You can listen to the entirety of the new album “I’m New Here” by Gil Scott-Heron – which is in stores next week – using the player below:
I decided to read the news after such a hard day of experiments and look what I have found (!!!) this album really touched me… no words to describe it… super wicked and getting into each of my neurons (!!!) Can’t wait to get it on my iPod… Love is in the air!!! YK
Comment left by Yeka Yeka Yeka · Wednesday February 3, 2010 · #
When I was 12 or 13, I heard ‘The Revolution will not be Televised’ for the first time. It was 1991. The song/poem made me feel like no other song had before; this seemed to flick a switch that had never been touched before. At such a young age I new nothing of GSH or any of the references in The Revolution, but I knew what I was listening to was something influential.
Slowly over the years I immersed myself in rap, hip hop, spoken word and that ultimately lead to poetry. What was termed as Gangster Rap got me interested, Ice-T made me listen, Gil Scott Heron made me want to hear more.
At 31 I am now establishing myself as a ‘spoken word artist’ and ‘poet’. When I find myself on stage, whether it be at a festival, theatre or local bar, I can trace back my love for the spoken word right back to Gil. Right to the moment I heard and experienced ‘The Revolution will not be Televised’ for the first time.
I am so excited about the release of ‘I’m New Here’; I feel how a teenage girl must feel about JLS record. Richard Russell’s influence is evident in the production; its sound is modern and the album doesn’t feel out of place on the XL Label. However it still feels like a Gil Scot Heron album and it really delivers. I’m a huge fan of Gils back catalogue and Spirits was the top of my listening list, however this album has just shot to the top with a ‘WOW’.
‘I’m New Here’ should get people interested, interested in music, interested in rap, interested in Hip Hop, interested in poetry, interested in jazz, break beat, dub step, interested in Gil.
A fitting album for 2010 and fitting new beginning for Gil Scott Heron!
Comment left by Mat Lloyd · Wednesday February 3, 2010 · #
Welcome back, it is good to hear your voice join us again in the present and it is truly a present.
Vinyl for the release?
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Comment left by yeezy · Wednesday February 3, 2010 · #
I woke up to the radio and the words the revolution will not be televised. True words I rememberd from a sample in a techno tune.I woke up fast I needed to know more. As I listened I learned of Gil and his work. He said a little but what he said hit home not hollow words but speech with truth and meaning. I or prehaps we have a need for this. So I found out more on wikipedia and then linked to this site and listened. I found words of wisdom some of fun and tracks so short you want them to be longer. Excellent album Gil.
Comment left by rob · Thursday February 4, 2010 · #
A thrill to listen to. It’s been a long time but worth the wait. You are more relevant than ever. A masterful recording!
Comment left by Dave · Thursday February 4, 2010 · #
I wish I could properly describe the way Gil’s words & music makes me feels. Let’s just say it is good to have him back and I look forward to his London concert.
Comment left by Kevin Barber · Thursday February 4, 2010 · #
I heard you on BBC Radio 4 this morning. I loved the phrase “Life is a series of injuries and repairs”. Was this a reference to one of your lyrics – or you just an everyday genius?
Comment left by Geof S · Thursday February 4, 2010 · #
thankfully I am alive to hear the delight in earthly paradise its monumental music that raised my thoughts on Friday to the brink of understanding music and poetry to be functional, even human, almost eternal in the present time of life to which we are bound to be on the dusty soil of our dreams and accomplishments. thanks for your music.
agradecidamente estou vivo para ouvir em deleite de paraíso terrestre a sua música monumental que elevou os meus pensamentos de sexta feira ao limiar da compreensão musical e poesia funcional do ser, ainda humano, quase eterno na atualidade do tempo de vida ao qual estamos fadados a estar sobre o solo empoeirado de nossos sonhos e realizações. obrigado pela sua música.
God had is hand on your shoulder while your looking to devil eyes.
I love your music, it’s so true and powerfull.
Love from France!
Comment left by Metan · Friday February 5, 2010 · #
gil. so glad you returned. this is magnifiscent!
