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Why Can't We Be Friends?

4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Media Type: CD
Artist: WAR
Title: WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?
Street Release Date: 08/18/1992
Domestic
Genre: SOUL/R & B

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The title song remains the obvious hit and standout track on War's sixth album. Inspired by a fight that broke out in the audience before the group mounted the stage, "Why Can't We Be Friends?" became a Top 10 hit on both R&B and pop charts, as did the followup, "Low Rider." Another highlight is "Don't Let No One Get You Down," an upbeat, self-help message song. The rest of the album focuses on War's patented East L.A. sound, heavy with percussion, spiced with staccato bursts of horns and Lee Oskar's harmonica flares, filled with optimstic lyrics and soulful vocals, and includes the extended jam of "Heartbeat." If you like the low-rider sound that War pioneered, this is a great record for cruising or partying. --Tom Vickers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avenue Records / Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032V8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Growing up, this was my favorite WAR album. I was actually born a year before it was released, but by the time I was about three or four, this was one of those albums that just jumped out at me...mainly because of the COVER.I think it was my favorite because as a kid, I was happy, optimistic, and innocent (like most normal kids are). This is probably the most joyous album they ever made, and it was the first War album I really connected to.

Every song is good (but that was the norm for them, by then). War was always sort of a "communal" band; no single member ever stood out above the others. In fact on this album, you get to hear 6 of the 7 members sing lead vocals on their own cuts...even LEE OSKAR (the lone exception being Papa Dee Allen...who does get a verse on the title cut).

The songs that initially grabbed my pre-K attention on this album were "Low Rider" and "Smile Happy." Everybody knows the former cut; the latter is another in a long line of great instrumental cuts. Every song is great, though. In college, "Lotus Blossom" became a song that I really loved. "So" is a beautiful, melancholy tune that could be played during a really sad scene in an old western.

If you buy this album for just one song, buy it for "Heartbeat."

By the time my father bought me my OWN copy of this album when I was about 7, "Heartbeat" became my favorite cut. It's not as well-known as the other songs on this album or any OTHER War album, but it's a BEAST!!! A deceptively simple, "proto-rap" groove featuring Harold Brown on vocals, it's been sampled a few times by hip-hoppers (one of the first groups I remember using it was Whodini in the mid-80s) and is one of those songs that any DIE-HARD fan like myself knows even though casual fans don't have a clue. I don't think I've EVER heard it on the radio...not even the college stations, but this song is at or near the top of the list of their baddest funk workouts.
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...part III of the funkiest Trilogy ever. It has the road-dawg classic "Low Rider" and the anti-conflict ditty "Why Can't We Be Friends" and some of the best bossylatin/funk/California soul ever! You don't do better than these three Wars... per-i-od!
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The eighth album by this popular group may be their best ever, achieving even greater popularity than their landmark album release, "The World is a Ghetto". War's instrumentals and vocals establish a nice groove for listeners with a mixture of R&B/rock fusion rhythms and mellow, soulful sounds that always satisfy. Each track is wonderful to hear, and "Heartbeat" seems to capture the group's personality, an uptempo, funky groove that bounces along and sweeps listeners along with it. Songs like "Lotus Blossom", "So", "Smile Happy" and "Low Rider" lead up to the title track which is a great way to close out the CD. This disc is a must-have for fans of 1970s soul music and of this group in particular.
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War were one of the bands that benefited very heavily from the united funk era of the early/mid 70's. They scored enormous success on all fronts with 1972's World Is a Ghetto which built up momentum for the less heralded Deliver the Word. Those and one spirited live set later War were back in the same basic place they were in 1972. But there was a change. As occurs with most musical genres a certain level of sophistication is bound to occur. And that's what happens here to a great degree. As another reviewer pointed out War were very much a collective band where one member never dominated the spotlight,at least not for very long. It was one of the main features of funk bands during the 70's And on this album the bands very nature becomes the source of their latest development. Here vocals take a much stronger overall priority in the music than it did before,not that instrumentation still isn't at the same level. Even still it's very much people music all the way.

"Don't Let No One Get You Down" and "Lotus Blossom" both start the album out with two sophisticated midtempo funky soul ballads. A similar flavor returns later in the album with "So". But in between there's something very interesting happening. In keeping with the bands ability at instrumental jamming in a number of musical genres channeled together through funk "Leroy's Latin Lament" takes the cake-it's sophisticated balladry,afro latin funk and even mid 70's pop/rock all at once without ever sacrificing it's sense of being firmly in the groove.
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In my opinion one of the best War CD's, of course all their music is good. The sweet notes of "So", "Leroys Lament" and Mazatlan tug at your heart. "Lotus Blossom" poetic and beautiful. A must have CD for War lovers!!!!
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Great CD, of much missed LP from my youth. My son "stole" the LP years ago when he was my age when I first heard it.

It has been such a long time since I heard it in full and have driven my neighbours mad with repeat playings.

Thank you, great price, speedy delivery.
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I have owned the original Digital 20 bit Master Series, Gold CD versions of All Day Music and Why Can't We Be Friends since they first came out in the mid-90's. I love both albums and listen to them fairly frequently. While I have purchased and listened to numerous single and greatest hits versions of the music on these albums, I have kept them because absolutely nothing came close to the sonic quality on these 20 bit Masters, which are quite good. However, these new, remastered versions of these CD's are just sonically stunning!! As good as the old ones were/are, the detail and precise imaging are near perfect and really shows off these great CD's as they should be.

I gave these CD's 5 stars because they deserve it for the sonic qualities alone. However, while it does not much matter to me personally, these are "bare bones" in terms of extras. These are strictly fine remasters of the original albums, and nothing more. In fact, while I've never seen it before myself, these CD's don't even come with a CD booklet of any kind. Please note that there is a notation with the CD's that one can download a copy of the original CD booklet from the War.com website, which likely means that you won't get any remastering information, etc. about these specific releases. Of course, after I received the CD's yesterday and went to the site, those downloads were no where to be found, but hopefully that will be corrected soon for those who need those booklets.
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