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Recorded while WAR were pursuing a parallel career without Eric Burdon, WAR combined songs dating back to some band members' pre-WAR years with newly recorded music. While the album didn't produce the chart-topping hits th... more »
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Recorded while WAR were pursuing a parallel career without Eric Burdon, WAR combined songs dating back to some band members' pre-WAR years with newly recorded music. While the album didn't produce the chart-topping hits their efforts with Burdon yielded, it did solidify the signature WAR sound that would soon propel them to stardom with such soul-groovers as "Sun Oh Sun" and "Lonely Feelin'" (#38 R&B). Ironically, the band would begin its solo career shortly after the release of WAR as Burdon bowed out of the lineup permanently.
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Andre' S Grindle | Bangor,ME. | 12/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My goodness "War weighs alot!This is the bands debbut album
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!"
Castro's Cuba Exposed
olofpalme63 | auf der flucht! | 04/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
Referred to as "The Fingers LP" or even the "Bay of Pigs". War's first (for the United Artists label) is clearly a top 100 record in any poll on the strength of the brilliant "Fidel's Fantasy" alone. With Eric (The Animals) Burdon spliting to make his hippie dream a reality somewhere, we're ("we're" being the listener) left with the keys to a brand new V8 Impala. ...and what a ride it was.
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.