Whether you were first introduced to Gil Scott-Heron's music when Jamie xx remixed his album, We're New Here, or when Kanye sampled his songs for "My Way Home" and "Who Will Survive in America," chances are you're familiar with the poet, jazz musician, and rap pioneer's work in some way or another.
Longtime fans, however, will be thrilled to know that Spirits, one of the most treasured albums from the iconic artist, is finally being released in its entirety on vinyl to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. The only LP he put out between 1983 and 2009, Spirits was Heron’s long-awaited return to the studio after 12 years, and saw him live up to the name of powerful political artist yet again. A homage to John Coltrane’s song sharing the same name, the album is not for the faint of heart. It won over audiences thanks to Gil's exploration of heavy themes, such as the politics of the streets (“Message To The Messengers”) and struggling with addiction ("Home Is Where the Hatred Is").
Even more special? Two previously unheard Scott-Heron songs ("Lady's Song", "Work For Peace") will finally see the light of day on LP, meaning fans will be able to hear the album's full original sequence for first time on wax.
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