Friday, December 18, 2015

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - 1975 - From South Africa To South Carolina

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
From South Africa To South Carolina

01. Johannesburg   
02. A Toast To The People   
03. The Summer Of '42   
04. Beginnings (The First Minute Of A New Day)   
05. South Carolina (Barnwell)   
06. Essex   
07. Fell Together   
08. A Lovely Day   

Bass Guitar – Danny Bowens
Congas – Adenola
Congas, Drum [Chinese] – Charlie Saunders
Congas, Shaker, Djembe – Barnett Williams
Drums – Bob Adams
Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone – Bilal Sunni Ali
Keyboards, Vocals – Brian Jackson
Vocals – Gil Scott-Heron
Vocals, Bells, Tambourine – Victor Brown

Recorded summer 1975 at D&B Sound, Silver Springs, Maryland.
Remixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York City.

A truly magical album by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson. Next to Bridges this album is the most approachable, and definitely the most soulful from their back catalogue. Not a weak moment anywhere on here, and it's been reissued, so you have no excuse.
A soulful, beautifully performed album that should serve as an inspiration to new artists to be politically active and engaged both in their private lives and in their music.
The digital version also has some live stuff and the tune from the Sun City album (which is not that great and doesn't fit in at all, being mid 80s rap, which I have no patience for).

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