Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death (album)

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Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Studio album by Melvin Van Peebles
Released 1970
Genre Spoken word
Label A&M
Melvin Van Peebles chronology
Brer Soul
(1969)
Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death
(1970)
As Serious as a Heart-Attack
(1974)

Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death is a 1971 album by Melvin Van Peebles, featuring mostly spoken word poetry over music written by Van Peebles. Some of its material was used in later projects, such as Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and the stage musical with the same title, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death. Note that this is an album of original material, not to be confused with the soundtrack LP released for the musical itself.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. THREE BOXES OF LONGS PLEASE
  2. YOU AINT NO ASTRONAUT
  3. COME ON FEET DO YOUR THING
  4. FUNKY GIRL ON MOTHERLESS BROADWAY
  5. PUT A CURSE ON YOU

Side Two[edit]

  1. I GOT THE BLOOD
  2. YOU GOTTA BE HOLDIN OUT FIVE DOLLARS ON ME
  3. HEH HEH (CHUCKLE) GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE
  4. SALAMAGGI'S BIRTHDAY

Credits[edit]

[1]

  • MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, Vocals
  • WARREN SMITH, Drums, Percussion
  • BROSS TOWNSEND, Piano, Organ, Electric Harpsichord
  • HERB BUSHLER, Bass, Electric Bass, Violin, Tambourine
  • CARL LYNCH, Guitar, Bass Guitar
  • NAT WOODARD, Trumpet, Cornet
  • AL GIBBONS/GEORGE BARROW, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax
  • HOWARD JOHNSON, Baritone Sax, Flugel Horn, Tuba
  • GENE RADICE, Engineer
  • Produced and Conceived by MELVIN VAN PEEBLES
  • Arranged and Conducted by WARREN SMITH
  • ALL WORDS AND MUSIC BY MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, ASCAP, ALMO MUSIC CORP.
  • Art Director: TOM WILKES
  • Photography: Jim McCrary

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All information taken from back of album artwork