The gospel according to Gil Scott Heron

We've always loved Gil Scott Heron, no matter his many and well documented foibles. The great man's new album, I'm New Here (XL), marks a welcome and long awaited return to form. In the sleeve notes, the hard-living poet, musician and "Father of Rap" sets out his manifesto for enjoying the album. Trust us, you will... Gil Scott Heron's instructions for listening to I'm New Here...

There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment. Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment. to get the maximum you must...

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LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.

Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.

Take it home.

Get rid of all distractions, (even her or him).

Turn off your cell phone.

Turn off everything that rings or bleeps or rattles or whistles.

Make yourself comfortable.

Play your CD.

LISTEN all the way through.

Think about what you got.

Think about who would appreciate this investment.

Decide if there is someone to share this with.

Turn it on again.

Enjoy Yourself.

Gil Scott-Heron

I'm New Here by Gil Scott Heron (XL) is out now