• War
    (Island Records  1976  ILPS9164)
    Matrix No's: A1/B1 - UK Pressing

    Sleeve in Good+ condition
    - some wear to edges/corners, sticker mark in top right corner - back cover has a large tear across the top left corner

    Vinyl in Very Good+ condition
    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl which do give pops/crackles but sound quality is Excellent overall)

    War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk band from Long Beach, California, known for the hit songs "Spill the Wine", "The World Is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", "Low Rider", and "Summer". Formed in 1969, War was a musical crossover band which fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. Their album The World Is a Ghetto was the best-selling album of 1973. The band also transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. War was also subject to many line-up changes over the course of its formation, leaving member Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan as the only original member in the current line-up; four other members created a new group called the Lowrider Band.

    War is the third album by funk group War, or their first following the departure of singer Eric Burdon and the group's name change from the original: Eric Burdon and War. It was released in April 1971 on United Artists Records, their first for the label.

    The album did not gain much attention upon release, but sales and critical acclaim picked up after their subsequent hit albums throughout the 1970s, the next appearing later in 1971. One single was taken from the album: "Lonely Feelin'" backed with "Sun Oh Son", which did not chart. Of the other songs, "War Drums" includes a chant of the band's name and appears to be an attempt at a group theme song; and "Fidel's Fantasy" generated some controversy over its spoken word monologue criticizing Fidel Castro.

    Track listing

    All tracks composed by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott). The album notes also mention that Hilton Valentine (of The Animals) helped with the lyrics to "Back Home".

    Side one

    1. "Sun Oh Son" – 5:57
    2. "Lonely Feelin'" – 4:31
    3. "Back Home" – 6:42

    Side two

    1. "War Drums" – 3:52
    2. "Vibeka" – 8:03
    3. "Fidel's Fantasy" – 11:03


    • "Papa" Dee Allen – conga, bongos, percussion, vocals (monologue on "Fidel's Fantasy")
    • Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
    • B.B. Dickerson – bass, vocals (lead on "Sun Oh Son")
    • Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, percussion, vocals (lead on "Lonely Feelin'")
    • Charles Miller – flute, alto sax, baritone sax, tenor sax, percussion, vocals (lead on "Back Home")
    • Lee Oskar – harmonica, vocals
    • Howard Scott – guitar, percussion, vocals
    • Jerry Goldstein – producer
    • Chris Huston – engineer

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    • Product Code: ILPS9164
    • Availability: In Stock
    • £5.99

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