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rough trade exclusive with a fantastic bonus 7 track cd - this is the only place you'll find these tracks on cd (including an amazing new live studio version of the classic 'winter in america'). without doubt one of the most important voices in 20th century music, gil scott-heron's landmark albums of the 1970's, and work with long-time collaborator brian jackson have influenced a myriad of musical styles from rap, acid jazz, neo soul and spoken word jazz. this latest album, expertly produced by xl founder richard russell, places scott-heron's keenly observed, biting spoken word narratives alongside sparse, modern musical backdrops which reference touchstones as diverse and relevant as dubstep, electronica and of course, modern hip-hop. politically as relevant as ever, as well as humourous, melancholy, and hopeful, this is the work of a vibrant, subtle poet of protest, still able to manipulate the traditions of a stylistic oeuvre he helped create into something warm, original and full of gravitas.
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