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It's where the speech or conversation from one or more person(s) is the foremost aspect of the piece, whether or not any backing music is included. Typically includes DJ introductions, interviews or speech-type oration. Expanding on this, there are a great many exceptions to what's included. To be clear, speech or chat which appears in the likes of Comedy, Hip Hop / Rap, Indie, Jazz, Moodcore, Poetry, Sketch / Skit, Storytelling or Tripbeat records would NOT be tagged as Speech / Chat, and would each retain their primary genre tag as listed.

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 Bicentennial Blues [live '76]

 (Gil Scott-Heron)

 Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

 8.5 out of 10 “Excellent” Speech / Chat

 Recorded with Fedco mobile recording unit on the 2nd July 1976 at Paul's Mall, Boston, Massachusetts. Released on their album “It's Your World” in November, 1976. This piece, performed by Scott-Heron without accompaniment, straddles regular speech as well as poetry, but I plumped for the former as the primary tag. Gil talks about one of his favourite subjects - the blues! “But the blues has always been totally American. As American as apple pie, as American as the blues. The question is why? Why should the blues be so at home here? Well, America provided the atmosphere.” It's a pleasure to listen to the great orator in full flow, his biting wit clear to all who listen. America's still got the blues...

Some favourite artists:

John Peel, Aidan John Moffat, William S. Burroughs, Gil Scott-Heron

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