Gil Scott-Heron ‎– Reflections

Arista ‎– 254 094, BMG ‎– 254 094
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1 Storm Music
Written-By – Gil Scott-Heron
2 Grandma's Hands
Written-By – Bill Withers
3 Is That Jazz?
Written-By – Gil Scott-Heron
4 Morning Thoughts
Written-By – Gil Scott-Heron, Vernon James
5 Inner City Blues ( Poem : The Siege Of New Orleans )
Written-By – James Nyx, Marvin Gaye
6 Gun
Written-By – Gil Scott-Heron
7 "B" Movie (Intro, Poem, Song)
Written-By – Gil Scott-Heron

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Original released in 1981 by Arista Records Inc.

Recorded at TONTO, Santa Monica, CA, April-June 1981, and BIAS Studio, Springfield, VA, June 1981.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4007192540945

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AL 9566 Gil Scott-Heron Reflections(LP, Album) Arista AL 9566 US 1981 Sell This Version
204 094 Gil Scott-Heron Reflections(LP, Album, RE) Arista 204 094 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
82876820822 Gil Scott-Heron Reflections(CD, Album, RM) Arista, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Jazz 82876820822 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
204 094 Gil Scott-Heron Reflections(LP, Album) Arista 204 094 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
AL 9566 Gil Scott-Heron Reflections(LP, Album, Club, CRC) Arista AL 9566 US 1981 Sell This Version



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December 11, 2010

While Gil has had any amazing career, I think he slipped a bit after Brian Jackson split. I missed the experimentation on 1980, and Bridges and Secrets were both amazing (in fact I always found those 3 to be their best--with the possible exception of Pieces of a Man--and yet they were the ones OOP for so long! Still OOP in USA!!!) Brian's song writing had become so much a part of the sound on each album, it was glaringly obvious something was missing when he left. Real Eyes was a back to basics, and while good, I was a bit disappointed Gil was playing it safe. Moving Target, his final effort for Arista, was great, but in that "yes, I expected that", by-the-numbers kind of way.

Reflections, on the other hand, is the best of the post-Brian Jackson Arista bunch, IMO. Primarily because it is a return to Gil the poet. Although only 2 proper spoken poem tracks (B-Movie and Inner City Blues), much of the rest of the album's lyrics are more like songs of "Pieces of a Man". Most of GIl's albums post-Free Will have been dominated by a simplistic phrasing to make for catchy pop songs and hooks. Here, they either tell a story or are just giving a broader view of the way he characterizes the world.

The music seems a bit more inspired as well, more vibrant I'd say. Particularly, the lounge-jazz of "Is that Jazz?" and the meditative "Morning Thoughts". Overall, this has, consistently, Gil's best and most thought provoking lyrics over the course of an entire album since 1971's "Pieces of a Man". Considering his tepid output over the next few decades--2 albums which technically qualify as EPs due to covers, remakes and spoken word pieces--this is Gil's best album of songs without Brian Jackson and probably always will be.