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Fantastic jazz-soul with brilliant lyrics

There are very few musical artists out there who can write the highest level of lyrics. There's a lot of dreck, some mediocre stuff, not not a lot of real poetry. Gil Scott-Heron was one of the few who was a master writer as well as a great singer. This is a live album and the patter with the audience is fun to listen to. There is a fair bit of patter though, so if you don't like that sort of thing, you should look for the studio versions of these songs. I like it because it makes me feel like I'm in the room. The band is solid, as are the arrangements.

I've been listening to this album for nearly a month and it's still in regular rotation. Whether you like jazz, soul, or are hungry for some meaningful music, this has got it.

same as Tour de Force

great album but is th esame live recording in a different order


Born: April 1, 1949 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most important progenitors of rap music, Gil Scott-Heron's aggressive, no-nonsense street poetry inspired a legion of intelligent rappers while his engaging songwriting skills placed him square in the R&B charts later in his career, backed by increasingly contemporary production courtesy of Malcolm Cecil and Nile Rodgers (of Chic). Born in Chicago but transplanted to Tennessee for his early years, Scott-Heron spent most of his high-school years in the Bronx, where he learned firsthand...
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