you will come up with 500 — meaning there are at least 500 shades of the blues.” H2O Gate Blues

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4

Really interesting combination of jazz/soul and social commentary. It's not always what I'll look for in a music album but it definitely deserves another listen to fully absorb

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4

A forgotten and underrated genius. This is soulful, sprawling and serious. Godfather of hip-hop indeed. Was a pleasure to go deeper with an artist I knew only tangentially.

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4

One smooth, laid-back album, full of groove and soul. Nice

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4

Unable to listen to the album as not on Spotify.

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4

7/10. Nice stuff, and always fun to hear a song commenting on what is now a historical event.

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4

Could not find the album on Spotify! Still listened to some of the songs though

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4

Having lived thru the timeframe of this album, amazed at the cultural references. Great light jazz, non preachy lyrics. Great for rainy morning drive

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4

Hard to get a grasp of this after only one listen. Powerful and smooth at the same time. I need to listen to more of Hill Scott-Heron's work

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4

Love the stripped back instrumentation. Adds just enough body, but still leaves the focus on Gil's poetry. Think it all works really well together. Favorite tracks: "H2O Gate Blues", "Your Daddy Loves You", "The Bottle"

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4

Stripped-down funk based on Jackson’s jazzy keys and Heron’s social poetry. Very solid!

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4

Loud and Proud

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3

Decent jazz album that's great as background music but fails to really convince as the only source of entertainment

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3

Very interesting to hear and see some hip hop prototypes and learn about an interesting crossroads in Jazz history and eclecticism.

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3

I don't know what to make of this. It was interesting and pleasant enough, but I don't know if I would enjoy this so much as tolerate it if someone just had it on in the background. Will have to try again sometime in the future.

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3

Pretty good. Liked "Back Home" and "The Bottle" the best. Not super exciting though.

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3

I didn't listen on the day we had it, as it wasn't on Spotify, but I've now listened on YouTube. It's decent enough, enjoyable chillaxed vibes.

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3

Amazing lyrics from the no 1 voice of America. Music was a bit flurry.

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3

Good stuff

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3

Mukavaa kuunneltavaa. Parasta antia oli kuitenkin lopun poliittinen monologi. Huh!

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3

I've listened to gil Scott heron before but not this album. Decent.

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3

Did nothing for me. Music is good, voice is good, but it just doesn't gel to something great. 2.5/5

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3

Solid and I can see the quality but not really my thing to be honest. I enjoyed The Bottle and H2Ogate Blues but a lot of this album just washed over me without leaving an impression.

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3

-literally 2 of these songs are on Spotify, so this is just a review of "The Bottle" and "Your Daddy Loves You" -"The Bottle" was an awesome song with a sweet jam and cool bass solo -"Your Daddy Loves You" was a meh R&B song -Overall can barely rate because I only listened to 2 tracks

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First thing to admit is that you will never be as cool as GSH. Now that's out the way, this album is a mix of poetry, jazz and soul. Ron Burgundy jazz flute abound with late night piano and warm tones of an electric piano hugging you. Ham and eggs coming at you. The depressing (and predictable) thing is lots of the issues that he raps/sings about here still exist. Best Tracks: Rivers of my Fathers; Back Home; Daddy Loves You

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Gil Scott-Heron on the mic! Brian Jackson on the keyboard! Albumet osar av coolhet från första tonen, vilket också var den bilden jag hade av Gil Scott-Heron sen innan. Hans röst är samtidigt så len och så kraftfull, och den gifter sig fint med Jacksons keyboard. Vissa låtar blir dock liiite för beroende av just keyboardet, och några hissmusiks-varningsklockor sätts igång. Exempelvis låten A Very Precious Time, som är en fantastiskt vacker och poetisk beskrivning av en första kärlek, hade nog gynnats av lite mer fart, lite mer jazz, några fler instrument. Gil Scott-Heron sjunger bra, men hans basröst kommer mest till rätta i någon sorts spoken word. Bäst är det i H2OGate Blues, som är både politiskt allvarlig och MYS. När Gil i början pratar till publiken och säger: "But, first, I wanna do a little background on the Blues and say what it is", så är det bara att luta sig bak och NJUTA i 8 härliga minuter. Gillar också The Bottle och Song for Bobby Smith. Hade albumet funnits på Spotify hade båda åkt rakt in i spellistan. Bästa låt: H2OGate Blues.

