On Friday 27th May 2011, Gil Scott-Heron died aged 62. The great musician, poet, and social activist's last two albums (also his first in almost twenty years) were collaborations with XL Recordings: the rueful 'I'm New Here', and a remix album with Jamie xx titled 'We're New Here'.
Now, as the sleeve notes written by label boss Richard Russell explain, XL will release a collection of recordings made in New York during the development of 'I'm New Here': an earlier project comprised of old songs called 'Nothing's New'. The tracks feature only Gil Scott-Heron's voice and piano and the album will be released on 12” vinyl, limited to 3000 copies, for Record Store Day on 19th April 2014.
Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) – first featured on the '1980' LP with Brian Jackson – is available to stream above, and a full tracklist for the release is below.
01. Did You Hear What They Said
02. Better Days Ahead
03. Household Name (Interlude)
04. Your Daddy Loves You
05. Changing Yourself (Interlude)
06. Pieces Of A Man
07. Enjoying Yourself (Outro)
01. Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)
02. Before I Hit The Bottom (Interlude)
03. 95 South (All The Places We’ve Been)
04. The Other Side
05. The On/Off Switch (Interlude)
06. Blue Collar
07. On Bobby Blue Bland (Outro)
XL Recordings release 'Nothing's New' on April 19th 2014.