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This is the Best of War
on November 6, 2016
This is for the original release and not the 40th Anniversary Edition.
War was a true musical melting pot in the diverse musical decade that was the 1970's. They were as eclectic as they were talented and can write great songs in a wide range of moods and do them well. Their lyrics were also quite topical and never came off as preachy. It's a shame their work has become severely underrated over the years since most newer music fans only know them for "Low Rider". However, in their prime, War was a monster band and that is shown in spades on The World Is a Ghetto. The opening "The Cisco Kid" was very catchy in its lyrics and horn lines and would become a huge hit along with the more solemn title track that was shortened for radio play but on the album is a 10-minute sound collage full of introspective playing. "City Country City" is a 13-minute plus instrumental whose title expresses the vibe perfectly as it bounces from laid back to kinetic and shows all of the band's talents on full display and like the best of jams, it never feels as long it is. "Where Was You At" is as funky as it is upbeat while "Four Cornered Room" is very dark and melancholy yet riveting. Finally, "Beetles in the Bog" ends the album with a hypnotic and tribal beat that just takes you in. A lot of people would recommend you pick up a greatest hits by War but as with most great bands, it doesn't truly paint the picture. The World Is a Ghetto does. Highly recommended.