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3

Já já, þokkalegt.

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3

Enjoyed this artist…. Storytelling

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3

The bottle.

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3

What a great way to start an album - great sounds. Peace Go With You Brother! Enjoyable experience. 3/5

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3

Soul

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3

Neat mixture of music, poetry and politics. Enjoyable

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malo premelankolično za mene, ali baš lipo dočara taj zimski ugođaj. Da ga slušan uz komin i šalicu vruće čokolade, možda bi bila i veća ocjena

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3

good not my cup of tea though

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3

Give it an average three because the link didn’t work and I couldn’t find it.

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3

what a pleasant listen! yet filled with such purpose and themes. i loved paying attention to these autobiographical lyrics. i also loved hearing the variety of genres here! i'm happy this album made the list. "h2Ogate blues" (a rather clever name) deviates from the rest of the album for some spoken-word, but it was so meaningful. i have to imagine it packed quite a punch in 1973. "i'm sorry, the government you have elected is inoperative."

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3

It took several tracks, but the album locked into a groove at one point that I enjoyed.

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3

It's fine

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3

Very calming music. Enjoyed the listen. All the songs were a bit similar.

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3

Muy interesante disco, con arreglos de piano o teclado que desde el principio son lo más llamativo de cada canción. Encima, la importancia de Gil Scott-Heron como predecesor del hip hop se va notando conforme avanza el disco, donde al principio básicamente canta como cualquier Jazz suave, pero en la rola acerca de Watergate ya se ve perfectamente como es una piedra importante de ese género que estaba arrancando.

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3

bit jazzy, but i lap him up and would be better if i was stoned.

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3

Good start and end. It lost me a bit in the middle. The last track was great and clearly influenced Kendrick Lamar

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3

Soul jazz fusion. Ni fu ni fa.

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3

The beginning of the first song was a bit disorienting in my headphones. The noise went from one ear to the other. I liked the rest of the song. The second song was just ok. I love the h20 gate poem. Easily my favorite song on here.

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3

Nope 👎

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3

Not bad, enjoyed it as easy listening in the background while working. Then the talking part came and I had to focus on that, which was interesting but generally not what I listen to music for.

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3

Jazzier than I expected from GSH, and mostly not for the better. It was enjoyable, but slow and same-y. A few highlights (The Bottle), but otherwise a bit too downbeat for me.

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3

Chill sounds, nice to listen to.

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3

Found myself bobbing along to a lot of this. 3.5 rounded down

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3

The Bottle is a standout, the rest is fine.

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3

Eh bien j'ai envie de vous dire pourquoi pas.

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Je n'ai qu'un vague souvenir de cet album (plus de trois semaines séparent mon écoute de cette critique). La seule chose qui me revient est que j'ai lancé son écoute en plein atelier de réflexion lors de mon séminaire de fin d'année. Ce jour-là, les animateurs expliquaient sereinement le programme qui nous attendaient pendant la matinée lorsque l'un d'eux s'interrompit: « - Quelqu'un a vu robcachetière ? - Non, son siège est inoccupé depuis une trentaine de secondes. » Je me trouvais en effet caché derrière d'énormes baffles de la marque BOSE (les mêmes qu'à la piscine). Je les fis soudain gronder l'intro de Winter In America, laissant mes collègues dans un état de stupéfaction extrême.

