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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

3.29

Votes

4562

Genres

  • Jazz
  • Soul
  • Blues
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Tue Dec 14 2021
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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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

absolutamente inacreditável que nunca tinha nem ouvido falar disso aqui

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Mon Feb 14 2022
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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Sat Mar 19 2022
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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Mon May 02 2022
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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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Not for me

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Wed Jan 19 2022
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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Thu Jan 27 2022
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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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Blown away by this, really incredible.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
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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Fri Jun 24 2022
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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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

very cool

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Fri Jul 22 2022
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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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

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

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Solid album

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Really loved the sound of this

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Every time I hear Gil Scott-Heron I learn a little bit about something.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

This was such a wonderful synthesis of blues, R&B, and just that classic 70s Black sound. I loved every one of these tracks, but my jaw dropped during H20Gate Blues. That shit could have been written YESTERDAY it's so sadly relevant. I was on the fence about 4 or 5 here, but I've talked myself into a 5 because I realize I want to listen to this a lot more, and also to the rest of Gil's records.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Ok how is Winter in America not on Spotify? It’s fantastic!! I can see how Gil Scott is considered a precursor to hip hop and rap, there’s wonderful poetry here as well as just… good music. Loved The Bottle and H2Ogate Blues, but overall the experience was inspiring. After listening I went straight to Pieces of a Man, which opens with a wonderful poem based on the slogan “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. The rest of the album doesn’t get that political but it’s still a fantastic sou l record. 5/5 for both albums, will revisit a lot.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Soul filled hammond and a reverence that speaks to the lyrics is how it opens and it is captivating. This piano on Rivers Of My Fathers is wild. Dude what a wholesome and uplifting album. OH THE WATERGATE BLUES IS THE BEST! wow what a great musical expression.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

like nothing i've heard before, loved

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Timeless good blues/jazz/soul/funk music !

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Tue Dec 14 2021
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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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

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

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

I liked it i think! very jazzy and soulful.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
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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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

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

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Sun Jan 09 2022
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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Sun Jan 09 2022
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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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

an interesting one

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Mon Jan 24 2022
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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Mon Feb 07 2022
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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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

CD muito bom!

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

...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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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 17 2022
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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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Why is this not on Spotify or Apple Music

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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

heftiges Album

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Wed Mar 16 2022
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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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

sehr gut und an manchen stellen witzig?

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Fri Apr 01 2022
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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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

4/5

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Wed Apr 06 2022
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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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

4.25

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

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

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Wed Apr 13 2022
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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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Funky

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Loved H2Ogate Blues.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

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

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

“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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Fri May 20 2022
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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Tue May 24 2022
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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Thu May 26 2022
4

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

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Unable to listen to the album as not on Spotify.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

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

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

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

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Tue Jul 19 2022
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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Tue Jul 19 2022
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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Mon Jul 25 2022
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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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

wow! So I had skipped this one for months since it's not available on Apple Music. Finally played through it on YouTube today, and was very impressed. So smooth, and so impacting. An amazing glimpse into the soul of the 1979s black man.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

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

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Loud and Proud

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

I really enjoyed this. The slam poetry was the only mark against it, although that was enjoyable in its own way. Best track: The Bottle

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

More familiar with "Pieces of a Man" but I think I enjoy this more, for both the musical arrangements and the singing.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Quite a transition from Smashing Pumpkins yesterday.. this one was really interesting! I've always been interested in Gil Scott-Heron, since hearing I'm New Here it was clear he had quite a history with music, and that title becomes more tongue-in-cheek as I listened to Winter In America. It's hard to pick a favorite here from first listen, H2Ogate blues definitely is prophetic in both it's political message and musical style, there are through lines that can be drawn to today's underground rap, the title track is so groovy with that incredible flute solo.. I love the stripped down production, relying on equal parts jazz, Gil Scott-Heron's songwriting, and importantly on negative space Will definitely be revisiting

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Released by strata-east!love the indie jazz,neo soul vibes

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

I can now see why folks appreciate Gil Scott-Heron so much. The lyricism is incredible!

