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War of the Gods Import, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1973 album from one of the most identifiable voices of the Philly Sound. War of the Gods reached R&B #12 and Pop #110 upon it's release in 1973. Some of the artists backing Billy on this album are Bobby Eli, Bunny Sigler, Norman Harris, Leon Huff and Ron Baker. The album has been sampled by the likes of DJ Shadow, Ludacris, Jaylib, Cappadonna and Ghostface Killah.


1. I See The Light
2. War Of The Gods
3. The Whole Town's Talking
4. I Was Married
5. Thanks For Saving My Life
6. Peace Holy Peace
7. War Of The Gods (Part One) (Single Version)
8. The Whole Town's Talking (Single Version)
9. I Was Married (Single Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: BBR
  • ASIN: B0093NOC9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By strongjohnlee on May 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first brought this album in 1973 and it is argutively Billy Paul's best work. I lost it , and have been in search of it every since.It's TSOP The Sound Of Philadelphia. With MFSB doing the music, and Gamble/Huff writing the tunes. If you dig Billy Paul,and are lucky enough to find a copy. You'll never hear Billy sound better...never!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Armstrong on July 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the rare pop album that is strong beginning to end. Every cut here belongs on any Billy Paul greatest hits album, although only "Thanks for Saving My Life" typically makes it. That one is a great, upbeat song, but the best one here may be the title cut.

Paul was a distinctive, perhaps even unique, R&B singer. He may have lacked vocal range, but when he performed Gamble and Huff numbers, the result was almost invariably stirring, and the first two selections here offer an other-worldly mysticism that shows why.

Paul compensated for his limited range with passion. That is evident on "The Whole Town's Talking" and "I Was Married." Even the final number, "Peace Holy Peace," though perhaps unsuitable for radio or mass audiences, due to length and message, is a passionate treasure. Easily Paul's best album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Morialdo on April 6, 2007
Format: Vinyl
Forget the great mostly very konwledge songs from Billy and enter to another not telling history about the best voice feeling and great music arrangements !. This very hard to find record include "Thanks for saving my life"..but the another tracks are a very beatiful sample of the most finest mix of the great Billy voice and the ambient created by a magic orchestra and chorus arrangements. If you don`t know this album...ooopss !

and love the Philly Sound and Billy Paul voice...put now all your Sherlock Holmes hard to find record task force and start looking forward to find this inolvidable recording !.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on March 8, 2013
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I have been waiting to order this CD for some time now. Now that i have it I am okay with the old music of the 70's and 80's. This album is a winner. I love it so much and I am looking forward to listening to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Mcknight on January 13, 2014
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I have the original vynil. Just was hopping I could get this in cd form.I liked it back in the day,and I like it now.
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I too think this was Paul's best Philly album. "I See The Light" and I Was Married" are stand outs as is the title track. Not mentioned is the fact that the original vinyl album had one more song "July, July." It's a decent cut but why did they leave it off of the CD? I hadn't played the CD in a while but after playing it wondered why. I might have to buy another one as now I can't find where I put it (lol).
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Format: Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BIG BREAK RECORDS (BBR) 2012 CD REMASTER ***

With all 6 of its tracks written by the dynamic Soul duo of KENNETH GAMBLE and LEON HUFF (with contributions from Bunny Sigler, Cary Gilbert and Joannie Arc) and the music played entirely by MFSB - Billy Paul's 3rd album for Philly is considered by many (including the artist himself) to be his best record. And this expanded November 2012 UK CD reissue of it does it proud. Here are the finite details...

Big Break Records CDBBR0184 breaks down as follows (50:55 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 6 are the vinyl album "War Of The Gods" - released November 1973 in the USA on Philadelphia International KZ 32409 in a gatefold sleeve with an insert. Stateside it reached Number 12 on the R&B charts and Number 110 on the Pop charts. It was also belatedly issued in the UK on Philadelphia International S PIR 65861 in June 1974.

Tracks 7, 8 and 9 are BONUS TRACKS - "War Of The Gods (Single Version)", "The Whole Town's Talking (Single Version)" and "I Was Married (Single Version)".

There were 4 x 7" singles issued around the album and this CD will allow fans to sequence them as follows:
1. War Of The Gods (Part 1) [7] b/w War Of The Gods (Part 2)
November 1973 PROMO-ONLY USA 7" single on Philadelphia International AE7 1080
2. Thanks For Saving My Life [5] b/w I Was Married [9]
November 1973 USA 7" single on Philadelphia International ZS7 3538
3. Thanks For Saving My Life [5] b/w I See The Light [1]
November 1973 UK 7" single on Philadelphia International S PIR 1928
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By Peanut on January 8, 2014
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This album was recorded in the 70s at the height of Paul's popularty and it is arguably his best work. Billy Paul has a unique voice despite its limited range; he is in fine voice here. The production values are top-notch, typical for a Gamble/Huff produced work. The songs range from radio-friendly R&B to extended cuts. A must for Billy Paul fans!
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