10 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

War's fifth album (and its third without singer Eric Burdon), released in late 1972, was the group's most successful. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and was named "Album of the Year" for 1973 by the magazine. Two singles—"The Cisco Kid" and an edited version of "The World Is a Ghetto"—went top 10, impressive considering how advanced and adventurous the music was. The seven-piece band wrote its songs communally, and each member was given considerable room to explore. Charles Miller's clarinet and saxophones gave War a jazzy edge on the 13-minute "City, Country, City," while the band's percussive elements—performed by everyone, but especially heightened by drummer Harold Brown and conga man Papa Dee Allen—brought a polyrhythmic sound far beyond standard-issue rock and pop music. Funk, blues, and psychedelia melt together in a definitive post-'60s vibe. "Four Cornered Room" is simply devastating. The 40th-anniversary expanded edition includes a rehearsal take of the title track and three additional jams from a band at the height of its powers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

War's fifth album (and its third without singer Eric Burdon), released in late 1972, was the group's most successful. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and was named "Album of the Year" for 1973 by the magazine. Two singles—"The Cisco Kid" and an edited version of "The World Is a Ghetto"—went top 10, impressive considering how advanced and adventurous the music was. The seven-piece band wrote its songs communally, and each member was given considerable room to explore. Charles Miller's clarinet and saxophones gave War a jazzy edge on the 13-minute "City, Country, City," while the band's percussive elements—performed by everyone, but especially heightened by drummer Harold Brown and conga man Papa Dee Allen—brought a polyrhythmic sound far beyond standard-issue rock and pop music. Funk, blues, and psychedelia melt together in a definitive post-'60s vibe. "Four Cornered Room" is simply devastating. The 40th-anniversary expanded edition includes a rehearsal take of the title track and three additional jams from a band at the height of its powers.

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