Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson Winter In America on 180g LP
He may have spent much of the last 20 years either in jail or struggling with drug addiction but when Gil Scott-Heron emerged in the early '70s his unique brand of hard-talking street poetry, combined with soulful jazz arrangements, paved the way for the hip-hop explosion and tracks like "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," "Johannesburg" and "The Bottle" remain a touchstone for generations of artists.
The truly seminal album, Winter In America was recorded in late 1973 for the highly-influential Strata-East label, and was one of several albums he made in the '70s with long-term collaborator Brian Jackson, who contributed keyboards and his considerable arranging skills. Amongst the album's highlights is the title cut which is a moving and angry commentary on the social injustices which Scott-Heron felt had led the United States into a particularly dangerous era in its history.
Later to be become an underground club hit, "The Bottle" is a grim reminder on the dangers of alcohol abuse, something Scott-Heron himself had first-hand experience with and which was to have an effect on his own life and recording career. He also offers his thoughts on Nixon's dubious legacy with "H2Ogate Blues," one of his classic oral narratives.
The album is now being reissued on 180g deluxe vinyl in a heavy duty gatefold sleeve with old style tip-on cover in cooperation with Charly Records and Cargo Records Germany. This new reissue, which has been carefully remastered from the original tapes, allows fans to hear this legendary performer at his absolute peak!
Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson Winter In America Track Listing:
1. Peace Go With You, Brother As-Salaa
2. Rivers of My Fathers
3. A Very Precious Time
4. Back Home
5. The Bottle
6. Song For Bobby Smith
7. Your Daddy Loves You
8. H2Ogate Blues
9. Peace Go With You, Brother Wa-Alaik