Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces of a Man (1971/2022) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces of a Man (1971/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:33 minutes | 649 MB | Genre: Soul
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“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 Scott-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.

“Pieces of a Man” marked the first of several collaborations by Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, who played piano throughout the record. It is one of Scott-Heron’s most critically acclaimed albums and one of the Flying Dutchman label’s best-selling LP’s. Earning modest success after its release, Pieces of a Man has received retrospective praise from critics. Music critics have suggested that Heron’s combination of R&B, soul, jazz-funk, and proto-rap influenced the development of electronic dance music and hip hop.

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. Musically, the track created a formula that modern hip-hop would follow for years to come: bare-bones arrangements featuring pounding basslines and stripped-down drumbeats. Although the song features plenty of outdated references to everything from Spiro Agnew and Jim Webb to The Beverly Hillbillies, the force of Scott-Heron’s well-directed anger makes the song timeless. More than just a spoken word poet, Scott-Heron was also a uniquely gifted vocalist. On tracks like the reflective “I Think I’ll Call It Morning” and the title track, Scott-Heron’s voice is complemented perfectly by the soulful keyboards of Brian Jackson. On “Lady Day and John Coltrane,” he not only celebrates jazz legends of the past in his words but in his vocal performance, one that is filled with enough soul and innovation to make Coltrane and Billie Holiday nod their heads in approval. More than three decades after its release, Pieces of a Man is just as — if not more — powerful and influential today as it was the day it was released. – Jon Azpiri

1-1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (03:05)
1-2. Gil Scott-Heron – Save the Children (04:25)
1-3. Gil Scott-Heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane (03:34)
1-4. Gil Scott-Heron – Home Is Where the Hatred Is (03:19)
1-5. Gil Scott-Heron – When You Are Who You Are (03:21)
1-6. Gil Scott-Heron – I Think I’ll Call It Morning (03:29)
1-7. Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces of a Man (04:52)
1-8. Gil Scott-Heron – A Sign of the Ages (04:01)
1-9. Gil Scott-Heron – Or Down You Fall (03:12)
1-10. Gil Scott-Heron – The Needle’s Eye (04:48)
1-11. Gil Scott-Heron – The Prisoner (09:25)
1-12. Gil Scott-Heron – Chains (03:24)
1-13. Gil Scott-Heron – Peace (06:07)
1-14. Gil Scott-Heron – A Toast to the People (03:25)