kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 11/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent jam album. The tracks run from 6 to 20 minutes long. It is just under 80 minutes long (wonder why they didn't put it on one disc).Each song is done in long and lazy manner. There is some energetic jamming here and there, but it is mostly a laid back album. Each of the musicians gets a chance to stretch out and the album is filled with one great jam after another on all sorts of instruments. If you like the tight radio hits, like Cisco Kid, you might not like this album. Here, Cisco Kid is played in a much looser style. A similar album in style to this would be Chicago Live at Carnagie Hall (only without the soul and Latin influences)."
Absolute Classic !!!
Duane Freeman | Siloam Springs, AR | 06/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having been familiar with War from some of their commercial hits(Lowrider,etc.), I was curious when I came across this album on vinyl at a used record shop about ten years ago. Being a lover of live music I bought the album and hastily went home and dropped it on my turntable. This one of the most powerfully played live sets ever made. "Cisco Kid" and "Slipping Into Darkness" give listeners a dose of thick basslines and excellent instrumentation, purely high intensity funk/rock at its best. These two songs both exceed ten minutes in length and are worth the price of purchasing the CD alone. That being said, the shorter songs can't quite measure up, but they make for good listening none the less(check out "All Day Music"). The decade of the 70's brought us some great live albums by artists like Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King. This album easily ranks among them."
A REAL declaration of WAR!!!!
Darryl Flemming | 02/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off...the very sparse intro,as done by E.Rodney Jones from the long ago defunct WVON(1450 AM/Chicago),for this spectacular high-energy live set zoomed me back to my childhood. That radio station was at the entire forefront of Black radio on Chicago's South & West sides during the late 60's and well into the 70's. The sonic interplay and virtuosic performances from each WAR-rior
shall leave you stunned and amazed (as it has me!!). I get the same thrill from hearing this double disc package as when one of my older brothers put this classic on his Pioneer turntable some 30 years ago! An absolute MUST have for that true WAR impressario. When I saw 'WAR-LIVE' pop up on my screen,I was compelled to claim my very own copy BEFORE they were painfully sold out. If the early studio offerings of this gritty n'earthy septet turns you on...do yourself (and your REAL urban music collection)a favor,BUY THIS PRODUCT!!"