World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (album)

Article Id: WHEBN0023820704
Reproduction Date:

Title: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (album)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (disambiguation)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (album)

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron
Released 1974
(see release history)
Recorded 1970–1972
125th & Lenox Nightclub, RCA Studios
(New York, New York)
Genre Soul, jazz-funk, proto-rap, jazz poetry, spoken word
Length 33:01
Label Flying Dutchman/RCA
BDL 1-0613
Producer Bob Thiele
Gil Scott-Heron chronology

Free Will
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Winter in America
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1] (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau (B+)[3]
Ebony (favorable)[4]
Los Angeles Daily News (A)[5]
RapReviews (9.5/10)[6]
Virgin Encyclopedia 5/5 stars[7]
The Washington Post (favorable)[8]

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is a compilation album by American recording artist Gil Scott-Heron, released in 1974 on Flying Dutchman Records in the United States. It was also released in 1975 in Spain on Flying Dutchman's parent label, RCA, under the title La Revolucion No Podra Ser Televisada.[9] The album takes its name from Scott-Heron's 1971 song of the same name.[6] Originally issued in LP format,[9] it contains recordings previously featured on Scott-Heron's first three albums for the Flying Dutchman label, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (1970), Pieces of a Man (1971), and Free Will (1972),[2] which were produced by jazz producer Bob Thiele.[1] The album's recordings feature musical elements of funk, jazz, and proto-rap.[7]

Upon its release, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised charted on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums, peaking at number 21 after five weeks on the chart. It has received favorable reviews from critics and music publications that praised the album's material and Scott-Heron's performance. Following digital remastering,[10] the album was reissued on compact disc in 1988 with additional material and alternate artwork.[9]


Upon its original release in 1974, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised charted on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart, peaking at number 21 on October 12, 1974 after spending five weeks on the chart.[11] The album initially received favorable criticism from publications, including The Village Voice and Ebony. Rock critic Robert Christgau of the former publication gave it a B+ rating and noted its "sign of growth" from Gil Scott-Heron's previous work.[3] Ebony's Phyl Garland called the album "mind-blowing", and wrote of Scott-Heron performance, stating "He does not merely posture and pacify, but presses one to consider the uncomfortable truths of contemporary blackness."[4] Following the album's reissue, it received positive reviews from publications such as The Washington Post and Los Angeles Daily News, which gave it an A rating.[5][8] A columnist for the Daily News commented on the album material's significance to hip hop, stating "the roots of rap run deep through this superb retrospective".[12] In his book To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (2007), William Jelani Cobb discussed the album and its title track's relation to the emergence of the hip hop movement in New York City during the 1970s, stating:

While The Last Poets and This Is Madness pre-dated the beginnings of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron's 1974 album The Revolution Will Not Be Televised was released as the art form took its first breaths of South Bronx air. Primarily a jazz album, Revolution's claim to the hip hop pantheon was anchored in a title track that found Scott-Heron delivering verse over a hypnotic, funk-indebted bassline—an approach that was so distinct at that point as to warrant classic status.[13]
—William J. Cobb

In the Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2002), writer Colin Larkin gave The Revolution Will Not Be Televised five stars and commended Scott-Heron's anger and passion in his spoken-word performance of songs such as "No Knock" and the title track.[7] The album received a rating of 9.5/10 from RapReviews and five stars from Allmusic.[1][6] Allmusic's Alex Henderson called Scott-Heron's music on The Revolution Will Not Be Televised "innovative R&B and spoken poetry that contains jazz influences", and recommended the album for listeners that are "exploring his artistry for the first time".[1]

Track listing

Original LP
Side one
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"  Gil Scott-Heron 3:03
2. "Sex Education: Ghetto Style"  Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson 0:48
3. "The Get Out of the Ghetto Blues"  Scott-Heron, Jackson 4:59
4. "No Knock"  Scott-Heron 1:27
5. "Lady Day and John Coltrane"  Scott-Heron 3:32
6. "Pieces of a Man"  Scott-Heron, Jackson 4:59
Side two
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
7. "Home Is Where the Hatred Is"  Scott-Heron 3:18
8. "Brother"  Scott-Heron 1:42
9. "Save the Children"  Scott-Heron 4:22
10. "Whitey on the Moon"  Scott-Heron 1:26
11. "Did You Hear What They Said?"  Scott-Heron 3:25

1988 compact disc reissue bonus tracks.[10]


Chart history

Billboard Music Charts (North America) – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Release history

Information regarding the release history of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is adapted from Discogs.[9]

Region Year Label Format Catalog
United States 1974 Flying Dutchman Records vinyl LP BDL 1-0613
Spain 1975 RCA Records vinyl LP, Spanish edition DBL 1-0613
Germany 1988 BMG remastered CD 6994-2-RB
United States 1988 RCA vinyl LP NL 86994
United States 1988 BMG vinyl LP DRL 11798
Germany 1989 RCA CD ND86994
United States 1998 BMG reissued LP DRL11798

Sample use

The information regarding sampling of songs from The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is adapted from[14]



External links

  • Discogs
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.