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Pierwszy Heron na liscie, a obecnosc nie dziwi, bo jeden z najbardziej cytowanych tworcow swojej epoki, choc w samym czasie tworzenia nie zyskal popularnosci pozwalajacej mowic o komercyjnym sukcesie, ale tak rewolucyjnych wartosci jakie sprzedawal w swoich materialach ciezko o poklask, ktory swoim mocno osobistym, a jednoczesnie odnoszacym sie do calej spolecznosci soulem przetarl szlaki dla politycznego hip hopowania, winter in america byl nagrywany w duecie z Brianem Jacksonem, ktorego mozna uslyszec glownie na pianinie i elktrykowych klawiszach oraz flecie, do pana Gil naleza natomiast praktycznie cale wokale tego 44 minutowego nagrania oraz niektore partie klawiszowe, dodatowymi artystami bioracymi udzial w nagraniach byli Danny Bowens na basie i Bob Adams od drumow, tak jak juz przyzwyczail w swoich poprzednich albumach zongluje wokalnie w okolicach barytonowego tenoru, ktory przeplata momentami proto rapu, wiec elementami recytacji, spotifaj jakas dziwna wersje serwuje, bo plyta niby z 74 z 9 utworami i 44 minutami, a reedycja z 75 ma juz dodatkowe dwa traki, ktore i tak sie nie pokrywaja z tym co jest na spoti, wiec troche misz masz, ale i tak tematycznie nadal w klimatach amerykanskiej zimy, dobry pick na ich lipcowe swieto, chociaz nie jestem pewny jak odnosil sie w stosunku do tej sprawy pan Scott, w kazdym badz razie jest to mocno czarny album, co wyczerpuje calkowicie jego podsumowanie liryczne

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3

Soul, R & B

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3

solid jazz piano sound.

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3

This was alright. Nice jazzy funk sound but not really for me. 6/10.

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Ohhhh... The bottle

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I'm not a big jazz guy, so I wasn't expecting to like this. However, I found it to be a bit more of a fusion between jazz, R&B, blues, and soul, which I think worked pretty well. Some songs I liked better than others. I liked Rivers of My Fathers a lot. The piano playing and the chord progressions were beautiful. But I didn't care at all for A Very Precious Time. It sort of made me want to puke. Overall not great, but not bad. 3 stars.

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3

A nice listen

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Lyssnade tyvärr inte så noga... ber om ursäkt

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Swag in amerikkka

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3

This one started out fantastic with five strong songs and on track for 4 or even 5 stars. Then thing completely broke down for the second half with three 2 or even 1 star tracks that were a huge drag to get through before the final minute was nice again. A real shame.

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Not really to my taste, though I did enjoyed the bluesy jazz style of some of the album.

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Not that great of an album and I didn't really care for it.

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Do disappointing. I live a lot of Gil Scott-Heron's poetry, but this just sounded like lift music. I'd heard The Bottle, which was the highlight, but failed to lift the whole album up.

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Not really my bag

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It was ok

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According to all my searches this album doesn't even exist lol. How do I score this? I listened to another album of his on Spotify from 72, was jazzy. Not my thing. 2/5.

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Вокальный соул-джаз из Штатов. Пластинка 1974 года. Понравилась Song for Bobby Smith. Шикарные звуки электропиано. Но субъективно - 2/5.

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this just really was not my vibe at all like it was funky and groovy but just not the type of music i’d listen to ever.

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This album isn't on Spotify. They do have the title track and I listened to that to get the gist. It didn't make me want to seek out the rest. It's not for me and I'm okay with unfairly writing it off. If the album art is ugly I have a hard time believing I'll like the music... *shrug* feeling brutally honest today I guess. Is it wrong to judge a record by its jacket? Maybe. But it's why they were invented. That's product marketing, baby!

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This jazzy, soulful, blues album was produced by a vocalist-pianist duo in the 70's. The themes on the album deal with African-American culture within inner cities. At release, this album was in short supply and overlooked by critics. For these reasons and after the popularity of its only single "The Bottle", this album became a hit in the underground jazz and hip-hip scenes. This album is considered the best from Gil-Scott-Heron as a result of its rarity and commercial success. Once a CD version was released in the 90's, this album easily sold over 300,000 copies and is still on its way to gold certification. This album was a great listen because you can hear the beginnings of the hip-hop trend in music, blended with the "soul" of blues music. However, these music genres don't tickle my fancy as much as other ones, so I can't rate this album too highly.

