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Very Best of War Original recording remastered, Import


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Editorial Reviews

This double-disc War best-of is so definitive that Rhino marketed it on TV! And yes, it's got both the Eric Burdon and the War hits on it-includes Spill the Wine; single versions of Slippin' into Darkness; The World Is a Ghetto; Gypsy Man; Ballero; Summer; L.A. Sunshine; Galaxy; You Got the Power; Outlaw , and more; Low Rider; The Cisco Kid; All Day Music; Me and Baby Brother; Why Can't Be Friends? , and more. Extensive liner notes, too!

Disc: 1
1. Spill The Wine
2. Tabacco Road
3. All Day Music
4. Slippin' Into Darkness
5. Get Down
6. Nappy head (Theme From 'Getto Man')
7. The World Is A Getto
8. City, Country, City
9. The Cisco Kid
10. Where Was You At
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Low Rider
2. Don't Let No One Get You Down
3. Heartbeat
4. Smile Happy
5. So
6. Summer
7. L.A. Sunshine
8. River Niger
9. Galaxy
10. Youngblood (Livin' In The Streets)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000A0DVB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Takes us back to when music was really good!!
Michael Montano
Love this CD because of all the great songs - particularly, 'Why can't we be friends?'.Saw them in concert - great band.
Michelle Benningfield
I'm satisfied and recommending to others that this is a great buy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By R. Mix on July 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After all these years, revisiting the best of War (pretty much disc one of 'The Very Best of War') was an expected pleasure. Hearing what War had done in the years after their mid-seventies commercial peak (pretty much disc two) was an unexpected one.

Heavyweights in the days before hyper-demographic radio, War co-existed with the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Doobie Brothers and Elton John on FM playlists across the country. Their brand of latin-tinged r&b, coupled with a talent for jamming, struck a chord with listeners of the day, as War was something of a cross between the Allman Brothers Band and Graham Central Station. They were a rhythm and blues band whose frequently-joyful music crossed all racial boundaries.

And this collection gets it all down.

Not only are the hits here ("Slipping Into Darkness", "Low Rider", "The World Is a Ghetto", "Why Can't We Be Friends" and "Gypsy Man"), but so are significant album tracks ("Four Cornered Room", "Don't Let No One Get You Down") and overlooked nuggets as well ("I'm the One Who Understands", "River Niger" and "East L.A."--which sports an amazing guest vocal from Jose Feliciano).

And the remastered sound, courtesy of Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch, just sparkles. The sonic detail is amazing, and with a multi-instrumental, polyrhythmic band like War, hearing it revealed is a truly awesome experience.

But 'The Very Best of War' isn't without its flaws: I'm not sure "Ballero" is the best representative of 'War Live!', "Galaxy" and "You Got the Power" are two very mediocre attempts at disco, and several other album tracks are depressingly pedestrian.

But in the end, this is a well done collection that provides a comprehensive look at War for less than an earlier War anthology costs. In short, this is one time I will urge people to go to War.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By musicfanatic on February 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the best 2 disc compilation of War you will find. All of the hits are here and then some. The sound is great and you won't be disappointed. I would recommend this to any 70's soul, funk and rock fan, War has all of those elements. A pleasure to listen to.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By funkmasterfurious on June 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
True Funkophiles!!! Strike back for the future! Ground your kids on a Saturday afternoon this summer, buy them a funky shirt and some cool shades and make them sit on the patio and drink some lemonade with you while you play this album of "Daddy's Old Music" for them. If they haven't come around by the end of "Me and Baby Brother", just tell yourself you did your best, give 'em back the TV remote or send them off to listen to Britney and Christina. You should stay there, freshen up the sun screen, and wait a couple of hours for when they come back and say, "What did you say the name of that band was?" Funk on!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. G Martinez on July 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you want every single one of WAR's biggest hits, this is the one and ONLY collection to buy. You'll find everything you'll looking for. "Slippin' In the Darkness", "The World Is A Ghetto", "Why Can't We Be Friends?" "Low Rider", "Don't Let No One Get You Down", "City, Country, City", and the list goes on. I grew up listening to these guys, and I could honestly say that I have never heard a more positive group, not to mention one that's unique in it's sound. A must have for all fans of R&B/Soul out there.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. A. C. on August 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
My favorite songs from War are "Smile Happy" ,"City, Country, City", and "Four Cornered Room."
I listened to the first two and realized that they have been cut considerably. I bought this CD to hear those 3 songs but since they are much, much shorter than the originals. I want my money back. I never would have purchased a CD where the songs are just samples of the originals. What's the point?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GaryM on December 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The gushing reviews above can only be explained if the reviewers are utterly unfamiliar with this band's material, or if they are flacks for publisher.

This album is the Reader's Digest version of "The Very Best of War." 21 of of the 34 tracks on the 2-CD album are severely truncated shadows of the original hits. Among the most badly butchered: City, Country, City (from "The World is a Ghetto"), a jazz-rock mini-symphony with distinct movements that is the heart of that album; Tobacco Road, from the band's debut album with Eric Burdon; and such classic War jam sessions as Gypsy Man and L.A. Sunshine.

Calling this travesty "the very best of War" is like calling an assortment of scenes from his plays "the very best of Shakespeare." Labeling it "original recordings remastered" verges on false advertising. "Original recordings mutilated" would be more accurate.
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