Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day

One of the last times I went to Garnick’s, Bobby, the record guy suggested I take this home. He knows how much we jazz and poetry. This was an excellent suggestion!

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. His poetic style has influenced every generation of hip hop.

Brian Robert Jackson (born October 11, 1952) is a keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer. Working with numerous other artists, his own solo album didn’t come out until October 2000.

The two artists are most recognized for their collaborations which featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time. The songs were delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The sound of Jackson’s Rhodes electric piano and flute accompaniments featured prominently in many of their compositions.


Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Side One

The Liberation Song (Red, Black and Green)
Must Be Something
Ain’t No Such Thing as Superman
Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon)

Side Two

Winter in America
Western Sunrise

Roberta’s First Take

I love this album, but I either need to listen to it first thing in the morning when I’m definitely awake for the day or before bed. If I listen to it midday, I’m going to want a stack of fluffy blankets in my bed with my kitties. Maybe a glass of afternoon wine or champagne too. It’s just one of those albums that calms you right down.


First Take

Roberta Flack

Side One

Compared to What
Angelitos Negros
Our Ages or Our Hearts
I Told Jesus

Side Two

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Tryin’ Times
Ballad of the Sad Young Men

Seal Drives Me Crazy

Who doesn’t appreciate some Seal? His tunes are a little soft for me to listen to regularly, but if I ever catch him on the radio, you know I’m belting out some Kiss from a Rose. My dad didn’t have any singles or LPs from him and I do feel his place in the collection is definitely deserved since he’s been so successful. This was the first I happened upon while crate digging but I would like to have more.

Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), known by the mononym Seal, is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is known for his numerous international hits, including “Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013.

Seal has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award, for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, in consecutive years for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991).


Side One

Crazy (William Orbit Mix)
Crazy (Extended Version)
Crazy (Chick on My Tip Mix)

Side Two

Sparkle (Extended Version)
Crazy (Do You Know the Way to L.A. Mix)