WAR albums poll

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truly formative in my musical upbringing. in the '90s my high school bros and i used to chill out in the sticks over the summers and drink beer and listen to steely dan, the dead, and WAR lps. kinda overlooked by a lot of folks, for whatever reason, but they were one of the best groups of the '70s imo.

Poll Results

The World Is A Ghetto 3
All Day Music 2
Deliver the Word 2
Why Can't We Be Friends? 2
Galaxy 1
Eric Burdon Declares War 0
Outlaw 0
The Music Band - Jazz 0
Life (Is So Strange) 0
Where There's Smoke 0
On Fire 0
The Music Band Live 0
The Music Band 2 0
The Music Band 0
Youngblood 0
Platinum Jazz 0
War Live 0
War 0
The Black-Man's Burdon 0
Peace Sign 0

omar little, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 21:50 (nine years ago) link

decided to stick the burdon albums in there because the good shit contained therein is b/c of war.

omar little, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 21:51 (nine years ago) link

Would love to get some recommendations here. I only have (and love) Galaxy.

mmmm, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 21:53 (nine years ago) link

"a friend" heard spill that wine once when he was tripping and it was fucking amazing

dell (del), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:00 (nine years ago) link

The World Is A Ghetto is unf/wable imo.

i wanna be yr rhizome (seandalai), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:02 (nine years ago) link

These guys are HUGE HUGE HUGE among my parents' set. Grew up with their music all around me. Voting for "All Day Music"

51 suggest gang (The Reverend), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:26 (nine years ago) link


omar little, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:31 (nine years ago) link


omar little, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:33 (nine years ago) link

voting The World Is A Ghetto but I might like Platinum Jazz & Galaxy better now that I like fusion

backlash stan straw man fan (m coleman), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:43 (nine years ago) link

np: "city country city" from TWIAG - epic funky/mellow instrumental track while I start cookin dinner, perfecto

backlash stan straw man fan (m coleman), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 23:09 (nine years ago) link

I love All Day Music and The World is a Ghetto but Deliver the Word gets my vote. The title track is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

I've not heard any of the albums after Why Can't We Be Friends, are any of the others worth getting?

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 23:32 (nine years ago) link

We had the Greatest Hits disc from the mid-70s and played that thing to death. Shame but I never heard any of the proper albums as a result. Leaves me ??? for voting.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 15 June 2011 06:10 (nine years ago) link

my parents have seriously become close friends with one of the two current iterations of the band (i think the only original member is lonnie, the singer). like, my mom makes them brownies (no pot) and lasagna when they tour around maryland, which is very often, and then they all hang out together at the hotel. i have no idea how this happened, seeing as they weren't really fans of the band beforehand. there isn't a single person at any of their shows under the age of 50.

these albums can be procured pretty cheap on vinyl, probably their core classics are ADM/WIAG/DTW/WKWBF. galaxy is alright and platinum jazz has some jams but those four are the place to start.

omar little, Wednesday, 15 June 2011 23:43 (nine years ago) link

All Day Music
The World Is A Ghetto
Why Can't We Be Friends?

You really can't go wrong with these four and I would bet there is solid music on all of them. They are/were a kick ass band.

Slippin' into Darkness has a pulse on something that is pretty true. Sad thing is pop music is just not that loose now, everything is way too conformed to the grid.

earlnash, Thursday, 16 June 2011 03:40 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 23:01 (nine years ago) link

these guys are massively underrated

winoa ryder sexes creatures of the night (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 23:02 (nine years ago) link

Absolutely love their best singles (for me, "The World Is a Ghetto," "Slippin' Into Darkness," and "Summer"), and they had bigger hits that are also good. The World Is a Ghetto has the first two, but the one album I'd want is their Columbia best-of.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 23:24 (nine years ago) link

kinda overlooked by a lot of folks

I don't know why either. 'Low Rider' is one of my favorite songs

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 23:31 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 29 June 2011 23:01 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

I listened to War yesterday, which I never do. I thought it would turn me into a hippie. It didn't!

i missed this thread, totally woulda voted for All Day Music

some dude, Saturday, 17 March 2012 00:09 (nine years ago) link

Platinum Jazz is pretty dope despite the horrible name. Checked it out via Spinna's recent comp. Easy to find in the $1-2 bin and well worth it.

Playoff Starts Here (san lazaro), Monday, 26 March 2012 22:36 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

it's WAR season!!

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 3 May 2013 17:46 (seven years ago) link


four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 3 May 2013 17:47 (seven years ago) link

oh shit you are right

Fred by Durst (The Reverend), Friday, 3 May 2013 18:32 (seven years ago) link

my time of year

Leon Septamost, Saturday, 4 May 2013 06:39 (seven years ago) link


Shin Oliva Suzuki, Saturday, 4 May 2013 15:13 (seven years ago) link

Are the rest of the lps getting remastered reissues with extra tracks? The World Is A Ghetto is really good in its latest form.

Stevolende, Saturday, 4 May 2013 18:40 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

it's ALMOST war season!! I listened to Deliver the Word today.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 17:02 (seven years ago) link

Cinco del Mayo still nearly two months away.

Eric H., Wednesday, 12 March 2014 17:43 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

that time of year

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:56 (four years ago) link

Man, some of those albums with zero votes. Youngblood is the bomb.

Manspread Mann (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:58 (four years ago) link

Their album The World Is a Ghetto was the best-selling album of 1973


rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 19:14 (four years ago) link

Got into Galaxy this year, pretty good, easy-to-like record. Title track is them doing disco, and makes me wonder what other War-does-disco records/tracks are good.

Dominique, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 20:10 (four years ago) link

Really can't go wrong with any of their 70s records at least up to Galaxy, I have liked them all. They were a deeply talented group.

earlnash, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 20:39 (four years ago) link

Are Eric Burdon Declares "War" or The Black-Man's Burdon (paging horrible 70s album titles thread...) worth hearing?

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 20:51 (four years ago) link

I've never bothered with them tbh

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 20:59 (four years ago) link

There were several other lps reissued on cd by the label that did that TWIAG in 2013.
I think that all the others had no bonus tracks. Was the sound improved over the older cds?
Also previous cd of the Live lp had the same weird track division that the lp had. I think lp had things dictated by vinyl sides. Cd was presumably not remastered so banding remained the same but it meant tracks were weirdly divided. There was a bootleg that turned out to be the same performance that had the tracks banded per performance 18 minute track as 1 piece etc. Called Cisco Kids or something.
It's also the one bootleg I'm aware of at least without Burdon. Would love others from the early 70s.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 21:43 (four years ago) link

i haven't heard 'black man's burdon' but the first one is i think really good overall. beyond 'spill the wine' there are some tunes that are nice workouts for all of the War players.

nomar, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 21:52 (four years ago) link

I like Eric Burdon and the Animals. The War records with Burdon got segments that are kind of dated as it was built around these kinda beatnik monologues that Burdon would weave inbetween songs or musical segments. Probably worked better live than it does on the records. He did some similar stuff on some of later Animals records, I think some people considered it perhaps kinda cornball. It's still War and Burdon is a fine bluesy singer to my ears. First one is the best but there are some moments on all three including the later out-takes record.

earlnash, Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:11 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

WAR season

omar little, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 18:03 (two years ago) link

No votes for Youngblood?!?

Heez, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 18:05 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

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