Reflections

Reflections

by Gil Scott-Heron
     
 

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Although a major across-the-board hit always eluded the poet, singer, and activist Gil Scott-Heron, this album does contains one of his best-known songs. "B-Movie," an extended attack on Ronald "Ray-gun," unleashes 12 minutes of vitriol about the then recently elected president. Beginning with the declaration "Mandate, my ass," it's a laundry list of fears about…  See more details below

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Although a major across-the-board hit always eluded the poet, singer, and activist Gil Scott-Heron, this album does contains one of his best-known songs. "B-Movie," an extended attack on Ronald "Ray-gun," unleashes 12 minutes of vitriol about the then recently elected president. Beginning with the declaration "Mandate, my ass," it's a laundry list of fears about Reagan, fantasizing that his election meant "we're all actors" in some surreal film. Delivered over a taut funk groove, parts of it are still funny. Elsewhere, Scott-Heron takes an early stab at endorsing firearm control on "Gun"; slows things down for "Morning Thoughts"; and explores reggae's rhythms and revolutionary power on "Storm Music," a direction he'd pursue more fully on his next album, Moving Target. The disc also includes a pair of covers that offer varying degrees of success: Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands" is a natural for Scott-Heron's warm baritone and a bright soul-jazz arrangement from the Midnight Band, but the version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues," while it swings convincingly, has a lengthy spoken-word riff that fails to embellish on the pain implicit in the original. Overall, Reflections doesn't capture Scott-Heron at the peak of his game, though anyone who enjoyed the other works from his Arista period certainly won't be disappointed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/1993
Label:
Ariola Germany
UPC:
4007192540945
catalogNumber:
925409
Rank:
28222

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gil Scott-Heron   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Ed Brady   Guitar
Carl Cornwell   Tenor Saxophone
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals
Glen Turner   Organ,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Leon Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Robbie Gordon   Bass
Kenny Powell   Drums
Kenny Sheffield   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vernon James   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lydene Jackson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Malcolm Cecil   Producer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer,Producer
Glen Turner   Composer
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
James Nyx   Composer
Manu Boubli   Reissue Liner Notes
Victoria Rummler   translation
Henri Laurence   Reissue Producer

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