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The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron

The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron
Released 1978
Genre Soul, jazz poetry, proto-rap
Label Arista
Gil Scott-Heron chronology

Bridges
(1977)
The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron
(1978)
1980
(1979)
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The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron (subtitled A Collection of Poetry and Music) is a 1978 album by spoken word and rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron. Like many of Scott-Heron's albums, the album's content primarily addresses political and social issues; however, The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron relies far more on his spoken word delivery than his other albums. Whereas much of the artist's earlier albums contained backup jazz-funk music from Brian Jackson, many of these tracks, which address contemporary issues such as Watergate, the pardon of Richard Nixon and the Attica Prison riot, are either live recordings or studio-recorded songs with little more than sparse drum backing or occasional instrumentation. Many of the tracks featured were included on previous GSH albums.

Due to the length of some of the pieces - The Ghetto Code (Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash) is nearly 13 minutes long, and four other songs are longer than 7 minutes - the album consists of only seven songs.

One of the distinctive characteristics of Heron's poetry on this album is his use of chemical formulas to refer to certain people and events. For example, he refers to Barry Goldwater as "Barry AuH2O" and Watergate as "H2OGaTe".

The original vinyl release of The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron contained an 24-page booklet featuring transcriptions of 22 GSH compositions. The CD release also features a different cover than the original vinyl release.

Track listing

(all songs written by Gil Scott-Heron)

  1. "H2O Gate Blues" – 7:58 (about the Watergate break-in and cover-up)
  2. "We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon our Analysis)" – 7:52 (about the pardon of Richard Nixon)
  3. "The New Deal" – 3:10
  4. "Jose Campos Torres" – 2:36 (about Jose Campos Torres, a U.S. Army veteran who was arrested and then murdered and tossed into a bayou by two police officers in Houston in 1978, spurring the Moody Park Riot)
  5. "The Ghetto Code (Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash)" – 12:57
  6. "Bicentennial Blues" – 8:39
2000 Bonus Track
7. "Space Shuttle" – 7:28


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