The Last Poets (album)

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The Last Poets
Studio album by The Last Poets
Released 1970
Genre Spoken word, jazz, poetry
Length 30:36
Label Douglas
Producer East Wind Associates
The Last Poets chronology
The Last Poets
This Is Madness

The Last Poets is the debut spoken word album, released in 1970, by The Last Poets.

The song "Wake Up, Niggers" is featured on the Performance soundtrack album, also released in 1970.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Uncut 4/5 stars[3]

Robert Christgau wrote of the group and the album in his 1970 column for The Village Voice:

"A few weeks ago I saw an incredible performance at the Apollo by a group comprising two shouting poets and an Afro-percussionist, the first time I'd ever really dug on the 'jazz poetry' idea. The recorded version, on Douglas, is a hot seller (over 350,000) and highly recommended; acerbic and exciting and as politically uncompromising as anything ever recorded. Name of group and record: The Last Poets. Frightening and beautiful."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Run, Nigger" (Abiodun Oyewole) – 1:14
  2. "On the Subway" (Alafía Pudím) – 1:33
  3. "Niggers Are Scared of Revolution" (Omar Ben Hassen) – 5:16
  4. "Black Thighs" (Hassen) – 1:31
  5. "Gashman" (Oyewole) – 2:45
  6. "Wake Up, Niggers" (Pudim) – 2:49
  7. "New York, New York" (Oyewole) – 3:36
  8. "Jones Comin' Down" (Pudim) – 2:51
  9. "Just Because" (Oyewole) – 2:31
  10. "Black Wish" (Hassen) – 1:34
  11. "When the Revolution Comes" (Hassen) – 1:47
  12. "Two Little Boys" (Oyewole) – 1:51
  13. "Surprises" (Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Pudim) – 2:09



Chart (1970) Peak position
US Billboard Top LPs 29
US Billboard Jazz LPs 11
US Billboard Top Soul LPs 3


  1. ^ Duffy, John. The Last Poets at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "The Last Poets". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 760. ISBN 0857125958. 
  3. ^ Anon. (March 2003). "Review". Uncut. p. 118. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 18, 1970). "Consumer Guide (11)". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 29, 2017.