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Thread started 08/22/21 10:58am

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Gill-Scott Heron Appreciation thread


Post your favourite GSH song(s), or one you currently like the most.

For me it's 'We Almost Lost Detroit' (with Brian Jackson). It has that very distinct luminous nostalgic seventies sound and the lyrics, as with many GSH's songs, still resonate deeply with today's world... YT link included in the picture below. Enjoy!

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We Almost Lost Detroit

It stands out on a highway
Like a creature from another time
It inspires the babies' questions
"What's that?"
For their mothers as they ride
But no one stopped to think about the babies
Or how they would survive
And we've almost lost Detroit
This time
How would we ever get over
Losing our minds?
Just thirty miles from Detroit
Stands a giant power station
It ticks each night as the city sleeps
Seconds from annihilation
But no one stopped to think about the people
Or how they would survive
And we almost lost Detroit
This time
How would we ever get over
Over losing our minds?
The sherriff of Monroe county had
Sure enough disasters on his mind
And what would Karen Silkwood say
If she was still alive?
That when it comes to people's safety
Money wins out every time
And we've almost lost Detroit
This time, this time
How would we ever get over
Over losing our minds?
You see, we almost lost Detroit
That time
Almost lost Detroit
That time
And how would we ever get over
'Cause odds are
We gonna lose somewhere, one time
Odds are
We gonna lose somewhere, sometime
And how would we ever get over
Losing our minds?
And how would we ever get over
Losing our minds?
Didn't they, didn't they decide?
Almost lost Detroit
That time
Damn near totally destroyed
One time
Didn't all of the world know
Say didn't you know
Didn't all of the world know
Say didn't you know
When we almost lost Detroit
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Gil Scott Heron
We Almost Lost Detroit lyrics © Cayman Music

[Edited 8/22/21 11:06am]

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Reply #1 posted 08/22/21 12:59pm

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The Free Jazz Collective: Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven - We're New  Again (a Reimagining by Makaya McCraven) (XL Recordings, 2020) ****

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Reply #2 posted 08/22/21 8:21pm

SoulAlive

"The Prisoner"(1971) is my favorite song of his

Gil Scott-Heron "The Pris... - YouTube

jazzy,heartbreaking and haunting,this is the song that made me a big fan of his

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Reply #3 posted 08/22/21 8:23pm

SoulAlive

in fact,the entire Pieces Of A Man album (1971) is absolutely brilliant.

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man Album Review | Pitchfork

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Reply #4 posted 08/22/21 8:54pm

SoulAlive

"Winter In America" by Gil Scott Heron (1974)

Gil Scott Heron "Winter I... - YouTube

another favorite of mine music

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Reply #5 posted 08/22/21 8:56pm

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Reply #6 posted 08/22/21 11:41pm

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SoulAlive said:

"Winter In America" by Gil Scott Heron (1974)

Gil Scott Heron "Winter I... - YouTube

another favorite of mine music

Same here cool

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Reply #7 posted 08/23/21 7:10am

RJOrion

"Aint No New Thing"

1972

"FREE WILL" lp
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Reply #8 posted 08/23/21 7:21am

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I'm about to pull out my red, black, and green liberation jumpsuit that I've been saving for just the proper occasion...

SoulAlive said:

in fact,the entire Pieces Of A Man album (1971) is absolutely brilliant.

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man Album Review | Pitchfork

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Reply #9 posted 08/23/21 7:39am

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The Other Side Parts 1,2 and 3


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Reply #10 posted 08/23/21 12:51pm

SoulAlive

"Lady Day and John Coltrane" by Gil Scott Heron (1971)

Gil Scott-Heron - Lady Da... - YouTube

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Reply #11 posted 08/23/21 4:18pm

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Reply #12 posted 08/23/21 7:21pm

SoulAlive

I read somewhere that Gil was a big fan of Prince.Can you imagine if these two had collaborated on something?
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Reply #13 posted 08/24/21 2:48am

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SoulAlive said:

I read somewhere that Gil was a big fan of Prince.Can you imagine if these two had collaborated on something?

In an indirect sense, I'm sure they have...

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Reply #14 posted 08/24/21 3:12am

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Reply #15 posted 08/24/21 3:23am

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This performance is so powerful... I believe it was at the New Morning in Paris.

