When Oscar Brown, Jr. signed for Atlantic in the early 70's, he had already been in the music business for over a decade. His debut album, "Sin & Soul," released in 1960, was a success, combining instrumental jazz standards with his own lyrics. Much of his early work showed a high level of social consciousness and focused on the experiences of black Americans. This continued on his three Atlantic albums, "Movin' On" (1972), "Fresh" and "Brother Where Are You" (1974), all of which maintained his jazz sensibilities, though with more of a funky backdrop. After the release of "Brother Where Are You," Brown dropped out of the music business to become a full time activist.
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