- Released: February 9, 1999
- Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
- 1.Paint It Black
- 2.Evolution (And Flashback)
- 3.Free Will
- 4.Whitey on the Moon
- 5.The Vulture
- 6.Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
- 7.Billy Green Is Dead
- 8.Ain't No New Thing
- 9.Get out of the Ghetto Blues
- 10.The King Alfred Plan
- 11.No Knock
- 13.Who'll Pay Reparations on My Soul?
- 14.Home Is Where the Hatred Is
- 15.The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Personnel: Gil Scott-Heron (vocals, flute, piano, bells); Horace Ott, Johnny Pate (conductor); Brian Jackson (vocals, flute, acoustic & electric pianos, bells); David Barnes (vocals, percussion); Hubert Laws (saxophone, piccolo, flute); David Spinozza, Burt Jones (guitar); Ron Carter (acoustic & electric basses); Gerry Jemmott (bass); Bernard Purdie (drums); Eddie Knowles, Charlie Saunders (congas, percussion).
Producer: Bob Thiele.
Compilation producer: John Snyder.
Engineers include: Bob Simpson, Ray Hall.
Recorded between 1970 and 1972. Includes liner notes by Tom Terrell.
Digitally remastered by Tom MacCluskey (1997, BMG Studios, New York, New York).
Personnel: Gil Scott-Heron (vocals, flute, piano, bells); Brian Jackson (vocals, flute, piano, electric piano, bells); David Barnes (vocals, percussion); David Spinozza (guitar); Burt Jones (electric guitar); Hubert Laws (flute, piccolo, saxophone); Ron Carter (electric bass); Charlie Saunders, Eddie Knowles (congas, percussion).
Recording information: ??/??/1970-03/03/1972.
Arranger: Horace Ott.
Evolution (And Flashback): The Very Best of Gill Scott-Heron is a compilation of work from 1970-1972 that finds the master of jazz poetry at his most militant. While the vitality of his approach on "Whitey on the Moon," "Get Out of the Ghetto Blues," and the title track is undeniable, the disc is really notable because it clearly displays the role Gil Scott-Heron played in developing the rap aesthetic. ~ Tim Sheridan