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Comment left by Alex · Friday February 5, 2010 · #
People say ‘welcome back’ as if you had gone somewhere.
We both know you were there all along and it was we who had gone. That’s life.
But if we did go, we had your music and your voice – that voice – ringing in our ears as we went.
And now we’re back it seems, and a whole new posse will follow. And so they should.
Just make sure you keep on Running. We needed you to be with us all along.
Thank the fates for the accidents that brought us back together, and my personal apology for having left in the first place.
Comment left by michael · Friday February 5, 2010 · #
Welcome back, Gil. Please stay.
Comment left by David · Friday February 5, 2010 · #
Hey, he’s coming to Chicago to play at Columbia College and this website did a preview of the show. Check it out
Comment left by allan · Saturday February 6, 2010 · #
Thanks Gill, man i am so glad you are new here for all these years. Still love your music/art. it s DIAMOND
Robert. Amsterdam/The Netherlands
Comment left by Robert van Battum · Saturday February 6, 2010 · #
Thanks Gil, man i am so glad you are new here for all these years. Still love your music/art. it s DIAMOND
Robert. Amsterdam/The Netherlands
Comment left by Robert van Battum · Saturday February 6, 2010 · #
Gil, it’s a pitty you don’t get a lot of airplay in Europe (except fot “the bottle”). I guess most of us have discovered you way back starting from the no nukes album.
This white European Boy from Belgian is a big fan.
Comment left by Bart · Saturday February 6, 2010 · #
Gil, it’s great to have you back. Your show last night at the Carolina Theater in Durham was beyond our expectations — I didn’t know you did stand-up! Our faces our hurting from laughing so much…then you dazzled us with your music.
If you told me when I was a kid in ’72 or so when I found your single “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” in a promo bin that I would be a geezer watching you do the show you did last night, I woulda said “naaawwww.” Good luck on your new album!
Comment left by tony in durham, nc · Saturday February 6, 2010 · #
Your spoken words are still revered all over the world including on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Everywhere I go, and my husband and I have moved a number of times, I hear from others how your words have inspired them. This album will be as powerful as all others. Thanks cuz. Keep the messages coming.
Comment left by Ellen Hamliton · Sunday February 7, 2010 · #
Wow! Gil It is fantastic to have you back. You have still got stories to tell brother.
I am only half way through listening here. I haven’t bought any music for a couple of years, but YOU, my man, are a must. You’re like family.
Long may you reach inside and out to create.
Comment left by denise · Sunday February 7, 2010 · #
I saw Gil in Liverpool in the early 80s, New York in the early 90s and now I’m going to see him in London in the early teenies (or whatever they’re called). Excited would be an understatement.
I’m an old punk rocker and as far as I’m concerned it’s all about the words. It just so happens that Gil has some killer tunes to back them up too.
This man feels like part of my life and I’m a happier individual for it …
Comment left by jakeington · Sunday February 7, 2010 · #
Fantastic stuff. Saw Gil at the Jazz Cafe in London in the early 90’s he was amazing and a real discovery for me. Can’t wait to see him in San Francisco in March.
Comment left by Gaynor · Sunday February 7, 2010 · #
I am 51 and have listened to Gil for 4 decades and saw him live twice. His music continues to stimulate and reveberate the mind, body and soul. Where I come from they don’t teach you about Langston Hughes. Lessons learned from the Professor of Musicology. Thank you gsh.
Comment left by doctor dam · Sunday February 7, 2010 · #
Thank you Gil! It is just so great to hear you again….
Comment left by Samara · Sunday February 7, 2010 · #
he is the father of rap last time I saw Gil Scott was back in feb 01 in st.louis @spruills international and he got down
Gil , I want to do a mosaic portrait of you because I am currently doing a series of the most important artists and musicians that have impacted upon my life.
I have had the priveledge of seeing you perform 3 times in my life but your influence upon my spiritual development as an artist has been phenominal.
your music is as powerful and radical as it has ever been – I have been listening to you since 1975 so I think I am qualified to say this – blessings upon your head
This is one of those albums I feel like I should say “Thank You” for.