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

I recently got into Gil Scott-Heron's 2010 album "I'm New Here" and it's fantastic. I'm excited to dive deeper into the catalog. UPDATE: This was fantastic! And it was recorded near where I live! H20 Gate Blues was definitely a standout track.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Great album. Kendrick Lamar might have listen to this album.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Very enjoyable listen

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Personal and political soul music Is soul just blues + jazz + heart? Big vibe Lotta jazz poetry on this one Warm sound to the music "GIL SCOTT-HERON" -LCD Soundsystem (Losing My Edge) H20 Gate Blues was a favorite of mine "Richard Daley: imperial, Napoleonic Mayor of Chicago / Who took over from Al Capone and / Continues to implement the same tactics"

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

no disponible en mi pais pero gil scott heron esta goated

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Best served with a big spliff and a comfy chair. H2O gate blues is still relevant after almost 50 years

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

A nice album, culturally and topically important. I find the music a little elusive on this one, though, even with "The Bottle" in the tracklisting. And I agree with a few reviewers in the comments saying that *Pieces Of A Man* should have had priority on this list, because this other Gil Scott-Heron album was as impressive cuturally speaking as it was music-wise. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 792 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 109 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 51 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 48

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Lot's of Fender Rhodes is always a win

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Loved it, the voice, the music, the variety.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Really cool, as a pianist I really appreciated this album.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

The title track still resonates today.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

A fascinating album, very much describing the times but with relevance for today (how little has changed). Scott-Heron and Jackson craft some brilliant jazz/poetry pieces and the tracks are intriguing and compelling. There are a few sleepy stretches but The Bottle brings back the energy.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

If there were ever an album that we, listening in 2022, can't fully appreciate in regard to its immediacy, honesty, and courageousness, this would be it. I just can't imagine what people thought of this when it landed in 1974. That said, this is a musical form that requires a lot of the listener. It's provocative, and "H20 Gate Blues" is particularly captivating, but after a couple of poem/songs, I found my concentration lagging and found myself missing what Scott-Heron was communicating. Is that on me for not being focused enough? On the performers for not being engaging enough? Is it a challenge of this format? Hell, I don't know. I am familiar with some of Scott-Heron (and Jackson's) material, though I cannot remember the last time I sought it out to listen to. For that reason, I'm glad this is on the list.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

4/5. This is an important album for the Black Experience but there are definitely some misses on the album. I don’t think Gil is a very good singer so extended periods of him just singing is not working for me.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Not available to listen to so rated on knowledge of GSH's work.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Nothing new under the sun.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

The lack of lyrical focus, as in sharpness, is great. It gives the record a driftiness which fits the music just right. The LP form ends up constraining the songs a little bit: I find myself wanting a double album with a musical left turn or a same-length project with fewer jammier songs. Gil Scott-Heron is as musical as I've heard him in these cuts, sometimes personal, sometimes political, but mostly relaxed. Winter In America didn't ask much of me, but it does beckon me back.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Solid jazz album.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

I doubt you’ll find a more accessible and groovy look into life in the inner cities, the African-American communities and political injustice in the 1970’s than this album. The partnership of Scott-Heron and Jackson as as if blessed by a higher power. What a unique and fresh approach to the whole genre. Scott-Heron proves his mastery of the spoken word on the entertaining “H2Ogate Blues” while I am truly moved by “Your Daddy Loves You”.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

A great, barebone musing on the state of the land circa 1973. Scott-Heron truly had a way with words and rhythm, as is extremely well showcased on the culminating track 'H20gate Blues' - transporting the listener back to the political landscape of the 70's. But what really makes the record shine is in the collaboration with jazz and soul musician Brian Jackson. On the groovy 'The Bottle' the worlds of spoken word and soul collide and merge to create a strong social commentary.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Rilassante, caldo. Tra il 3 e il 4, troppi discorsi sul watergate

