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Why Cant We Be Friends [Import]

War, ウォー Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B0018OAAZ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 16 May 2009
By Johnnybluetime TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This, War's fifth studio album from 1975 is the ideal soundtrack to a long hot summer day and has that loose funky feel that a lot of soul artists had developed by that time.Close in sound to The World Is A Ghetto, but with a lighter, more relaxed feel,I think it's probably my favourite. There are no great surprises on here, but their usual mix of jazzy, funky ,latino soul with a social conscience was by now honed tight enough to be loose. The track Why Can't We Be Friends is a riot that continually threatens to fall apart without ever losing its stride, likewise Heartbeat, one of my favourites.Leroy's Latin Lament runs the gamut of latino sounds from ballad to dance.The reflective Lotus Blossom and So are great soul ballads and the instrumental Smile Happy starts off laid back and suddenly takes a jazzy turn halfway through. But I guess many people will buy this album for the classic Lowrider and it is a classic and well worth the price of the album on its own. But there's really not a bad track on it.You can dance to it, you can sit around and chill to it or you can take a slow drive down to the beach and check out the girls.And if it's a really good day you might get to do all three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't we be friends 11 July 2013
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I bought this to replace my Vinyl copy of the same album. The condition of this product was first class and at a reasonable price, the trader dispatched it rapidly, a very satisfactory transaction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Can't We Be Friends - Ultimate crossover 7 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is the first of War's to really successfully transfer to commercial success. The title track and Low Rider having chart success in the US and the latter in the UK.

Whilst earlier material shows more clearly the bands root's in jazz this album shows the bands expansion into more diverse styles. The jazz influence along with the Latin sound, and the unmistakable harmonica of Lee Oskar begin to develop on 'Why Can't We Be Friends?' into the distinctive sound that would see the group through the next twenty five years. A landmark album in the evolution of the band. A must buy at any price for all fans.Why Can't We Be Friends
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make it break down to the FUNKY, FUNKY rhythm! 31 Jan 2007
By BiggO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Growing up, this was my favorite WAR album. I was actually born a year before it was released, but by the time I was about three or four, this was one of those albums that just jumped out at me...mainly because of the COVER.I think it was my favorite because as a kid, I was happy, optimistic, and innocent (like most normal kids are). This is probably the most joyous album they ever made, and it was the first War album I really connected to.

Every song is good (but that was the norm for them, by then). War was always sort of a "communal" band; no single member ever stood out above the others. In fact on this album, you get to hear 6 of the 7 members sing lead vocals on their own cuts...even LEE OSKAR (the lone exception being Papa Dee Allen...who does get a verse on the title cut).

The songs that initially grabbed my pre-K attention on this album were "Low Rider" and "Smile Happy." Everybody knows the former cut; the latter is another in a long line of great instrumental cuts. Every song is great, though. In college, "Lotus Blossom" became a song that I really loved. "So" is a beautiful, melancholy tune that could be played during a really sad scene in an old western.

If you buy this album for just one song, buy it for "Heartbeat."

By the time my father bought me my OWN copy of this album when I was about 7, "Heartbeat" became my favorite cut. It's not as well-known as the other songs on this album or any OTHER War album, but it's a BEAST!!! A deceptively simple, "proto-rap" groove featuring Harold Brown on vocals, it's been sampled a few times by hip-hoppers (one of the first groups I remember using it was Whodini in the mid-80s) and is one of those songs that any DIE-HARD fan like myself knows even though casual fans don't have a clue. I don't think I've EVER heard it on the radio...not even the college stations, but this song is at or near the top of the list of their baddest funk workouts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WW III... 27 April 2000
By yygsgsdrassil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...part III of the funkiest Trilogy ever. It has the road-dawg classic "Low Rider" and the anti-conflict ditty "Why Can't We Be Friends" and some of the best bossylatin/funk/California soul ever! You don't do better than these three Wars... per-i-od!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the 1970s 2 Jun 2010
By New England Pat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The eighth album by this popular group may be their best ever, achieving even greater popularity than their landmark album release, "The World is a Ghetto". War's instrumentals and vocals establish a nice groove for listeners with a mixture of R&B/rock fusion rhythms and mellow, soulful sounds that always satisfy. Each track is wonderful to hear, and "Heartbeat" seems to capture the group's personality, an uptempo, funky groove that bounces along and sweeps listeners along with it. Songs like "Lotus Blossom", "So", "Smile Happy" and "Low Rider" lead up to the title track which is a great way to close out the CD. This disc is a must-have for fans of 1970s soul music and of this group in particular.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Telling The People How They Feel 11 Oct 2011
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
War were one of the bands that benefited very heavily from the united funk era of the early/mid 70's. They scored enormous success on all fronts with 1972's World Is a Ghetto which built up momentum for the less heralded Deliver the Word. Those and one spirited live set later War were back in the same basic place they were in 1972. But there was a change. As occurs with most musical genres a certain level of sophistication is bound to occur. And that's what happens here to a great degree. As another reviewer pointed out War were very much a collective band where one member never dominated the spotlight,at least not for very long. It was one of the main features of funk bands during the 70's And on this album the bands very nature becomes the source of their latest development. Here vocals take a much stronger overall priority in the music than it did before,not that instrumentation still isn't at the same level. Even still it's very much people music all the way.

"Don't Let No One Get You Down" and "Lotus Blossom" both start the album out with two sophisticated midtempo funky soul ballads. A similar flavor returns later in the album with "So". But in between there's something very interesting happening. In keeping with the bands ability at instrumental jamming in a number of musical genres channeled together through funk "Leroy's Latin Lament" takes the cake-it's sophisticated balladry,afro latin funk and even mid 70's pop/rock all at once without ever sacrificing it's sense of being firmly in the groove. There's no mistaking where "Heartbeat" comes in-it's full on boogaloo funk all the way and keeps it up for more than six minutes. It's always been one of my favorite of the uptempo grooves here,even when I only had the album on vinyl. "Smile Happy" and "In Mazatlan" both have these jazzy,harmony rich effects to them with the combination of percussion with different instrumental effects. Of course there's the big hit songs. The most well known,that latin rock classic "Low Rider" and the title track,with it's witty reggae style take on dealing with racial differences is another favorite of mine,no matter how much I've heard it.

Musically speaking War wouldn't make any more records quite like this interestingly enough until the early 80's. They'd always remain one of the more individual of the original funk era bands. Very much in the spirited of Santana and Mandrill they seemed to have this certain flavor to their sound that was very much their own. All the same,especially in the slickness on some of the slower vocal numbers here the subtle changes in sound they'd undergo for the remainder of the decade does begin to show it's face. Unlike many bands who will switch styles in abrupt musical jump cuts,War had the good sense to make the transition gradually over the course of a few albums,as opposed to just getting themselves too wet in a new sound right away. Not only did it keep a lot of their listeners with them. But made the transitions seem less severe. And from my experience nothing seems to be more potentially frightening for any musicians to overcome with their audience than too severe a musical transition. And will the overall creative caliber of this album that was something War managed to avoid entirely.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "War at it's best" 25 July 2005
By J. A. Valerio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion one of the best War CD's, of course all their music is good. The sweet notes of "So", "Leroys Lament" and Mazatlan tug at your heart. "Lotus Blossom" poetic and beautiful. A must have CD for War lovers!!!!
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