It feels like a gift.
A beautiful, unexpected, powerful gift.
This is the most cohesive, seamlessly amalgamated album I have heard in recent memory.
Stitching past and present, love and hate, beauty and ugliness, fear and grit, everything and all that wasn’t, all that isn’t.
Buy this album.
Seriously. You’ll be thankful.
XL, Gil Scott-Heron: Thank You for this.
Comment left by Mackenzie · Monday February 8, 2010 · #
We’ve missed you, Gil. Thanks for being around and making beautiful music.
Comment left by anne · Monday February 8, 2010 · #
Just a really really magnificent album from the main man . Beautiful , hugely relevant and important for these times … kudos and a lifetime of blowies for all concerned for getting it together . Buy this record .
Welcome back Gil
Comment left by Andy Mac · Monday February 8, 2010 · #
Thanks for releasing this Masterpiece on my Birthday! I have been looking forward to it for months. Don’t throw your life and your great talents away on dope. You messages didn’t fall on deaf ears on my generation and you still have a lot to say to this generation. My 12 year old daughter is digging your video’s and wants this album on her Ipod.
God Bless You.
Comment left by Steve · Monday February 8, 2010 · #
Such a gorgeous piece of work, so stunningly realized, beautifully recorded, powerfully produced. As i wandered through the wasteland of middle age, i often wondered what had become of Gil Scott-Heron. He is truly new here — again — as a great artist will always be. Thank you for your work.
Comment left by Marc, age 60 · Tuesday February 9, 2010 · #
Great stuff, great stuff, Glasgow has loved 2 generations and this album is re-generation
Comment left by Poneil · Tuesday February 9, 2010 · #
Oh man, i have randomly listened to you since i was a kid. Now i listen to your new album, i only hope you release it on vinyl, your voice and your style are great. Thanks a lot for never giving up. Love from Mexico city…
Comment left by gerardo · Wednesday February 10, 2010 · #
Thankyou Mister Scott-Heron for this exclusive Gem. I recently (October 2009) saw a fantastic interview with you on Al Jazeera/english (One on One) and your wisdom, lightness, humour and social criticism all seemed in such amazing balance. It is so great that you’ve had this opputunity with XL (bravo!) to reach a new generation. Excellent album, a bit short – because I’m greedy and just want more, but that’s healthy I guess. I still want more. But better short and perfect than long and winded.
Years ago I did my first album ‘Tick’ with Negative Stencil, at the time of the first war in the Gulf, and we took The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and made it The Will Be Televised version – with full honours to the man who wanted things to change in a world that now has more and more control and more and more war and more and more televised media. …. Anyway, I’m New Here. Great title for such a master of spoken word, poetry, song and melody. Fresh Bone. Humble. And your voice is still so fantastically warm and moving. It’s the words that count above all else. Love the production.
yours with deep respect.
I was expecting a reprise of Gil’s former work[s] of which I am such a big fan. I got much more than I expected. Gil’s voice is richer than ever. His pros are hauntingly on point. Cause though he keeps the focus on himself, how much more alike are we than different. I more than heard this music I felt it too and that is more than I expected.
As a kid growing up in the 70’s I thought of Gil Scott-Heron as a jazz musician. However today you have been moved into genre all it’s own.
Comment left by Andy M. Saunders · Thursday February 11, 2010 · #
The best thing I’ve heard in years. I’m moved, thrilled and flabbergasted! Thank you, thank you and thank you!
Comment left by Svein N. · Thursday February 11, 2010 · #
I heard a review of this amazing CD on NPR this afternoon while driving home. I sat in my car and was blown away by what I heard. I immediately went into my apartment to find this website and listen to the CD in its entirety. At 54, I have listened to everything from big band when I was in high school to industrial music during the 90’s, but unfortunately, music as of late has become rather dull for me. I’m always in search for a new sound, and now FINALLY! The blend of lyrics, atmospheric mood, emotion and beautiful production of this CD is outstanding. I am awestruck.
