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Why Can't We Be Friends?
Why Can't We Be Friends?
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Latin Music
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The title song remains the obvious hit and standout track on War's sixth album. Inspired by a fight that broke out in the audience before the group mounted the stage, "Why Can't We Be Friends?" became a Top 10 hit on both ...  more »


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All Artists: War
Title: Why Can't We Be Friends?
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Wea Japan
Release Date: 7/9/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Latin Music
Styles: Funk, Soul, Latin Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

The title song remains the obvious hit and standout track on War's sixth album. Inspired by a fight that broke out in the audience before the group mounted the stage, "Why Can't We Be Friends?" became a Top 10 hit on both R&B and pop charts, as did the followup, "Low Rider." Another highlight is "Don't Let No One Get You Down," an upbeat, self-help message song. The rest of the album focuses on War's patented East L.A. sound, heavy with percussion, spiced with staccato bursts of horns and Lee Oskar's harmonica flares, filled with optimstic lyrics and soulful vocals, and includes the extended jam of "Heartbeat." If you like the low-rider sound that War pioneered, this is a great record for cruising or partying. --Tom Vickers

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olofpalme63 | auf der flucht! | 04/02/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Why Can't We Be Friends? is best remembered more for what it wasn't. That is to say; this wasn't War as much as it was War impersonating War. Although at the height of their commercial success, War seem to be performing in a practical mode. Thus rendering the results predictable.

The campy clown band feel of Friends shows a witty, softer side of War. And even though Low Rider (no mistaking B.B.Dickerson's thumping bass here) was a hit on both sides of the Billboard charts, one can't help but think how out of place it feels on this 1975 release. Low Rider did find proper digs in Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke film and soundtrack.

Confusing and somewhat disoriented, Why Can't We Be Friends? hints at the days of disco that lie ahead. Even though the War effort seems to be winding down, Jerry and the crew cashed in on the next release (Greatest Hits). However, War would never reach these heights (commercially) in the studio again.


Make it break down to the FUNKY, FUNKY rhythm!
BiggO | Baltimore metro area | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Growing up, this was my favorite WAR album. I was actually born a year before it was released, but by the time I was about three or four, this was one of those albums that just jumped out at me...mainly because of the COVER.I think it was my favorite because as a kid, I was happy, optimistic, and innocent (like most normal kids are). This is probably the most joyous album they ever made, and it was the first War album I really connected to.

Every song is good (but that was the norm for them, by then). War was always sort of a "communal" band; no single member ever stood out above the others. In fact on this album, you get to hear 6 of the 7 members sing lead vocals on their own cuts...even LEE OSKAR (the lone exception being Papa Dee Allen...who does get a verse on the title cut).
The songs that initially grabbed my pre-K attention on this album were "Low Rider" and "Smile Happy." Everybody knows the former cut; the latter is another in a long line of great instrumental cuts. Every song is great, though. In college, "Lotus Blossom" became a song that I really loved. "So" is a beautiful, melancholy tune that could be played during a really sad scene in an old western.

If you buy this album for just one song, buy it for "Heartbeat."
By the time my father bought me my OWN copy of this album when I was about 7, "Heartbeat" became my favorite cut. It's not as well-known as the other songs on this album or any OTHER War album, but it's a BEAST!!! A deceptively simple, "proto-rap" groove featuring Harold Brown on vocals, it's been sampled a few times by hip-hoppers (one of the first groups I remember using it was Whodini in the mid-80s) and is one of those songs that any DIE-HARD fan like myself knows even though casual fans don't have a clue. I don't think I've EVER heard it on the radio...not even the college stations, but this song is at or near the top of the list of their baddest funk workouts."