The Best of Eric Burdon & War
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- Released: March 28, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Avenue Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The cream of War's output recorded during Burdon's brief, but productive, stint with the group! Includes the 1970 classic, "Spill The Wine."
- 1.Magic Mountain
- 2.Spill The Wine
- 3.Tobacco Road
- 4.Mother Earth
- 5.Love Is All Around
- 6.Home Dream
- 7.Bare Back Ride
- 8.Nights In White Satin
- 9.Beautiful New Born Child
- 10.Paint It Black
- 11.They Can't Take Away Our Music
- 13.Home Cookin'
Eric Burdon & War: Eric Burdon (vocals, percussion); Howard Scott (vocals, guitar); Charles Miller (vocals, flute, alto, tenor, baritone & saxophones, percussion); Lee Oskar (vocals, harmonica); Lonnie Jordan (vocals, piano, organ); B.B. Dickerson (vocals, bass); Harold Brown (vocals, drums, percussion); Papa Dee Allen (vocals, conga, bongos, percussion).
Additional personnel: Sharone Scott, The Beautiful New Born Children Of Southern California.
Includes liner notes by Barry Alfonso.
Personnel: Eric Burdon (vocals, percussion); Howard Scott (vocals, guitar); Charles Miller (vocals, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion); Lee Oskar (vocals, harmonica); Lonnie Jordan (vocals, piano, organ); Harold Brown (vocals, drums, percussion); Papa Dee Allen (vocals, congas, bongos, percussion); B.B. Dickerson (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Barry Alfonso.
Editor: Mic Holwin.
Latter-day fans of War's more commercially successful later singles, including the classic "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" may be unaware that the band was originally formed as a new project for British-born R&B/pop singer Eric Burdon after the dissolution of the Animals. Burdon hired a black L.A. funk band, added Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar, and released two groundbreaking, if occasionally somewhat self-indulgent albums at the end of the '60s: ERIC BURDON DECLARES WAR and THE BLACK MAN'S BURDON.
Despite an unexpected Top 10 hit with the first album's intoxicating "Spill the Wine," the collaboration didn't last, and as Burdon left for a spotty solo career, War coalesced into one of the tightest funk ensembles of the '70s. This 13-track compilation distills those two Eric Burdon and War albums into a satisfying single album set.
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