Comment left by KarenS · Friday February 12, 2010 · #
welcome back Gill we missed you—and your needed…do what you do and let all the newbies hear the real deal a wake up call is over due and your the the man to do it
Comment left by jazz/505 · Friday February 12, 2010 · #
Gil music made me elevate may game and separate myself from other poets. His poetry made me go deeper into myself and make selfless music for my audience..
Comment left by Osayimwese · Saturday February 13, 2010 · #
Thank you Gil for sharing your wisdom and musical mastery with us again.
Comment left by craig · Saturday February 13, 2010 · #
As always the lyrical genius reveals his soul and his mind selflessly for the elevation and ascension of others. Thank YOU Gil-you continue to provide the rhythm, harmony, and peace that promises we can “always turn around” – You are indeed “New Here”.
In 1979, I was a grand prize winner in the Gil Scott-Heron Poetry contest sponsored by Arista Record Company and Radio Station KRE of Berkeley, CA. The name of my poem was “Theme for El Jefe.” At that time, Gil Scott-Heron was my hero and role model as a poet. He remains my hero and role model. I am so glad about the release of “I am New Here.” I have heard everything Gil has ever release as a vinyl album or CD. Part one and two of the song “On Coming From a Broken Home” is some of his finest work. As I listened to his “Me and the Devil” for the first time, I thought about the legendary blues artist Robert Johnson and I got chills down my spine. Thank you El Jefe for this new release and please stay with us on this side of the river. We need your voice now and forever and forever and forever!
Comment left by J. Vern Cromartie · Sunday February 14, 2010 · #
I had never had knowing About Gil till going thru Utube in which I heard we, Almost lost Detroit I was hooked now hearing this I look forward and hope that he goes on the road so I can see him live God speed Gil in what ever path you now will take.
Comment left by Bobbyb · Sunday February 14, 2010 · #
This is a message to Mr. Gil Scott-Heron. The sound of your vocal cords demand the listeners attention, but more importantly you speak no falseness through them.
P.S MR. Gil Scott-Heron please get in touch with me as i would like to send you some pieces of music.
Comment left by Jazzbo in Wolverhampton (England, UK) · Monday February 15, 2010 · #
YOU are meant to leave yer mark on this world sir! & I would like to contribute in your history! Sir!!!!! YOU are a wonderful human being! I would love a piece of yer insight! I really don’t know what to say except I will spread the word of YOU & Have for what I know NOW! I feel YOUR beauty in yer music! And WE to me ARE brothers in arms! I feel YA!!!!MAN!!! THISMIGHT BE TO MUCH TO TO ASK? PLEASEMEET ME BEFOREYOULEAVETHISWORLDSIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You!!!!!! Much love sent to YOU! Len:)
“I’m New Here”, Great work. Good layering of word/music. I’m going to turn on some friends to this and check out other works of yours.
A Tapestry of Deep Feeling, Thoughtful, Poignant and Joyful Love. Thanks, a new admirer.
Comment left by Larry Rogan · Tuesday February 16, 2010 · #
Keep being a badass revolutionary. Don’t play in Tel Aviv. resist occupation and apartheid
Dear Gil, I have always admired your music and your integrity. Your involvement in the struggle for Black rights and your opposition to South African apartheid was, and still is, an inspiration. I am sadden to hear you will now be playing in Tel Aviv. Please reconsider – just as you once refused to entertain South African aparthied at Sun City, please refuse to entertain Israeli apartheid against the Palestinian people and don’t play Tel Aviv. Please respect and join the Palestinian civil society campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until Israel abides by international law.
Comment left by Miki · Thursday April 22, 2010 · #
Don’t sell yourself to the Masters in Tel Aviv!!!!
Comment left by Tom Suarez · Sunday April 25, 2010 · #
Thank you for being true to yourself not playing in Tel Aviv until the Israeli apartheid system disappears and Palestinians are really free, or as your press release simply says, “ALL are welcome there”.
And thank you once again for your magnificent music.
Comment left by Ana Montesinos · Monday April 26, 2010 · #