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Small Talk at 125th and Lenox

Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
Gil Scott-Heron
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
125th & Lenox Nightclub
(New York, New York)
Genre Jazz poetry, proto-rap, spoken word
Length 44:01
Label Flying Dutchman/RCA
Producer Bob Thiele
Gil Scott-Heron chronology

Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
Pieces of a Man
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[3]

A New Black Poet - Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, also known simply as Small Talk at 125th and Lenox,[4] is the debut album of recording artist Gil Scott-Heron, released in 1970 on Flying Dutchman Records.[5] Recording sessions for the album took place live at a New York nightclub located on the corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue [4] although in liner notes included with The Revolution Begins-The Flying Dutchman Masters (2012) Gil Scott-Heron himself insists that a small audience was brought to 'the studio' and seated on 'folding chairs'. [6]By the time of the recordings, Scott-Heron had published a volume of poetry and his first novel, The Vulture.[7] Well received by music critics who found Scott-Heron's material imaginative,[2][3] Small Talk at 125th and Lenox has been described as "a volcanic upheaval of intellectualism and social critique" by Allmusic editor John Bush.[1]

Track listing

Original LP

All songs written and composed by Gil Scott-Heron. 
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"   3:17
2. "Omen"   1:45
3. "Brother"   2:35
4. "Comment #1"   4:26
5. "Small Talk at 125th & Lenox"   1:20
6. "The Subject Was Faggots"   3:10
7. "Evolution (And Flashback)"   3:20
Side two
No. Title Length
8. "Plastic Pattern People"   2:50
9. "Whitey on the Moon"   2:57
10. "The Vulture"   2:00
11. "Enough"   8:37
12. "Paint It Black"   0:30
13. "Who'll Pay Reparations on My Soul?"   4:20
14. "Everyday"   4:20
  • Track 13 runs 5:14 on CD reissue.[4]


  • David Barnes – percussion, vocals
  • Charlie Saunders, Eddie Knowles – congas
  • Gil Scott-Heron – guitar, piano, vocals
  • Charles Stewart – cover art
  • Bob Thiele – producer



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