Anthology: Messages

Anthology: Messages

by Brian JacksonBrian Jackson


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Several Gil Scott-Heron compilations were released throughout the '70s, '80s, '90s, and early 2000s, but 2005's Messages was the first to concentrate on the material released between 1973 and 1979 -- a productive phase involving seven albums, most of which were represented by a track or two on the preceding overviews. Featuring multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Brian Jackson, these albums were often filler-prone but they were never lacking at least a few moments in which everything clicked. At their best, the duo collaborated on jazzed-up funk that, while far more somber and sober, was just as funky as -- and often more poignant than -- anything on Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On. This is a shame since Scott-Heron's career is often reduced to "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and a couple other sound bites, whereas the one Sly album is routinely held up as a hallmark -- and rightly so, but the depth of Scott-Heron's catalog is shortchanged with as much frequency. The U.K.'s Soul Brother label, always a reliable source for digging deeper, pulls up a smart selection that includes "We Almost Lost Detroit," "The Bottle," "Winter in America," "Show Bizness," the 12-minute live version of "Home Is Where the Hatred Is," and "Angel Dust," which wound up being Scott-Heron's highest-charting single (number 15 Black Singles, 1977).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Soul Bros Pure Jazz
UPC: 5013993672623
catalogNumber: 26

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Jackson   Primary Artist
Bill Watrous   Horn
Bilal Sunni Ali   Harmonica,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Blocker   Drums
Danny Bowens   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Victor Brown   Tambourine,Vocals,Bells
Tony Duncanson   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Eddie Knowles   Conga,Shakere
Harvey Mason   Drums
Marti McCall   Background Vocals
Fred Payne   Guitar
Delbert Taylor   Trumpet
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Barnett Williams   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Triangle,Djembe,Shekere,Shakere
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Alvin Taylor   Drums
Charlie Saunders   Conga,Chinese Drums
Bob Adams   Drums

Technical Credits

Malcolm Cecil   Producer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Laurence Prangell   Liner Notes

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