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Gil Scott-Heron / General Johnson / The Glitter BandThe Bottle / Don't Walk Away / Makes You Blind

Label:Arista – SPD-1
Vinyl, 12", Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
Genre:Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul
Style:Jazz-Funk, Disco


AGil Scott-HeronThe Bottle (Special Disco Version)
Producer [Associate]Tom Wilson (2)
Written-ByGil Scott-Heron
B1General JohnsonDon't Walk Away (Special Disco Version)
Arranged By [Horns & Strings]David Van De Pitte*
EngineerGerald Block
Written-ByGeneral Johnson
B2The Glitter BandMakes You Blind (Special Disco Version)3:10

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Special Disco Version ℗ 1976

Full length live version of "The Bottle" that is 3 minutes longer (16:30 vs. 13:30) than the version that was eventually released on the Arista 2xLP "It's Your World" (AL 5001), and the B side of the UK Arista 12" of "Hello Sunday! Hello Road!"

So there is a label error. The LP version was taken from this promo-only 12", not the other way around. This is not a misprint. If you listen to both versions side-by-side from start-to-finish, you will hear that the 16:30 live version on the promo-only 12" has a noticeably longer intro where Gil Scott-Heron is talking to the audience and introducing his musicians, and during the long "jam session" breakdown. The 3 minutes Arista edited-out were taken from the intro and the long breakdown. All subsequent releases of this live version of The Bottle are the 13:30 edit, NOT the original full length 16:30 version. This original US-only promo-only 12", which was also Arista's first 12" release, appears to be the only way to get the original un-edited 16:30 live version of The Bottle. Arista may not even have the 16:30 live version on tape anymore.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): 2330-S
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): 2331-S
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Run-Out): 2330-S X STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Run-Out): 2331-S X STERLING
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (3)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
The Bottle / Don't Walk Away / Makes You Blind (Acetate, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Compilation, Stereo)AristanoneUS1976
Recently Edited
The Bottle / Don't Walk Away / Makes You Blind (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Unofficial Release)Arista (2)SPD-1Italy2010
New Submission
The Bottle / Don't Walk Away / Makes You Blind (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Unofficial Release, Color)Arista (2)SPD-12015