War were one of a whole raft of bands who rode the Funk wave initiated by Sly Stone - multi cultural, using a raft of influences from Jazz and Rock, but remaining rooted in R&B. The Latin influence raised War above their peers though, and having made their breakthrough with the monster "World is a Ghetto" album, they sustained their career right through into the 80's.
All of their best known tunes are here, from the early mellow grooves of "All Day Music" to the pumping "Me and Baby Brother", from disco era "Galaxy" to "Youngblood" from their obligatory soundtrack and from the harmonica led "Cisco Kid" to their Latin classic "Low Rider".
There is one gripe though, there are a few tracks which have been savagely edited, in the process losing much of their magic. So the jazzy opus "City Country City", the breakthrough track "World is a Ghetto" and the atmospheric "Gypsy Man", all of which came in over 10 minutes on the original albums, become pale imitations of their full versions.
If this is your first real taste of War, or if you're getting this for the tracks you've danced to, you'll be well pleased with your purchase. For real fans, there is a re-release of their classic albums due in 2008, which will be well worth waiting for.