Real Eyes

Real Eyes

by Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron


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In 1980, Gil Scott-Heron had a nice opportunity to promote his Real Eyes album when he became the opening act on Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July tour. On his own, Scott-Heron usually played small clubs, but opening for Wonder gave him the chance to perform in front of thousands of Wonder fans in major stadiums and sports arenas. Many of Wonder's white fans seemed to be unfamiliar with Scott-Heron (who had never had a major pop hit), while a lot of Wonder's black fans at least knew him for "The Bottle" and "Angel Dust" even if they hadn't bought a lot of his albums. Opening for all those Wonder fans certainly didn't hurt Scott-Heron's career, but it didn't make him a superstar either. While it's possible that some Wonder fans enjoyed Scott-Heron's opening sets enough to go out and purchase Real Eyes, most of the people who acquired this LP were already confirmed Scott-Heron fans. Unfortunately, Real Eyes lacked a hit single, although the material is excellent nonetheless. As usual, Scott-Heron has a lot of sociopolitical things on his mind -- "The Train From Washington" concludes that the working class can't depend on the U.S. government for anything, while "Not Needed" angrily points the finger at companies who consider longtime employees expendable. And the album's less sociopolitical songs are equally memorable. "Your Daddy Loves You" is a touching ode to Scott-Heron's daughter Gia Louise (who was only a child in 1980), and the jazz-oriented "A Legend in His Own Mind" is a humorous, clever put-down of a wannabe "Casanova" who isn't nearly the ladies' man he brags about being. Scott-Heron's love of jazz serves him well on "A Legend in His Own Mind" and the smoky "Combinations," but make no mistake: Real Eyes is an R&B album more than anything.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 5013993573623
catalogNumber: 1735306
Rank: 56028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gil Scott-Heron   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Jackson   Piano
Danny Bowens   Bass
Ed Brady   Guitar
Reggi Brisbane   Drums
Carl Cornwell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Stemsy Hunter   Alto Saxophone
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Glen Turner   Synthesizer,Harmonica,Keyboards
Kenny Powell   Drums
Kenny Sheffield   Trumpet
Vernon James   Flute,Saxophone
Ethan Ivy   Percussion
Robert Gordon   Bass

Technical Credits

Malcolm Cecil   Producer,Engineer
Carl Cornwell   Horn Arrangements
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer,Producer
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Roger Williams   Reissue Art
Laurence Prangell   Liner Notes
R. Havens   Composer

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