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Gil Scott-HERON & Brian JACKSON – It’s Your World 1976

Posted in Brian JACKSON, Gil Scott-HERON, JAZZ on December 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Gil Scott-HERON & Brian JACKSON – It’s Your World 1976
2001 Issue.

Not only do you get the full live version of “The Bottle” on this album, but there is also a 12 minute version of “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” which makes this album seriously good.
1976 release, includes rare masters of live classics and vintage studio tracks. Included here are gruop arrangements of pieces that had been previously recorded, ‘Home Is Where TheHatred Is’, ‘The Bottle’ and ‘Must Be Something’ as well as new material, ’17th Street’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Trane’ all performed with live crowds in Boston.
IT’S YOUR WORLD was originally released as a vinyl double album.

Recorded live at Paul’s Mall, Boston, Massachusettes on July 1 & 2, 1976 ; Electric Ladyland, New York, New York; American Star Studios, Merrifield, Virginia. Includes liner notes by Gil Scott-Heron.

This Gil Scott-Heron double album, roughly two thirds of which was recorded live in Boston on July 2-4, 1976, makes the most of its Centennial-centric time frame. Between the American flag striped cover art and Heron’s spoken word spiel on an 8-and-a-half minute poem/rant “Bicentennial Blues,” the album loses little of its impact, regardless of how the years have mildewed once fresh political topics like Nixon, Agnew, and Watergate. Four of its songs are studio recordings (“It’s Your World,” “Possum Slim,” “New York City,” and “Sharing”), and even though they’re up to Heron’s usual jazz/blues/pop standards, the disc is most effective on the concert tracks. As he explains in the 2000 penned liner notes, The Midnight Band was a compelling live unit and one listen to the brisk, electrifying, 13-minute rendition of “The Bottle,” one of Heron’s most penetrating tracks, is all you’ll need to understand why. More importantly, like the best protest music, these tunes have lost none of their lyrical edge or incisiveness throughout the years. Musically the band is taut and rehearsed down to the finest time change, yet loose enough to open up on the jams. The heavy Latin percussion/flute/piano — but remarkably guitar-less — sound is equal parts Santana and Mongo Santamaria with a strong jazz current throughout, especially on the John Coltrane tribute “Trane,” featuring tenor hornman Bilal Sunni-Ali’s fiery lead. Scott-Heron’s deep, mellifluous voice is alternately soothing and cutting, infusing the music with heart and soul, while keeping the sound focused even during the longer improvisations. Only a dated ’70s drum solo belies the year this was recorded. Chestnuts like “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” explode in extended live versions that become definitive readings of the tunes. Remastered for its reissue, It’s Your World crackles with energy, presenting an accomplished band at their peak and placing the listener practically on stage for the live tracks with acoustics that are full, yet airy and spacious. One of Gil Scott-Heron’s best albums as well as a compelling musical time capsule, the disc is proof of the artist’s musical and lyrical acuity and is a moving listening experience.
By Hal Horowitz. AMG.
1976 release, includes rare masters of live classics and vintage studio tracks. Included here are gruop arrangements of pieces that had been previously recorded, ‘Home Is Where TheHatred Is’, ‘The Bottle’ and ‘Must Be Something’ as well as new material, ’17th Street’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Trane’ all performed with live crowds in Boston.
This double vinyl set was recorded in 1976 (hence the red, white and blue artwork), with 3 live sides and another side of studio tunes rounding out the set. It’s an essential piece of poet/musician Gil Scott-Heron’s work and one of those top-notch albums that you want to give somebody and just say “listen to this.” The four sides are labeled “Just Before Sundown,” “Evening,” “Late Evening” and “Midnight and Morning,” and the music progresses accordingly. Despite Scott-Heron’s sharp tongue and eye for exposing corruption, the set is overwhelmingly positive in mood, a party with some of the hippest cats you ever met. The wonderful title track(1) leads the album, a life affirming groove that even sneaks a wicked open drum break in there. “New York City(2)” is something we all can relate to (well, all of us in NYC that is); “I don’t know why I love you” indeed. Collaborator Brian Jackson contributes sparkling electric piano work on most of the tunes, and there’s a strong latin vibe to much of the proceedings which stems from both his easy montuno-ish riffs and the formidable percussion section. For evidence of these guys look no further than the incredible side-long versions of “The Bottle(3)” and “Home Is Where the Hatred Is(4).” Two of Scott-Heron’s most well-known songs, here they get stretched beyond the breaking point and remolded using hard congas, timbales and bongos as the foundation. Both of these versions are bonafide NYC Loft classics, and as such show up with regularity on the playlists of those DJs influenced by that mentality. Kenny Dope flipped a little segment from the interior of “Hatred” for one of MAW’s early classics for example, and I’ll leave it up to you to figure out where. This clean, loud official repressing is from 1998 and reproduces the gatefold with lyrics. Highly recommended.
In his hey day Gil Scott Heron was not merely an entertainer, he was a social institution and attending his shows were a gathering that transcended merely going to a club… as if his street poetry and political diatribes weren’t enough, he had some of the funkiest and Jazziest rhythm sections on the planet… (often fronting them wearing a jean jacket, blue jeans, an unkept beared and afro and sitting at that old Fender Rhodes.) – – During his show, it was almost like attending some kind of mystical state of the union… he’d hip you to the world (as you definitely wouldn’t hear it on the 6:00 news) yet at the same time, he made it clear that you were attending a party… and at the helm was his midnight band.
This CD, in my opinion, represents Gil at his peek. The only greater chance you’ll ever get to catch his band in action at such full form is his concert video “Black Wax” (highly recommended) – – The tunes on this album are very ’70s… mixing the funky fusiony Jazz of that time with great rhythms, great story telling, and some deep messages. It is the type of listen that is best heard with the lights turned out, plenty of room to tap your feet and move your body, and your imagination at its peek… and never does the CD experience any lulls… by the time it is finished, you will feel emotionally exhausted, also as if you’ve been on a long journey.

Recorded during the Bicentenial at a club and a few in studio (though you wouldn’t know it unless you read the liner notes), the line up features Brian Jackson, Danny Bowens, Victor Brown, Bilal Sunni-Ali, Barnett Williams, Tony Duncanson, Reggie Brisbane and Delbert Taylor.
By Eddie Landsberg.
It’s Your World is a double album by soul artist Gil Scott-Heron and musician Brian Jackson, released in November of 1976 on Arista Records.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place in studio and live in July 1976 at St. Paul’s Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and American Star Studios in Merrifield, Virginia.[2] It’s Your World was originally released on vinyl and was later re-released in 2000 on compact disc by Scott-Heron’s Rumal-Gia label.
Gil Scott-Heron- Vocals, Electric Piano
Brian Jackson- Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Flute, Vocals
Victor Brown- Vocals, (solo on “Sharing”)
Bilal Sunni Ali- Tenor Sax, Flute
Delbert Taylor- Trumpet
Barnett Williams- Congos, (solo on (“The Bottle”), Percussion
Tony Duncanson- Congos, Bongos, Timbales (solo on “The Bottle”)
Danny Bowens- Electric Bass, Vocals
Reggie Brisbane- Drums (traps), Percussion
01. It’s Your World 3:56
02. Possum Slim 6:03
03. New York City 4:50
04. 17th Street 5:40
05. Trane 7:34
06. Must Be Something 5:26
07. Home Is Where The Hatred Is 12:08
08. Bicentennial Blues 8:44
09. The Bottle 13:35
10. Sharing 5:56

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