- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Collectables Records
- 1.Sing Hallelujah
- 2.One Foot In The Gutter
- 3.So Help Me (A Little 3/4 For God & Co.)
- 4.Man, Ernest Boy
- 5.The Tree And Me
- 7.The Snake
- 8.A Young Girl
- 9.All Blues
- 10.If I Only Had
- 11.Tall Like Pine
- 12.Where Or When
- 13.Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
- 14.Mood Indigo
- 15.Please Send Me Someone To Love
- 16.Hey There
- 17.One For My Baby And One More For The Road
- 18.Sixteen Tons
- 19.God Bless The Child
- 20.Work Song
- 21.Go Down Moses
- 22.It Ain't Necessarily So
- 23.Straighten Up And Fly Right
Contains 2 LPs on 1 CD: TELLS IT LIKE IT IS! (1963)/IN A NEW MOOD (1963).
Personnel includes: Oscar Brown, Jr, (vocals); Ralph Burns, Al Cohn (arranger, conductor).
Originally released on Columbia Records.
Recording information: 06/24/1960-12/14/1963.
Arrangers: Floyd Morris; Al Cohn; Ralph Burns.
Collectables combined a pair of Oscar Brown, Jr. LPs from the early '60s, 1963's Tells It Like It Is! and In a New Mood... from one year earlier. The first is a small-group date, recorded in Chicago, featuring a couple of Brown's originals, plus new lyrics for Miles Davis' "All Blues" and Clark Terry's "So Help Me." The second includes 12 standards, with a larger group (conducted and with arrangements by Ralph Burns). Brown balances a few saloon songs ("Mood Indigo," "God Bless the Child," "One for My Baby [And One More for the Road]") with folk songs like "Sixteen Tons" and his original 1960 showpiece "Work Song." ~ John Bush