Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
01. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 2:46
02. Omen 1:45
03. Brother 2:35
04. Comment #1 4:26
05. Small Talk at 125th & Lenox 1:23
06. The Subject Was Faggots 3:10
07. Evolution (and Flashback) 3:20
08. Plastic Pattern People 2:50
09. Whitey on the Moon 1:57
10. The Vulture
11. Enough 8:37
12. Paint It Black 0:30
13. Who'll Pay Reparations on My Soul? 4:20
14. Everyday 4:20
Gil Scott-Heron: poetry, lyrics, music
Eddie Knowles: conga
Charlie Saunders: conga
David Barnes: percussion, vocal
I have very strange feelings. While I love GSH's earnest delivery, I cannot forgive him for The Subject Was Faggots. There's nothing quite as pathetic as a straight man wondering what would happen were he to enter a gay bar (or in this case ball). I can tell you what will happen you ignorant little bitch - nothing. Gay men have no interest in your uptight, straight and narrow minded ass.
I suppose what gets me the most is that GSH is expressing such truths about oppression of a group of people simply because of who they are. The hypocrisy is a little ridiculous.
This being said, at this time GSH was a very angry 21 year old who was probably quite blind to the plights of others. It's a classic example of youth not knowing how to aim anger in the appropriate direction.
As an overall album, I find this to be good but not great. Yes, it's marred by an insensitive three minutes and eleven seconds, but this is still a great example of spoken word expression.