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

This is an interesting album in their lyrics and the music a little bit too, it isn't a unique genre musically speaking but it is a "songwriter" album. It's relaxing in the music and the voice, however that doesn't means that it talks about something trivial.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

A fun and "ear enjoyable" listen. Loved being dropped in to the the 1970's political environment (and hating nothings changed in that regard)

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

- this album was weirdly hard to find on streaming (aka spotify doesn't have it, found on youtube) - yesss jazz piano overall impressions, i really enjoyed this.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
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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Sat Dec 11 2021
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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Tue Dec 14 2021
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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Sat Dec 25 2021
3

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
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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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Good stuff

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

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

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

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

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Sun Jan 23 2022
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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Sun Jan 23 2022
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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Tue Jan 25 2022
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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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

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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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Já já, þokkalegt.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Enjoyed this artist…. Storytelling

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

The bottle.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

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

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Sat Mar 05 2022
3

Soul

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

Neat mixture of music, poetry and politics. Enjoyable

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

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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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

good not my cup of tea though

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
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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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

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

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Sat Mar 26 2022
3

It's fine

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Sat Mar 26 2022
3

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

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

This feels like one that’s wrong to listen to on steaming, this was meant for vinyl. Had some good songs, liked H2O gate blues the most. 6.5/10

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Tue Apr 19 2022
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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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Most of the album was mildly annoying jazzy improv. The last track was more beat poetry and was great - unfortunately still highly relevant today.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

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

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Mon May 09 2022
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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Thu May 19 2022
3

Soul jazz fusion. Ni fu ni fa.

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Tue May 24 2022
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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Sat Jun 18 2022
3

Nope 👎

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Thu Jun 23 2022
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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Thu Jun 23 2022
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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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Chill sounds, nice to listen to.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

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

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

The Bottle is a standout, the rest is fine.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
3

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

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Tue Jun 28 2022
3

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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Tue Jul 05 2022
3

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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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Fine.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Soul, R & B

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

solid jazz piano sound.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

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

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Ohhhh... The bottle

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

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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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

A nice listen

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Sat Jul 30 2022
3

Lyssnade tyvärr inte så noga... ber om ursäkt

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Sat Jul 30 2022
3

Swag in amerikkka

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Fri Aug 05 2022
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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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

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

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Sat Aug 27 2022
3

3.8 - Wait, this one doesn't have "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"?? "H2O Blues Gate" serves as a compelling stand-in. Some terrific piano and electric piano work on here, and I love the flute on "The Bottle."

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

I liked Watergate Blues. Rest was ok.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

The bottle 👌

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Sat Sep 03 2022
3

Thoughtful, jazzy, a pleasant interlude to accompany dinner.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
3

This wasn't on Spotify. I listened to a few other Gil Scott-Heron tracks instead.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Chilled jazz, counter culture political lyrics. Very cool, but not enough hooks to get me coming back.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

This album is OK. I went back and forth between preferring to not listen and intrigued. The spoken word poetry is nice. The Bottle was my favorite track. The jazz background is not improvisational, so that was welcome. Overall a pleasant album that I could listen to again, but will not.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

Spotify couldn't find this album. I blame Joe Rogan and Neil Young. In light of this, I've listed to Johannesburg which is a live album by GSH featuring the song "Winter In America". This reminded me of some live poetry performance on stage in some bowery bar and getting stoned in the alley before going in for a beer. Super lounge-y, relaxing and all around mellow. The rest of the album he comes off like a true a performer, working the room with lots of positivity and good energy. I really liked his interaction with the audience and introductions between tracks.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

