Personnel includes: Oscar Brown, Jr. (vocals); Floyd Morris (piano); Phil Upchurch (guitar); Herbert Brown (bass); Curtis Boyd (drums).
Producer: Luchi DeJesus.
Reissue producer: Jerry Rappaport.
Recorded at the Cellar Door, Washington, D.C. in 1964. Originally released on Fontana Records (67540). Includes liner notes by Mike James.
All tracks have been digitally transferred using 22-bit technology.
This is part of Verve's Verve By Request series.
Personnel: Oscar Brown, Jr. (vocals); Phil Upchurch (guitar); Floyd Morris (piano); Curtis Boyd (drums).
Liner Note Author: Mike James .
Recording information: Cellar Door, Washington D.C (1964); The Cellar Door, Washington DC (1964).
Director: Sung Lee.
Editor: Deborah Hay.
Arranger: Floyd Morris.
Though he's known only to an unjustly small group of listeners, Oscar Brown Jr. was really one of the first singer/songwriters, in the way we've come to understand the term. When Bob Dylan and his contemporaries were still busy memorizing the ANTHOLOGY OF FOLK MUSIC, Brown was penning complex, sophisticated lyrics framed by a mixture of jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B. MR. OSCAR BROWN JR. GOES TO WASHINGTON was recorded at a live 1964 performance in the nation's capital. Though Brown had already amassed an impressive repertoire by that time, all the songs on this album were new compositions that had never been recorded before their release here. The live setting allows us to see the theatrical showman side of Brown, as he wins the audience over with such light-hearted fare as the bluesy philanderer's tale "Living Double in a World of Trouble." On the other side of the spectrum, Brown addresses war ("Muffled Drums"), race ("Forty Acres and a Mule"), and weighty philosophical matters with a striking mix of erudition and winning tunefulness. Not as many people heard these songs as perhaps should have, but those who did were affected in a justly profound manner.