Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces of a Man download album
Complete your Gil Scott-Heron collection. Pieces Of A Man (LP, Album, Gat).
Pieces of a Man is the first studio album by American vocalist Gil Scott-Heron. It was recorded in April 1971 at RCA Studios in New York City and released later that year by Flying Dutchman Records. The album followed Heron's debut live album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (1970) and departed from that album's spoken word performance, instead featuring compositions in a more conventional popular song structure.
Gil Scott-Heron's 1971 album Pieces of a Man set a standard for vocal artistry and political awareness that few musicians will ever match. His unique proto-rap vocal style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists, and nowhere is his style more powerful than on the classic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Even though the media - the very entity attacked in this song - has used, reused, and recontextualized the song and its title so many times, the message is so strong that it has become almost impossible to co-opt
Jagged jigsaw pieces Tossed about the room I saw my grandma sweeping With her old straw broom But she didn't know what she was doing She could hardly understand That she was really sweeping up Pieces of a man. I saw my daddy meet the mailman And I heard the mailman say "Now don't you take this letter to heart now, Jimmy Cause they've laid off nine others today" But he didn't know what he was saying He could hardly understand That he was only talking to Pieces of a man. I saw the thund.
Pieces of a Man is one of his best, if not the best, albums. Gil Scott-Heron draws on a wide range of influences: the music of John Coltrane, the blues, the oral traditions of the American South and many others to create fantastic music in a variety of different styles from spoken word/rap to (almost) soul.
Let's get one thing straight - Pieces of a Man doesn't even start until the third track. Don't get suckered in by the two before it. The much-referenced "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is a great song, worthy of its plaudits as a furious and funky call to arms and an important early touchstone for the emerging hip-hop subculture in America, both in its anti-establishment stance and its dizzying patchwork of cultural references. But then the album proper kicks in - and it's very, very good. The last 8 songs on here all fall in line with the soul of the very early '70s - think a Curtis that replaces an orchestra with a chamber band, or a What's Going On that replaces head-in-the-clouds wistfulness with earthy indignation, or a There's A Riot Goin' On without the drugs.
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Tracklist: 1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, 2. Save The Children, 3. Lady Day And John Coltrane, 4. Home Is Where The Hatred Is, 5. When You Are Who You Are, 6. I Think I’ll Call It Morning, 7. Pieces Of A Man, 8. A Sign Of The Ages, 9. Or Down You Fall, 10. The Needle’s Eye, 11. The Prisoner. More albums from Gil Scott-Heron: Masterpiece Theatre by Gil Scott-Heron. Nothing New by Gil Scott-Heron. Real Eyes by Gil Scott-Heron. I’m New Here by Gil Scott-Heron. Spirits by Gil Scott-Heron. The Best Of Gil Scott-Heron Live by Gil Scott-Heron. Reflections by Gil Scott-Heron. Minister Of Information – Live by Gil Scott-Heron. View all albums . Pieces Of A Man.
|1||The Revolution Will Not Be Televised|
|2||Save The Children|
|3||Lady Day And John Coltrane|
|4||Home Is Where The Hatred Is|
|5||When You Are Who You Are|
|6||I Think I'll Call It Morning|
|7||Pieces Of A Man|
|8||A Sign Of The Ages|
|9||Or Down You Fall|
|10||The Needle's Eye|
- Manufactured By – BMG Music
- Distributed By – BMG Music
- Bass, Bass [Electric ] – Ron Carter
- Co-producer – Lillian Seyfert
- Conductor – Johnny Pate
- Design – Haig Adishian
- Drums – Pretty Purdie*
- Engineer [Remix] – Ray Hall
- Flute, Saxophone – Hubert Laws
- Guitar [Electric] – Burt Jones
- Mixed By – Bob Simpson, Geoff Haslem, Ray Hall
- Photography By [Cover] – Charles Stewart*
- Piano, Piano [Electric] – Brian Jackson
- Producer – Bob Thiele
- Vocals – Gil Scott-Heron
NotesOriginally released in 1971
Barcode and Other Identifiers
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|07863 66627-2||Gil Scott-Heron||Pieces Of A Man (CD, Album)||RCA||07863 66627-2||Europe||1993|
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