Oscar Brown, Jr.

Then and Now

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Singer/lyricist/social commentator Oscar Brown, Jr. had been off records for 20 years when he finally had a chance to return to the studios. Brown recorded eight remakes of songs from his first two albums (Sin & Soul and Between Heaven and Hell), plus eight newer pieces. His lyrics are as relevant as ever, his voice was still very much in its prime, and the backup (a rhythm section with a few guests) gives him suitable accompaniment. Among the many highlights of this superb set are "Dat Dere," "Afro Blue," "Rags and Old Iron," "The Entertainer" and "Old Man."

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