Gil Scott-Heron - Work Fo...Live 2001)



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Reply #16 posted 08/24/21 8:06am

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CherryMoon57 said:

SoulAlive said:

I read somewhere that Gil was a big fan of Prince.Can you imagine if these two had collaborated on something?

In an indirect sense, I'm sure they have...


The War.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #17 posted 08/24/21 8:38am

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SoulAlive said:

in fact,the entire Pieces Of A Man album (1971) is absolutely brilliant.

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man Album Review | Pitchfork

That is definitely the one.

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Reply #18 posted 08/24/21 8:43am

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Reply #19 posted 08/24/21 2:43pm

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Reply #20 posted 08/24/21 3:01pm

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Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces of a Man (Official Audio)

Pieces of a Man

Jagged jigsaw pieces
Tossed about the room
I saw my grandma sweeping
With her old straw broom

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 greet 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"

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 thunder and heard the lightning
And felt the burden of his shame
And for some unknown reason
He never turned my way

Pieces of that letter
Were tossed about that room
And now I hear the sound of sirens
Come knifing through the gloom

They don't know what they are doing
They could hardly understand
That they're only arresting
Pieces of a man

I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces
He was always such a good man
He was always such a strong man
Yeah, I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Gil Scott-heron / Brian Jackson
Pieces of a Man lyrics © Bienstock Publishing Company

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Reply #21 posted 08/25/21 1:40pm

SoulAlive

"Washington D.C" by Gil Scott Heron (1982)

Gil Scott Heron Washingto... - YouTube

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Reply #22 posted 08/25/21 2:50pm

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SoulAlive said:

"Washington D.C" by Gil Scott Heron (1982)

Gil Scott Heron Washingto... - YouTube


I love this, what a genuine man he was.

In this one you see more of the talking tour at the beginning:
https://www.youtube.com/w...mSuETp6EzU

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Reply #23 posted 08/25/21 9:23pm

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CherryMoon57 said:



SoulAlive said:


"Washington D.C" by Gil Scott Heron (1982)



Gil Scott Heron Washingto... - YouTube




I love this, what a genuine man he was.

In this one you see more of the talking tour at the beginning:
https://www.youtube.com/w...mSuETp6EzU



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Reply #24 posted 08/26/21 3:06am

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https://www.youtube.com/w...Fitv47P884

I Think I'll Call It Morning

I'm gonna take myself a piece of sunshine
And paint it all over my sky

Be no rain
Be no rain

I'm gonna take the song from every bird
And make em sing it just for me
Bird's got something to teach us all
About bein' free, yeah

Be no rain
Be no rain

And I think I'll call it morning
From now on

Why should I survive on sadness
And tell myself I got to be alone
Why should I subscribe to this world's madness
Knowing that I've got to live on ( 3 times)

Yeah I think I'll call it morning
From now on
I'm gonna take myself a piece of sunshine
And paint it all over my sky

Be no rain
Be no rain

I'm gonna take the song from every bird
And make em sing it just for me
Cause why should I hang my head
Why should I let tears fall from my eyes
When I've seen everything there is to see

And I know there is no sense in crying
I know there ain't no sense in cryin'
Yeah I think I'll call it morning
From now on

I'll call it morning from now on, yeah
Cause there ain't gonna be no rain


Be no rain
Be no rain
From now on

Songwriters: Brian Jackson / Gil Scott-Heron
I Think I'll Call It Morning lyrics © Carlin America Inc

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Reply #25 posted 08/26/21 3:25am

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Gil Scott-Heron - Save the Children (Official Audio) (1971)


https://www.youtube.com/w...8-7JDRr9wo

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Reply #26 posted 08/28/21 10:33am

SoulAlive

"Angel Dust" by Gil Scott Heron (1978)

Gil Scott Heron - Angel D... - YouTube

Gil Scott-Heron – Angel Dust (1978, Vinyl) - Discogs

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Reply #27 posted 08/28/21 10:53am

SoulAlive

in November of 1976,Gil released a 2-LP live album titled It's Your World.

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Reply #28 posted 08/28/21 11:04am

SoulAlive

I wanted to post his December 1975 performance on Saturday Night Live,but I couldn't find a good quality video of it.But here's an excellent perfrormance from 1976.

"A Lovely Day" (live performance,1976) by Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott-Heron - A Lovel... - YouTube

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Reply #29 posted 08/28/21 1:04pm

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Scott-Heron, Gil "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" — End of an EarFEATURE: Groovelines: Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be  Televised — Music Musings & Such

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