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Winter in America

By: Gil Scott-Heron

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Gil Scott-Heron Artist Snapshot:

Gil Scott-Heron is universally regarded as one of the founding fathers of rap for his combination of socially conscious poetry delivered over simple, percolating musical backdrops. He started out in the early 1970s using little more than voice and percussion, but soon graduated to a much more sophisticated, jazzy style incorporating full-band arrangements. He is also a poet and novelist, whose depictions of modern urban life share much with his political-critique lyrics. Ironically, the man who articulated the traps of the ghetto, including substance abuse, became a drug addict for whom his habit and subsequent jail time effectively derailed his brilliant career.

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DISC 1 for Winter in America Album By Gil Scott-Heron
1   Peace Go With You Brother Buy
2   Rivers Of My Fathers Buy
3   A Very Precious Time Buy
4   Back Home Buy
5   The Bottle Buy
6   Song For Bobby Smith Buy
7   Your Daddy Loves You Buy
8   H2O Gate Blues [Live] - Brian Jackson, Scott-Heron, Gil  
9   Peace Go With You Brother Buy
10   Winter In America (Live) Buy
11   Song For Bobby Smith (Alt) Buy
12   Your Daddy Loves You (Live) Buy
13   The Bottle/Guan Guanco [Live][*] - Brian Jackson, Scott-Heron, Gil  

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This digi-pack edition of his 1973 album, which was recorded in collaboration with Brian Jackson. Features the fusion classic, ''The Bottle'', a track often sampled by hip hop artists including The Jungle Brothers, and The satirical ''H2Ogate blues. New Sleeve notes by Pierre-Jean Crittin, editor of the respected French Magazine ''Vibrations''. Snapper. 2005.

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In the early 1970s Gil Scott-Heron's tough-talking jazz-rock came across like a slap in the face, fiercely filling the Establishment in on issues ranging from substance abuse to the poverty and desperation raging through the black community. Winter in America was his breakthrough, with pianist Brian Jackson's dense arrangements matching the words blow for blow on the uncompromising title track (actually a bonus cut), the stinging "H20gate Blues," and the grooving anti-alcohol warning of "The Bottle"--"Don't you think it's a crime," Scott-Heron riffs, "the way time after time, people hit the bottle?" Some of Jackson's music may now sound a bit dated, but the years have done little to dull what writer Nathan George called Scott-Heron's "uncomfortable truths." --Michael Ruby

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