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REAL EYES CD, Import
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2010年最新作『I'M NEW HERE』で奇蹟の復活を遂げたギル・スコット・ヘロンの代表作1980年作『REAL EYES』が同時発売でCD化!
僚友ブライアン・ジャクソンと一旦コンビを解消し、スティーヴィ・ワンダーとの共同作業でも知られるマルコム・セシルをプロデューサーに迎えた80年作。モス・デフ feat.Q-Tip「Mr. Nigga」でモロ使いされた「A Legend In His Own Mind」や、ガラージ・ファンに人気の「The Klan」を収録した、彼のキャリアの中でも地味な存在ながら、その愛くるしいジャケットと共にリスペクトするファンが多い隠れた名作。日本盤のみCD化(BVCA-1036/現在は廃盤)でしたが、海外初CD化。
But all messages on "Real Eyes" are not gloomy and gray. One listen to the beautiful words of "You Could Be My Brother" and especially the uplifting "Your Daddy loves you", restores my hope and replenishes my Soul. You have to love the contrast between the in-you-face tracks and the optimistic and hopeful songs. The band that Gil called The Amnesia Express really snaps and crackles on these recordings. The horns are especially razor sharp on "Waiting For The Axe To Fall" and "The Klan". I had a chance to see them live a couple of years after this record came out and they were every bit as soulful and tight in concert.
If you like music that is thoughtful and timeless, you should add "Real Eyes" to your collection. Even though I had to travel to Europe in the 90's to locate some of Gil's recordings before I discovered the internet, the journey was well worth it and now my quest is complete. Gil Scott-Heron was and still is one of the most underrated and brilliant talents to ever land on the global music scene. His entire body of work deserves to be heard and appreciated. A personal note to Gil if he reads this review: "Thanks, My Brother! I know your journey has not always been easy, but I appreciate the value that you have added to my life with your exceptional music. May you live long and prosper. Peace!"
The music smoothly spans numerous genres-Jazz, Soul, Blues, Rock, Pop and Funk. If "Legend In His Own Mind" doesn't make you knowingly smile and rythmically bob your head and snap your fingers you're either far too young or far too old for this music; and if "The Klan" (penned by Richie Havens) doesn't send a chill down your spine you have some history to study.
Well worth the listen.
The first three songs have a very strong and effective message. "The Train From Washington" is a very direct zing at the capitol,then his adopted city for it's racial neglect despite it's overwelming black population. "Not Needed" takes a look at the countries questionable neglect of it's elders and "Waiting For The Axe To Fall" rails at the recession based unemployment crisis. They're all set to that locked tight,back to basics Crusaders like funk crunch-live sounding but slicker than you wanna be all the same. "Combinations" takes slower,jazzy shuffle on societies need to bleed everything together into a collective character. After that it's back to the band oriented funk the rest of the album. "A Legend in His Own Mind" is a great "player hater" type setup. Future hip-hop/rap MC's would later drive this same theme into the floor. But this does it for this era and with great poetic licence. Listen and you'll hear. "The Klan" is yet another pointed number. While reflecting the obvious fear and anger it also looks into how the white sheets worn by this hate group disguise how their bigotry has spoiled their lives and left them in need as well.
The album ends on what is basically an upbeat,funky soul style tribute to daughter Gia Louise basically comforts the child while also letting her know of the challanges she was to have (and enevitably has) confronted. Overall Gil's choice to explore a more live,jazzy funk style of music that could far more easily be toured with at this particular time also focuses in on another innovation Gil Scott should be somewhat credited for. While it was far closer to the era than we are now,this albums somewhat mid 70's production values are probably the earliest indications of the "retro soul" movement to come a couple of decades later. At the time,people were probably a little too close to the original era to see it quite that way. But in retrospect that's what this winds up being: a return to Gil's mid 70's Midnight Band period sound. And most importantly this occuring at a very production-minded musical environment that really should never have allowed it. But it's definately one of his most punchy and funkily fullfilling releases.