Pieces of a Man  

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Pieces of a Man is the second studio album by soul poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron. Released in 1971 by Mainstream subsidary label Flying Dutchman Records, it is the follow-up to his debut album Small Talk at 125th & Lenox. The album marks the first collaboration efforts of Scott-Heron and keyboardist Brian Jackson. The album was reissued by RCA.

The album features more conventional song structures and jazz stylings than the loose, spoken-word feel of Small Talk. Pieces of a Man features two of Scott-Heron's most well-known compositions, "Home Is Where the Hatred Is", later a hit for singer Esther Phillips, and the classic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". The album has gained much critical acclaim, being praised for its lyrical artistry and political awareness, and later for its infuence on modern hip-hop.

Track listing

All songs written by Gil Scott-Heron.

Side one

  1. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" – 3:09
  2. "Save the Children" – 4:28
  3. "Lady Day and John Coltrane" – 3:37
  4. "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" – 3:22
  5. "When You Are Who You Are" – 3:23
  6. "I Think I'll Call It Morning" – 3:31

Side two

  1. "Pieces of a Man" – 4:55
  2. "A Sign of the Ages" – 4:03
  3. "Or Down You Fall" – 3:14
  4. "The Needle's Eye" – 4:51
  5. "The Prisoner" – 9:26

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