Small Talk at 125th and Lenox

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Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
Small Talk.jpg
Live album by Gil Scott-Heron
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
125th & Lenox Nightclub
(New York, New York)
Genre Jazz poetry, proto-rap, spoken word
Length 44:01
Label Flying Dutchman/RCA
Producer Bob Thiele
Gil Scott-Heron chronology
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
Pieces of a Man
Alternative cover
2001 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[3]

A New Black Poet - Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, also known simply as Small Talk at 125th and Lenox,[4] is the debut album of recording artist Gil Scott-Heron, released in 1970 on Flying Dutchman Records.[5] Recording sessions for the album were originally said to have taken place live at a New York nightclub located on the corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue,[4] but liner notes included in the 2012 box set The Revolution Begins: The Flying Dutchman Masters, Scott-Heron himself insists that a small audience was brought to 'the studio' and seated on 'folding chairs'.[6] By the time of the recordings, Scott-Heron had published a volume of poetry and his first novel, The Vulture.[7] Well received by music critics who found Scott-Heron's material imaginative,[2][3] Small Talk at 125th and Lenox has been described as "a volcanic upheaval of intellectualism and social critique" by Allmusic editor John Bush.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gil Scott-Heron.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"   3:17
2. "Omen"   1:45
3. "Brother"   2:35
4. "Comment #1"   4:26
5. "Small Talk at 125th & Lenox"   1:20
6. "The Subject Was Faggots"   3:10
7. "Evolution (And Flashback)"   3:20
Side two
No. Title Length
8. "Plastic Pattern People"   2:50
9. "Whitey on the Moon"   2:57
10. "The Vulture"   2:00
11. "Enough"   8:37
12. "Paint It Black"   0:30
13. "Who'll Pay Reparations on My Soul?"   4:20
14. "Everyday"   4:20
  • Track 13 runs 5:14 on CD reissue.[4]


  • David Barnes – percussion, vocals
  • Charlie Saunders, Eddie Knowles – congas
  • Gil Scott-Heron – guitar, piano, vocals
  • Charles Stewart – cover art
  • Bob Thiele – producer


  1. ^ a b Bush, John. Review: Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ a b Columnist. "Review: Small Talk at 125th and Lenox". Billboard: 14: October 2, 1971
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin. "Review: Small Talk at 125th and Lenox". Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music: March 1, 2002.
  4. ^ a b c Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Small Talk at 125th and Lenox CD reissue
  5. ^ Small Talk at 125th and Lenox (LP). Discogs. Retrieved on 2009-07-31.
  6. ^ Gill Scott Heron The Revolution begins-The Flying Dutchman Masters 3 cd including booklet with notes by Dean Rudland, Ace Records 2012
  7. ^ Bordowitz, Hank. "Gil Scott-Heron". American Visions: June 1, 1998.


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