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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.
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!
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..Read more ›
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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Hit and miss.Parts of all songs are good but no one song is good all the way .Published 3 months ago by Oz man
It was as I expected. I have the vinyl lp. WAR the music is hypnotic and my favorite is Fidels Fantasy. WAR is far more than the top 40's you hear played on classic rock stations. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Abbie Johnson
This is WAR what more needs to be said. These guys have been cookin for years without getting their due RESPECT.Published on January 30, 2013 by Harold Campbell
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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