Eric Burdon Declares “War” – 1970

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!

All tracks written by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, Eric Burdon, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott) except where noted. Note: Memphis Slim composed music under the name of Peter Chatman which was actually his father’s name; on the original album the composer credit is misprinted as “P. Chapman”

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