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Coming out of Los Angeles in the early '70s, War (originally Eric Burdon and War) had an unusual, genre-blending sound that was unlike any other. Bringing together raw funk, jazz, rock, and reggae -- not to mention a fantastic live show -- they racked up a slew of hit singles and chart-topping albums, and were hugely influential to an entire generation of listeners and future musicians. Though they continued to record with varying line-ups throughout the ‘80s, their best and most commercially successful work is represented here, drawing on the hits from roughly 1970 through 1977. Even if you're not familiar with the group, odds are you know at least a few of these songs, as they've been recycled repeatedly in advertisements, soundtracks, and hip-hop samples over the years. Everything on here is essential, especially crossover favorites like "Low Rider," "The Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends," and "All Day Music."

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timeless master piece this album defines what music intents to do bring people together and feel good

WAR touches the soul

War one of the greatest groups of all. No matter what's your etchiticy WAR touches the soul of the people. Your IPOD is not complete without it

What an album!!!

Keep on thinking 'well this is my favorite' until the next one plays. Love em all. This is happy music.


Formed: 1969 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most popular funk groups of the '70s, War were also one of the most eclectic, freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock influences into an effortlessly funky whole. Although War's lyrics were sometimes political in nature (in keeping with their racially integrated lineup), their music almost always had a sunny, laid-back vibe emblematic of their Southern California roots. War kept the groove loose, and they were given over to extended jamming; in fact, many of their studio...
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