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Evolutionary- First New WAR Album in 20 Years includes Greatest Hits

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B00ITAPW56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. That L.A. Sunshine
2. Mamacita
3. It's Our Right/Funky Tonk
4. Just Like Us
5. Inspiration
6. Scream Stream
7. This Funky Music
8. Outer Space
9. War / War After War (A Soldier's Story)
10. Bounce
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. All Day Music
2. Slippin' Into Darkness
3. The World Is A Ghetto
4. The Cisco Kid
5. Gypsy Man
6. Me And Baby Brother
7. Southern Part Of Texas
8. Why Can't We Be Friends?
9. Low Rider
10. Summer

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First new WAR album in 20 years includes bonus original platinum + greatest hits album never before released on CD. Features special guest collaborations with Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power, Joe Walsh, Malik Yusef and the USC Marching Band.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In recent years its come to my knowledge that during the late 1990's,War was splintered apart due to the fact that many of the original members wished to separate from their manager. And lead singer/multi instrumentalist Lonnie Jordan wished to remain. In the end it would up in a fashion: Lonnie and his new band maintained the War name while the original members began to tour as the Lowrider Band. So people looked up,and for all intents and purposes there were two War's out there. And on the road pretty consistently. Sadly many of their admirers became bitterly disappointed at the supposed legal betrayal between Jordan and his former band mates-often citing that,since its instrumentalists who generally make or break singers in funk bands,that this was all an example of greedy committee thinking. Not even to mention Jordan's own instrumental abilities. All of this of course occurring during what I refer to as an often bitter credibility war within the music industry as a whole. Its only now that War have re-emerged with a new album that I had no idea was even coming until less than a month ago. It is packaged as a double album with their original Greatest Hits album-a long hoped for compilation for War admirers on CD. Many of the original bands' supporters could interpret this as insult added to injury. But for me it represents equal time. And I refuse to get in the middle of the Lonnie Jordan/War schism which,I personally feel,was motivated largely by shifty and ear whispering lawyers anyhow. What matters to me is the music. And on that level there is much to take in here.

"That L.A. Sunshine" starts out the album with that Afro/Latin/Reggae type rhythmic pop bump that has the same type of bright beats and melodic flavor of War in their mid 1970's prime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Think I Would Like This June 17, 2014
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Quite simply, I bought this release for the remastered Greatest Hits disc and--speaking of--they did an awesome job on this remaster. Playing it through my Q701 Quincy Jones reference headphones was revelatory. Before I even listened to the first disc, I was wondering if I should just rate this release 5 Stars for the Greatest Hits alone, even though I was prepared to hate the new disc. That turned out not to be a problem though, because I like EVERY song on the new disc. Yes, I would prefer that the Lowrider Band and it's original 4 War members reunite with Lonnie, I usually hate bands that carry on in name only, with one original member, like Foreigner, as an example. But Lonnie does a very good job here, there is fine musicianship throughout and a definite War-like feel to these songs, this is a great disc for Summer. I get why people don't like the new disc, but I wonder if, like me, they were predisposed to hating it? I would recommend this disc for the remastered Greatest Hits alone, but the new disc is surprisingly good IMO--give it a chance.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WAR's New Album Shines May 20, 2014
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It's been twenty years since the funk/jazz/R&B/Latin/rock band WAR released a new studio album even though the current incarnation of the band never stopped touring the country playing their many wonderful hits, mostly from the seventies. I feared they might enter the twenty-first century with a whimper much like Earth, Wind & Fire and to a lesser extent Third World (both genre-bending bands). Earth, Wind & Fire especially has released a number of tepid albums (including last year's "Now, Then and Forever.") since WAR released their last studio album. They haven't been able to replicate their sound with quality material.

Even though Lonnie Jordan remains the sole original member of WAR I was more than pleasantly surprised by "Evolutionary." It's more comparable to their last studio album "Peace Sign" than their earlier work, but I thought "Peace Sign" was an exceptional album.

On "Evolutionary" you won't find an "East L.A." or "Angel" but the songs here come close. "Mamacita" with its Latin roots is one of the album's highlights, musically close to "East L.A." including a guest guitar solo by Joe Walsh and the Tower of Power Horns. "It's Our Right/Funky Music " harkens back to the early days of the group when extended versions of their songs were the norm. I recall first hearing WAR on a Philly R&B FM station which played extended album versions of songs rather than more pedestrian radio edits. In this 9-minute jam the extended horn solo mostly definitely retains the flavor of early WAR (I wish the group had given Mamacita the same extended treatment).

"Just Like Us" is a splendid ballad with its haunting harmonica reminiscent of Lee Oskar.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Album Is Mediocre At Best! May 22, 2014
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After listening to the "new" War's Evolutionary CD, I can honestly say that it's missing it's magic. The magic that was once created by the ORIGINAL members of the ORIGINAL band known as WAR. A lot of the material contained herein are too new-age and lacks the ORIGINAL War sound. As a DJ in the radio and nightclub world, I wouldn't play this anytime soon...sorry guys, but this is not the WAR I grew up on. The only reason why this album will sell big, is because of the bonus Greatest Hits CD. WAR is not WAR without the REAL MEMBERS! (Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott, Harold Brown, BB Dickerson and Lee Oskar!) R.I.P. **Sylvester "Papa Dee" Allen and Charles Miller**
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
Loved this! First CD had all the great oldies and the other CD had new ones that are also great. I especially like the one about Rosarito.
Published 28 days ago by penny cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars A different way of expression.
You have to be ready for them, yet the reward is fine listening.
Published 1 month ago by Gilbert M. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars RE;AWESOME
I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS BAND FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND EVEN THOUGH THEY'VE LOST SOME MEMBERS BUT THIS BAND IS STILL AWESOME...LONNIE JORDAN THE LEAD SINGER STILL HAS THAT VOICE... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leander phillips jr
4.0 out of 5 stars War is War
The reviews for thecnew cd, Evolutionary was given bad reviews by Amazonians but I actually enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DeniseJ Holder
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD's
Love their music, 20 years was too long to wait!
Published 1 month ago by J. M. Hubble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Manuel Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good CD
Published 1 month ago by raymond t barnes
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lonnie Jordan CD
The First CD is A Lonnie Jordan CD and the Second CD Is A Greatest Hits ... With the Original War Members
Published 2 months ago by Warfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Glad this included a greatest hits CD. Not what I was expecting.
Published 2 months ago by George A Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
i really enjoy war since seeing them last year in ocean city md. I was excited to hear the new cd including the hit song WAR which I thought was theirs but they just released it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rick M.
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So, is this the original War lineup?
Who wants to buy a new studio album/CD of War without Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lee Oskar, or Howard Scott?

Sorry but it's not War without them. I don't care what the courts say. We can't bring back Papa Dee Allen or Charles Miller but to call this band War, sorry.

Even the gimmick with... Read More
May 18, 2014 by James Zinn |  See all 9 posts
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