Gil Scott-HeronPieces Of A Man

Label:Flying Dutchman – FD 10143, Flying Dutchman – FDS 10143
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Soul


A1The Revolution Will Not Be Televised2:59
A2Save The Children4:55
A3Lady Day And John Coltrane3:10
A4Home Is Where The Hatred Is3:15
A5When You Are Who You Are3:01
A6I Think I'll Call It Morning3:45
B1Pieces Of A Man4:22
B2A Sign Of The Ages4:05
B3Or Down You Fall3:08
B4The Needle's Eye4:01
B5The Prisoner8:39

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Recorded: April 19 & 20, 1971.

© 1971 Flying Dutchman
Made in U.S.A.

Catalog number printed on the labels: "FDS 10143".

Originally released in 1971. This version is a reissue that can be identified by the pressing plant information found in the runout grooves, which indicate that this release likely was initially pressed in 2000.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): FDS 10143 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): FDS 10143 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area side A): 3972 FDS10143-1 (A) S 42583 Dc BQS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout area side B): 3972 FDS10143-1 (B) S 42584 Dc BQS

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Pieces Of A Man (LP, Album, MO - Monarch Press, Gatefold)Flying DutchmanFD 10143US1971
Pieces Of A Man (LP, Album, Promo, Gatefold)Flying Dutchman, Flying DutchmanFD 10143, FD-10143US1971
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Pieces Of A Man (Cassette, Album, Stereo)Flying DutchmanFLY M50143US1971
Pieces Of A Man (LP, Album, RI - Richmond Pressing, Gatefold)Flying DutchmanFD 10143US1971
Pieces Of A Man (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold, PR - Presswell Pressing)Flying Dutchman, Flying DutchmanFD 10143, FD-10143US1971


  • JustinWastnage's avatar
    Beautiful pressing. Very quiet. Extremely dynamic. Great acoustics on every track, even Revolution, which is a live recording with overdubs.
    • highpriest23's avatar
      @ dailydivefix: Having just received the new 2x45 AAA pressing Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man i did a little shootout with this. To start with the obvious: Rainbo did a slightly better job on the jacket, giving it a nice glossy finish, a bit Stockton-tip-on light quality. One could argue that the original pressing from 1971 probably wasn't a glossy finish, but i don't mind and like it.
      The (my) record itself looks fine, especially for Rainbo as it has a glossy surface, no mattish laquer horn lookalike. It's flat, plays clean with no noise. The soundstage is quite open, the overall sound's ok, but is a bit muddy. Add some highs and volume and it's still grooving. You can hear all the cool cats, from the Bob Thiel inhouse bass genius Ron Carter, Pretty Purdie kicking the groove while Jackson is flowing and Gill just shines. It's not a pressing you will play to friends to demonstrate great sound - but you can play it easily to show them great music. Allways send me shivers up my spine when The Prsioner rang out - so it can't be a pressing this bad ;-)
      All of this is clearly more revealed on the new 2x45, not only the tracks benefit from allowing them more space, the mastering is simply stunning.
      Even though Bob Thiele was a man looking for quality production i could image this new pressing might sound better than a og Flying Dutchman US copy. Can't tell for sure (one reviewer tells it this way) as i only own later Arista albums by GS-H, found the mid 70ies titles laked a bit of production.

      But even if i appreciate a nice sounding, well pressed platter for sure, i don't fell that comfortable with all this blabla 'bout how wonderful all these audiophile pressings are, how crappy GZ or Rainbo might be, which copy blows whom and what out of the water and so on. It's the music that matters, there's so much good stuff to get your hands on.
      Getting deep down in the rabbithole called the quest for ThePerfectSound might be worth the time for some beloved platters (this one's a candidate for me), but mainly i'd prefer to go route for the music, not the sound. In the end all that matters is the possibility to listen to this wonderful music, no matter from what source available. And this pressing isn't for sure a bad source, was happy for it for years until i've heard the new one which has clearly more dynamics and brilliance.

      tl;dr: originals are mainly out of reach for most of us; the new Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man offers probably the best sound/mastering but might suffer from pressing issues; if you stumble upon this one around 20 bucks in good shape, don't hesitate to grab it.
      • dailydivefix's avatar
        Anyone have this and able to comment on the pressing? Thanks



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