3/5

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

My first exposure to Gil Scott-Heron was on the documentary about Weather Underground, as Winter in America soundtracked the downfall of the movement and its ideals as the 70s progressed. And while the song isn't featured on the album, the titular project isn't lacking in interesting soundscapes. As much of it is Gil's album, the backbone of it is Brian Jackson, who serves as the integral piece of the Scott-Heron puzzle and whose absence from the eventual later records becomes too pronounced. But here the duo are operating at the peak of their powers and it is a pretty solid album to dive into. Favorites: Rivers of My Fathers, Back Home, The Bottle, Your Daddy Loves You, H20 Gate Blues.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Other than the first track that almost gave me a migraine by bouncing the sound back and forth between channels, i thought this was a very pleasing album and a refreshing change of pace.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

This was a delightfully refreshing, honest, and hopeful album. 3.5.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Couldn't find this album anywhere to listen to

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

This album was not available on Spotify and I almost did not check out. But Jen sent me a YouTube link and I'm so glad to have a listen! I don't know if Gil is classified as smooth jazz but I think he's smooth and jazzy and cool.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I dig this overall thing these guys are doing on this record. The band is great, especially the bassist. But I find myself both attracted and repulsed by this guy's voice. On some songs the music backs him up perfectly. On the ballads, though, less so. Scott-Heron doesn't have the most subtle approach to singing; he comes in hot on every song. Anyway, this is a good album and I'll definitely listen to some of the songs on here. I checked out his earlier album, Pieces of a Man, and I liked that a lot more.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Could only find 1 song of his, it was fine.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

This is pretty cool, I really dig the sound. Kinda scary to hear the political messages since nothing has changed in 50 years... Still lots of beauty in this album, doubt I visit it again fully but some songs I'll give more of a listen and the message will stick.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

Ik las dat hij een dichter was en dat kon ik terug horen. Ik vond het mooie, maar ook moeilijke muziek.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Jazzy bluzzy groovy saddening reminder that as much as we change we still stay the same

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Torn here. There's a solid jazz foundation on every track, but the lyrical themes don't always elevate it to the next level. I want more H2O Gate (or The Revolution Will not Be Televised from his prior album) and less Your Daddy Loves You. The latter is sweet and all, but there's not much to it. Jackson's soft piano adds a biting contrast when placed together with Scott-Heron's incredible lyrics in the former. And that's who Scott-Heron is, a brilliant lyricist with much to say and much for us to pay attention to. The Bottle was also fantastic; edgier sound and brilliant lyrics. The opening and closing Peace Go With You, Brother tracks didn't have quite the same bite (though the opener shows potential for where the album could go). Ditto for Rivers of My Fathers (it wanders a bit). I couldn't figure out whether he was trying to do something more profound with A Very Precious Time than singing about first love. Feels like a 3.5, but I think I shrugged more than I perked up.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

If you like beat poetry, then this album is up your alley. If you are not a fan of beat poetry, this is definitely not your thing. I had heard the iconic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" so I knew more what to expect. The music part takes more of a backseat to a lot of the lyrics. Gil-Scott Heron is a pretty good singer, I'd like him to be more expressive and emotive. I would also have liked to have heard more of the band. But the lyrics and the poetry was obviously more important, so... I liked it for what it was, but since I am not a beatnik or a hippie I do not think I will be coming back to this one any time soon.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
3

A little too heavy on the flute

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Good album

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

not a big fan of this style, but I could get why people like it

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Nešta sam pohvatao po youtubetu. Uglavnom, solidan album, nažalost nisam se previše uveo u album.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

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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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Not really my bag

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Sat Jan 15 2022
2

It was ok

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

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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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

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

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

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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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

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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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
2

Funky-blues. Niet erg speciaal

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Sat Mar 19 2022
2

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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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

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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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

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

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

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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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

OK classic 70’s soul, but not exceptional

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

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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Sun May 15 2022
2

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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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Just so not my thing. I appreciate the influence it has had, but as I don't like jazz and I don't like rap, it's just not for me. It seems that the beauty of this album is 99% the lyrics, and I don't really care for lyrics that much.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

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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Fri Jul 08 2022
2

cant get on Spotify

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Mon Jul 11 2022
2

Did not like.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

not something along my tastes

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