This was great debut album from War - moving Eric a long way away from his psychedelic stuff with the second incarnation of The Animals. This is deep, drawling, dark blues - smokey rooms, deep south and late night after hours music. Eric's vocal is everything you'd expect but the wailing harmonica and moody sax give these numbers a chocolatey depth. The piano\keyboards are insistent and persistent. The AfroCuban rhythms and Brass sections and gospel choirs - oh it's all too much!
This isn't guitar based blues but it's certainly blues none the less. It's ballsy and brassy and dripping with love and sincerity. The tribute to Roland Kirk is beautiful. Tobacco Road is a million miles from the Nashville Teens original version but that's its magic even at 12 minutes long. It's both familiar and alien at the same time - like everything else on the album. The production values are top quality, not something that can be said of many of Eric's offerings.
Suspect this would fulfil a niche in most peoples collections that just isn't represented elsewhere. House of the Rising Sun or Don't let me be Misunderstood this isn't (thank the Lord)but it's still an excellent timeless listen. You've got to come back to Mother Earth!!