Nothing New (Gil Scott-Heron album)

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Nothing New
Gil Scott Heron - Nothing New.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2014
LabelXL Recordings
ProducerRichard Russell
Gil Scott-Heron chronology
We're New Here
Nothing New

Nothing New is a posthumous album of vocal & piano recordings by Gil Scott-Heron released by XL Recordings on April 19, 2014 in conjunction with Record Store Day. The album consists of new, stripped-down versions of a selection of older Scott-Heron songs stretching from 1971's "Pieces of a Man" to 1994's "The Other Side". It was recorded with producer Richard Russell between 2005 and 2009, in the same sessions that led to 2011's I'm New Here.[1]

In the liner notes published on the official website, Russell describes the album as, "carefully curated (and) an excellent introduction to his previous output," adding that, "the album is utterly sparse and devoid of anything that is not completely necessary. All it contains is Gil's singing and piano playing."[2]

On April 1, 2015, the album was released digitally alongside a documentary named Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Did You Hear What They Said"
  2. "Better Days Ahead"
  3. "Household Name" (Interlude)
  4. "Your Daddy Loves You"
  5. "Changing Yourself" (Interlude)
  6. "Pieces of a Man"
  7. "Enjoying Yourself" (Outro)
Side B
  1. "Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)"
  2. "Before I Hit the Bottom" (Interlude)
  3. "95 South (All the Places We've Been)"
  4. "The Other Side"
  5. "The On/Off Switch" (Interlude)
  6. "Blue Collar"
  7. "On Bobby Blue Bland" (Outro)


  1. ^ Pitchfork Media (1 April 2014). "Gil Scott-Heron Album Nothing New Collects Stripped-Down 2008 Takes on Old Songs". Music Blog. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ Gil Scott-Heron official website (1 April 2014). "Nothing New". Official Site. Gil Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media (1 April 2015). "Gil Scott-Heron Documentary Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?, Album Nothing New Out Digitally". Music Blog. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 September 2015.

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