Free Will (Limited Gatefold Edition)
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The rarest Gil Scott-Heron albums! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles -- sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry.
Side A features classic jazzy tracks recorded with Brian Jackson -- like "Free Will", "The Middle Of Your Days", "Speed Kills", and "Did You Hear What They Said?". Side B moves over to a much sparer sound and has Gil reciting some of his poetry with very heavy percussion, and a very righteous approach. The wisdom and knowledge of those pieces is a perfect example of the kinds of issues that were haunting black America in the early 70s -- especially on the tracks "No Knock", "The King Alfred Plan", and "Sex Education: Ghetto Style".
Recorded on March 2 and 3, 1972 at RCA Studios in New York City