Moving Target (Gil Scott-Heron album)
|Studio album by Gil Scott-Heron|
|Producer||Malcolm Cecil, Gil Scott-Heron|
|Gil Scott-Heron chronology|
Moving Target is a studio album by American spoken-word poet and blues musician Gil Scott-Heron.
Background, production, release
The album, released on Arista in 1982, was to be his last for more than a decade. On Moving Target, Scott-Heron and his "Midnight Band" recorded their "typical, tastefully jazzy R&B and funk grooves", though flavored with "more exotic sounds" and influenced by reggae (there are echoes of Bob Marley in some songs). The final song, the almost ten-minute long "Black History/The World", is in part a spoken-word performance by Scott-Heron ending with a "plea for peace and world change".
All tracks composed by Gil Scott-Heron; except where indicated
- "Fast Lane" (lyrics: Scott-Heron; music: Robbie Gordon) - 4:55
- "Washington D.C." - 4:13
- "No Exit" - 4:08
- "Blue Collar" - 5:18
- "Ready or Not" (lyrics: Scott-Heron; music: Larry McDonald) - 4:10
- "Explanations" - 4:33
- "Black History/The World" - 9:42
- Gil Scott-Heron - vocals; electric piano on "Washington D.C."
- Vernon James - alto saxophone; flute on "Ready or Not"
- Robbie Gordon - bass
- Kenny Powell - drums
- Ed Brady - guitar
- Glen Turner - keyboards
- Carl Cornwell - tenor saxophone (tracks 2, 3, 7)
- Ron Holloway - tenor saxophone
- Kenny Sheffield - trumpet
- Larry McDonald - percussion
- "High Note" Harry Kim - trumpet on "Washington D.C."
- Malcolm Cecil - horn arrangement on "Fast Lane"
- Malcolm Cecil - engineer, co-producer
- Alan Douglas - second engineer
- Richard Mannering - second engineer
- Denis Heron - coordinator, production assistant
- Bob Carboni - mastering
- Donn Davenport - artwork
- John Ford - photography
- Recorded at Bias Studio, Springfield, Virginia (March 25–27 and May 28–29, 1982); Townhouse Studios, London (April 9–12, 1982); The Manor Studio, Oxford (April 19–21, 1982); and Record Plant, Los Angeles (June 7–17, 1982). Mixed at Record Plant. Mastered at A&M Studios, Los Angeles (July 1982).