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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 19-NOV-1991
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, a shoddy anthology from a decent band that deserves better treatment.
Also, "Spill The Wine," "The Cisco Kid," "All Day Music" and "Slippin' Into Darkness" are edited versions that were supplied to radio stations, not the longer versions that appeared on the regular 45s (The edited version of "Spill The Wine" keeps turning up on War compilations. You need to pick up "Eric Burdon Declares 'War'" to get the unedited version.)
Unfortunately, this collection omits two of their biggest and best songs: "The World is a Ghetto" (#7 in 1973) and "Gypsy Man" (#8 in 1973). If a band has seven Top 10 singles, all of those songs should be on their greatest hits collection! The CD also culminates on a low-note - a 1987 remix by Arthur Baker of "Low Rider." You might not recognize that name, but you'll recognize Baker's sound; he scored such 80's movie as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and he injects the remix with an unhealthy dose of 80's cheese.
Ultimately, this anthology is arguably the best single-disk compilation of War's music although with some serious flaws. Casual fans will probably be satisfied, but others should seek out one of their double-disk collections.
Included on this CD are twelve of their better known songs and a remix of "Low Rider". There isn't a weak song in the bunch, but the packaging was weak, at best. First, using the term "best of" is walking into dangerous territory. "Biggest Hits" or "Top Sellers" might have been more appropriate. Best Of is a subjective term and people will usually feel cheat out of at least one or more songs when the title "Best Of" is used.
Also lacking in the packaging is anything resembling liner notes. The listener is left to guess the year, the personnel, what albums the songs came from, anything. Song titles and that's it. Rhino Records, which has had a remarkable history of producing historically significant compilations, has totally dropped the ball on this album. Next time they should shell out a few dollars to have someone do some kind of liner notes.
Overall it's a decent collection and I'd definitely recommend if all you're looking for is a decent sampling of War's music. But I'd rather have a group of the albums or a boxed set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my husband for Fathers Day.. He absolutely loves every song,Published 8 days ago by Rosemary Rios
How can you not love War . The shipping was fast and the CD was great , new and unplayed as advertised. ThanksPublished 5 months ago by R.M.
Good CD, Good Music. Everything went well with sale. Would buy again from seller.Published 16 months ago by Daffy Duck