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on 5 February 2009
If, like me, you've looked at this album and thought "Whe-hey, an 8 minute plus version of the original 'Low Rider' and a 10 minute plus version of the 80's remix" - well, think again. Both versions are the ones released as singles (a sniff over 3 minutes for both of 'em.) This is, to put it mildly, a massive disappointment. God knows who's to blame but someone needs to adjust the track time listing before other people waste their dosh. Enough said...
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on 8 August 2004
The music of War sounds invariably recalls a sticky summer day in LA for me. Their sound was fairly progressive for the 1970's: combining latin sounds, jazz, funk, and rock. They racked up an array of great hits in the US during the 1970's, first as the backup band for Animal's lead singer Eric Burdon and then on their own. The majority of their hits are here, including the Top 10 songs "Spill the Wine" (#3 in 1970), "The Cisco Kid" (#2 in 1973), ""Why Can't We Be Friends?" (#6 in 1975), "Low Rider" (#7 in 1975), and "Summer" (#7 in 1976). These songs are venerable enough to be "oldies," but they sound astonishingly current. Unsurprisingly, these songs have been sampled by numerous acts and used in numerous movies, perhaps most recently "21 Grams."
Unfortunately, this collection omits two of their biggest and best songs: "The World is a Ghetto" (#7 in 1973) and "Gypsy Man" (#8 in 1973). If a band has seven Top 10 singles, all of those songs should be on their greatest hits collection! The CD also culminates on a low-note - a 1987 remix by Arthur Baker of "Low Rider." You might not recognize that name, but you'll recognize Baker's sound; he scored such 80's movie as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and he injects the remix with an unhealthy dose of 80's cheese.
War never scored any hits in the UK, so many people may not be familiar with their music; checking it out is definitely worthwhile. Ultimately, this anthology is arguably the best single-disk compilation of War's music although with some serious flaws. Casual fans will probably be satisfied, but others should seek out one of their double-disk collections.
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on 8 January 2003
Yes, along with Abba and the "Moulin Rouge" soundtracks, "The Best of War...and More" follows the strategy of having MOST of the best songs on the first album and then somehow forgetting to include one of the big hits so that (surprise) there is a Volume 2 that you are tempted to purchase. As others have noticed, what is missing is "The World Is A Ghetto," and because of that we must dock this album a star. But aside from that, this collection gets off to a great start with some obscure song (one of the "more" that is not the "best") and then "Low Rider," "The Cisco Kid," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Me and Baby Brother" in sequential order, with "Spill the Wine" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" to come. War always seemed like something of a fringe group to me, but those half-dozen songs are pretty good. There is also a remix version of "Low Rider" for those who have a compelling need to have something "new" on a hits collection. Yes, this album would be perfect if they had left out the more and included the rest of the best, but you can get this one without feeling guilty. Volume 2 is where you are going to have that problem.
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on 17 May 2016
An album from my era ( I'm about 50 ! ) .I enjoyed it .`
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on 24 December 2015
Some good funk.
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on 23 July 2014
Great
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on 15 February 2015
good
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