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Gil Scott-Heron - Spirits (2LP, Reissue)

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Spirits is the 1994 album by Gil Scott-Heron. The title track is an interpretation of the John Coltrane piece, and "The Other Side" is a live version of Scott-Heron's 1971 track "Home is Where the Hatred Is" with a new arrangement and many new verses that expand the original to nearly twenty minutes. It was later sampled for "Home" on the 2011 Jamie XX collaboration album, We're New Here. In the liner notes, Scott-Heron discusses the new, jazzier tone of the record, and the attempts to define his sound: What do you call reggae, blues, African vibration, jazz, salsa, chants and poetry?... Seriously trying to define it, I've said it's Black music. Or Black American music. Because Black Americans are now a tremendously diverse essence of all the places we've come from and the music and rhythms we brought with us. This was Scott-Heron's first album in twelve years, and it would be sixteen more years before he would release another. "Lady's Song" and "Work for Peace" were omitted from the vinyl issue, while other songs were edited slightly for runtime.

Release info

Label: TVT Records TV-4311-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2019
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Soul


A1 Message To The Messengers
A2 Spirits
B1 Give Her A Call
B2 Lady's Song
B3 Spirit's Past
C1 The Other Side, Part I
C2 The Other Side, Part II
C3 The Other Side, Part III
D1 Work For Peace
D2 Don't Give Up

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