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Between Heaven And Hell [Original recording remastered]

Oscar Brown Jr Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Superbird
  • ASIN: B003EH3IYQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Oscar Brown Jr. Sings he reveals a complete human
being, struggling with tenderness and turmoil, hostility
and heart, clarity and confusion. You hear and see real
people. Billy James.
Oscar Brown Jr. Has been called genius by Dorothy
Kilgallen, exceptional by Steve Allen, beautiful by
Eleonor Roosvelt and authentically hip by Nat Hentoff.
A man of extraordinary talents singer, actor,
playwright, lyricist and composer who become a star in a
phenomenally short time.
On this album he sings twelve original songs including
two musical settings of poems by other writers. The
orchestral arrangements for two
Mr. Kicks and Hazel s
are by Quincy Jones.
Re-release of original 1962 album Between
Heaven & Hell
First time for complete album on CD
Album digitally re-mastered

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5.0 out of 5 stars A little known gem 2 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having had this album for many years in vinyl I have considered this to be a class act. Oscar's voice is wonderful and the arrangements by Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns give all the tracks full backing. There isn't a bad track on this CD. Between Heaven and Hell is about right with songs which are happy and uplifting, and others evoking the despair and sadness of poor black America. Genius probably isn't too high a description in Oscar's case and this album is an excellent legacy for us all to share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Important 60s voice 9 July 2010
By John Oconnor - Published on Amazon.com
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Oscar Brown Jr was the voice of blacks during the 1960s. In a way, a black Bob Dylan. However, Brown could actually sing as well as write important songs. He covered the Black experience and so much more. This is my favorite of all his albums. There are 4 songs in particular that just hit me hard when I first heard them. "Mr Kicks" is from a broadway style show about a demon who came to earth to collect souls. The song swings and the lyrics are so bitter and so true. "World Full of Gray" is a song that could have been written by many different people but only Oscar was able to capture the pain and longing of seeing one thing and desperately wanting something else. "Lucky Guy" is really bitter. Love his use of the catch phrase "and all of the true love that........money can buy". Finally, and really the only song here that is "only" about the Black experience, "Elegy". A summation of a life that is about the Black experience but could also be about anyone who lives, loves and experiences. The rest of the songs on this CD are also excellent. I highly recommend this CD. Oscar Brown Jr was one of the greats, even if he didn't get the attention he deserved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It 28 Mar 2013
By D. Brookshire - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a joy to listen to OB after so many years. Until recently, I didn't know that so much of his work is available.

But these disappointments: the live in Wash., DC, album is scarce and very expensive, and I can't find his elegy for JFK, which I remember as powerful and sessitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar meets Q! 19 Nov 2010
By jazmaan - Published on Amazon.com
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This remains my favorite Oscar Brown Jr album. It contains the definitive versions of "Hazel's Hips" (thanks to Quincy Jones' sexy almost sleazy arrangement) and Mr. Kicks. Oscar with a big band is the way Oscar was meant to be heard! Give it a listen!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have. 22 Oct 2012
By M. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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If you only listen to one song on this CD ("Hymn To Friday) has become a listening ritual in the Chicago-land area. It is played every Friday at 2P.M. CST on WDCB radio.Here is the link if you want to hear the song at that time, or just buy the CD. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but--- 21 Dec 2011
By Dr. Martin T. Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A few years ago while in Tokyo, I bought the CD "Oscar Brown Jr/Mr. Kicks. It has all of the tunes on this CD and all of the tunes on the CD "Sin & Soul and Then Some." If you can find this CD on the Jazz Line label, it has TWENTY-FOUR of Oscar Brown Jr.'s songs. The songs are of good recording quality, and to get that many songs is a great deal. I am not sure if it is available in the US. My copy says that it was made in Italy, digitally remastered and manufactured and distributed by Red Lines. I hope this is helpful for other devoted fans of OBJr. like myself.
Dr. Martin T. Tyler
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