Free Will

Free Will

Gil Scott-Heron

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  • LP
BGP Records
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Free Will is the second studio album by American poet Gil Scott-Heron, released in August 1972 on Flying Dutchman Records.

It is the follow-up to Scott-Heron's critically acclaimed studio debut, Pieces of a Man (1971), and it is the second album to feature him working with keyboardist Brian Jackson.

The title track opens up the album with a meditation on personal responsibility. One of Scott-Heron's best known performances, "The Get out of the Ghetto Blues" is a moving ghetto warning and features bluesy instrumentation by pianist Brian Jackson and guitarist David Spinozza. The second side functions more as a live rap session with Brian Jackson on flute and a couple of percussionists. "Ain't No New Thing" emphasizes Scott-Heron's black pride, which he previously displayed on his debut album, by presenting an argument about the placement of black culture into the American mainstream.

"Wiggy" is a haiku-like appreciation of natural black hair. The themes of police brutality, violence, and self-exploration are still present as they were on Scott-Heron's previous albums. "No Knock", a reference to a police policy whereby knocking is not required before entering a house, and "... And Then He Wrote Meditations", a tribute to John Coltrane, continue these themes.



  • 1.Free Will03:30
  • 2.The Middle Of Your Day04:30
  • 3.The Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues05:04
  • 4.Speed Kills03:15
  • 5.Did You Hear What They Said?03:28


  • 1.The King Alfred Plan02:45
  • 2.No Knock02:12
  • 3.Wiggy01:38
  • 4.Ain't No New Thing04:29
  • 5.Billy Green Is Dead01:30
  • 6.Sex Education: Ghetto Style00:50
  • 7.... And Then He Wrote Meditations03:14


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