Small Talk at 125th and Lenox

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Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
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Live album by Gil Scott-Heron
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
Venue 125th & Lenox Nightclub
(New York, New York)
Genre Jazz poetry, proto-rap, spoken word
Length 44:01
Label Flying Dutchman/RCA
FD-10143
Producer Bob Thiele
Gil Scott-Heron chronology
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
(1970)
Pieces of a Man
(1971)Pieces of a Man1971
Alternative cover
2001 reissue cover
2001 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard(favorable)[2]
Virgin Encyclopedia4/5 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.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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]

Personnel[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  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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