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War

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Recorded while WAR were pursuing a parallel career without Eric Burdon, WAR combined songs dating back to some band members' pre-WAR years with newly recorded music. While the album didn't produce the chart-topping hits their efforts with Burdon yielded, it did solidify the signature WAR sound that would soon propel them to stardom with such soul-groovers as "Sun Oh Sun" and "Lonely Feelin'" (#38 R&B). Ironically, the band would begin its solo career shortly after the release of WAR as Burdon bowed out of the lineup permanently.

1. Sun Oh Son
2. Lonely Feelin'
3. Back Home
4. War Drums
5. Vibeka
6. Fidel's Fantasy

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 4, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avenue Records
  • ASIN: B0000032US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By olofpalme63 on April 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Referred to as "The Fingers LP" or even the "Bay of Pigs". War's first (for the United Artists label) is clearly a top 100 record in any poll on the strength of the brilliant "Fidel's Fantasy" alone. With Eric (The Animals) Burdon spliting to make his hippie dream a reality somewhere, we're ("we're" being the listener) left with the keys to a brand new V8 Impala. ...and what a ride it was.

From the gun blast in the single "Sun Oh Son" to the dark observation of Fidel Castro in the epic "Fidel's Fantasy". War's 1971 release enters the post-Burdon era with a no-holds-barred approach in the social ring. "War Drums" has to be considered as harsh a statement as any in the entertainment world concerning the Vietnam conflict. Charles Miller leaves the hair standing on your neck from it. Then Lee Oskar calms it back down with his harmonica in the classic "Vibeka".

Although light years away from the commercial success of the mega-selling "Why Can't We Be Friends?", War's first offering without Eric Burdon has to be considered a huge acheivement given the circumstances involved. Following up the smash hit "Spill The Wine" without your lead singer couldn't have been an easy task. War offer up "three fingers and a smile" here. Even if you're a casual War fan, this one is not to be missed. This is where the War started all over again.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on December 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My goodness "War weighs alot!This is the bands debbut album
without Eric Burdon and they try to do ALOT on this album!The
songs all have very substantial musical ideas and even when they
are more minimal the listener will feel as if they are swimming in this music.Not drowning though-on "Sun Oh Sun"
they start out in one way and suddenly spin into another idea entirely-the piano-based gospel of "Lonely Feelin'" is a highly celebretory tunefocusing again on War's newfound independance."War Drums","Videka" and "Fidel's Fantasy",featuring a chanted rap,are all more sonically elaborate numbers and that feeling is only tempered by the pretty ballad "Back Home" smack in the middle.But don't be put off-even if loose and artsy "War" is definately one of the bands very best albums and a happy omen if you will on the signiture sound this funky band form east LA would formulate in the near future!A must-have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
However you define them,however they come at you at any given time one cannot accuse War of holding much back musically. Musically a potent mixture of different blues,gospel,soul,jazz and latin rock influences their open door policy towards freedom of musical expression made them likely one of THE poster bands for the first half of the 70's. Once mixed together the different styles they embraced came together to become the building blocks of the "united funk" period where social/cosmic lyrical concepts,soulful musical ambition and commercial success all rolled into one. The reason this,their first album out from under the wing of Eric Burdon isn't quite all the way their is simply because the "commercial" aspect of their music still wasn't their yet. That little free jazz/psychedelia was still present here. And while it made for excellent creative results they still had a little ways to go before say...oooh World Is a Ghetto.

The opening "Sun Oh Sun" says it all. Starts off sweet soul-almost pastoral to a degree. THAN it bursts out toward the final half of the sung with this uptempo,organ led funk with this very spiritual sung chant of the song title. "Lonley Feelin",with it's chugging gospel inspired rhythm and chugging guitar is RIGHT OUT of the early 70's JB's funk school,especially when the vocals comes in. It's original style funk at some of it's finest. When you get to the latin funk-rock of "War Drums" the band have apparently decided that no one was getting the point of their message and have decided on an extremely direct lyric approch. The instrumental "Back Home" is a slower number,built more around Lee Oscar's harmonica solo and then..
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This is a great album. War is one of the all time underrated bands. Their music basically picks up where Sly & the Family Stone leave off. They don't get the credit because they came to prominence right on the heels of other landmark albums in the funk/soul genre. I've always considered the Holy Trinity of Funk to be James Brown, George Clinton and Sly. But if I were to add a fourth (like maybe a Mount Rushmore type thing), then War would be right up there.

Anyway, this album doesn't have the radio hit appeal that some of their others do but it is very listenable. The playing is smooth and refined, which is impressive considering how new the genre was back then. The energy is more of a controlled burn rather than a straight out assault which helps this album to stand out from its contemporaries.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By walter johnson on December 30, 2013
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I am a Viet Nam veteran, and I herd this album over there. I brought it home and every one loves it. Sad news, it walked away and I could not find another. That was 45 years ago. The sound is a lot better because it is on CD. this is really a great album with a lot of great beats , all of the music on it are like great hits. Try it you wont be disappointed. After 45 years . It sound better.
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"WAR" ...."gOOD GOD ;.....what is it good for ....the individual...
The song you're thinking of is not sung by WAR but by Edwin Starr instead, it would be on any of his "Greatest Hits' albums.
Jul 27, 2006 by T. Krueger |  See all 3 posts
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