Freedom Beyond Recognition
Tony Brown
Living Nation Production
December 30, 2009

Track list
  1. Politician
  2. You Can Fly
  3. Let's Get Closer
  4. Peace Train
  5. Turn You Around
  6. Steppin' Across
  7. Homeland
  8. Open You Eyes
  9. Military Show
  10. Ina This Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Musician, producer, arranger Tony Brown was musically influenced by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Bob Marley, his mother Dottie Brown, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal, Gavin Christopher, The Band, Justin Hines, Burning Spear, Third World Band, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Sylvester Stone, The Delfonics, Holland & Dozier, Smoky Robinson, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Tower of Power, Beres Hammond.... the list is endlessly. Looking at the names he was influenced by it's obvious that he doesn't draw lines at styles of music, his only goal is to create and perform quality music.

His current album "Freedom Beyond Recognition" started as a project in 2007 in the USA and over the following two years he bounced back and forth from Belize and the USA performing and finishing the project. The 10 track album contains tunes that "come from his soul". They are stories of his life... "experiences and observation that I think a lot of people share but don't communicate in a way that brings resolution to the issues expressed in some of these lyrics."

Tony Brown is blessed with a soulful and powerful voice. We're pleased to see & hear that he uses real musicians and even a horns section for this album. The collection of tunes contains some noteworthy efforts. The album starts with a good tune called Politician and continues with You Can Fly, the only song on the album Tony Brown hasn't written himself. Let's Get Closer is a good effort and Peace Train is even better. Turn You Around reminds us of soul tunes from the past while Steppin' Across is a bouncy and danceable tune. Homeland is a kind of crossover tune, it has pop, soul and reggae influences, well worth checkin' out!

With Open Your Eyes he returns to the one drop reggae. Military Show comes with too much rock guitar riffs, so we'll skip this one. The album closes in fine style with the ska influenced tune Ina This Time.