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Funky-blues. Niet erg speciaal

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most of it wasnt on spotify so i only listened to a bit. Wasn't really in the mood for jazz music, but seemed like it would be enjoyable if I was

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Unfortunately can only listen to title track - fracking YouTube for the rest just wasn’t worth it

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A few other albums exist on Spotify from this artist, but strangely, this album is missing. Fortunately, I was able to track it down on YouTube. In addition to this being a perfect example of a concept album, it's certainly a protest album as well; the theme carries all throughout but if you haven't been paying attention, it is especially overt on the track Terminal Passage. Overall, the album is filled with strong poetic lyrics directed at America's treatment of Black Americans. Behind its political lyrics, this album is backed by some good, emotional vocals, and a pretty standard blues and soul flare. I am really glad for the opportunity to check this album out and hear its message, and am pleased that the author was able to find this and thought to include it in the project. Musically though, this is not really my jam.

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2, wasn't liking it for most but there were moments

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Gil Scott-Heron's politically and socially charged lyrics over Brian Jackson's sparse jazz keyboards. The concept is taken furthest 'H2O GATE', a live spoken-word track about the Watergate scandal. I would have preferred the album if more of it was like this track, which has the greatest emphasis on the words over the music. As it is, the album is academically interesting and influential but not something I'd return to. (Not on Spotify). Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: The Bottle Date listened: 22/04/22

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OK classic 70’s soul, but not exceptional

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En realidad es uno y medio. Debe ser uno de los discos menos escuchados de los que me han tocado y entiendo porqué.

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Fuck this album for not being on Spotify but that being said it felt a lot like the Marvin Gaye what’s going on type of music where it’s just slow tempo social commentary. This definitely isn’t as good as Marvin Gaye though

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Not really my style, but I like it more than I would have expected...that said, I'll never listen to it again

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cant get on Spotify

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Did not like.

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not something along my tastes

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An interesting and probably more popular in its release time than now kind of album. Gil seems to be the kind that likes to speak melodically to various piano and flute tunes. Some of his singing is really good. The yazz flute gets a little tiring but the piano is good. I feel this album would be better if it was just a more jazzy r&b style but that’s now. The 70s trends were different. 5.0/10

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I was just about to give up when 'H2O Gate' came on and I realized I had heard this artist before and that I liked his other spoken word pieces (namely 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'). His spoken tracks have popped up on the radio from time to time, but I never heard them attributed to an artist's name. I'm glad to now have a name and to be able to make the connection back to LCD Soundsystem's 'Losing My Edge' track. But, back to 'H2O Gate'... I didn't really enjoy the majority of this album. While the tracks did have a nice chill vibe and the keyboardist (I'm assuming Gil) has got some great chops, the flow and tonality and lyrical content all felt off. 'H2O Gate', on the other hand, felt perfect. It cleverly and deftly pulled me into focus and then set my mind sprinting to keep up. The message was urgent, eloquent, thought provoking and enduring. The pacing was exciting, and I am sure that I only scratched the surface of understanding all that was said. I will need to revisit this album somewhere down the road and see if it lands differently with me then. For now though, outside of one brilliant track, I just couldn't connect with what was happening enough to enjoy it much.

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Dull, aimless jazz music. There may have been a message in there somewhere, but I missed it when I fell asleep. Vocals weren't particular interesting either.

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This was just strange. No idea how to explain it.

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Incredible album.

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yuck

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Хрен найдешь на стримингах ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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bad, made me angry, lame.

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Dit is dus precies het soort jazz dat ik niet leuk vind. Of het is iets voor de zondag-nacht omdat er geen energie in zit, Of het is lekker up-tempo maar compleet zonder structuur. *

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Unavailable on Spotify

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- this swung fast by me, hello and goodbye

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Wake me up when it's over.

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Dull

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I wanted to like this, expected to like this but was underwhelming.

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Couldn't get on spotify, tried listening on youtube but it wasn't for me. There was a lack of structure to the songs.

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