War

War

Profile:
Funk group that started life in the early 1970s in Southern California, They formed out of the ashes of an earlier R&B covers group, The Creators (who also recorded as The Romeos and Senor Soul), initially naming themselves Nightshift before producer Jerry Goldstein discovered them and gave them a more distinctive name.

Their initial recordings were collaborations with Eric Burdon of English group The Animals, notably their first album 'Eric Burdon Declares "War"'. They later signed to United Artists and began releasing material on their own. Their first album was not a big success but their popularity was growing and later albums were very successful. They peaked commercially in the mid-70s with their Number 1 hit 'Low Rider'. Four members of the classic lineup from the 1970s have formed a new band (for legal reasons) called Lowrider Band.

Things started to go downhill for the group in the late 70s when bassist B.B. Dickerson left and another member, Charles Miller, was murdered. Various line-up changes followed but the original magic was lost and the group were not as successful, eventually becoming just a touring act.

A new generation has since discovered the music of War as they have been heavily sampled by hip-hop artists. The band continues to tour, although with only one of the original members.

The other original members now play as the "Lowrider Band " however due to legal restrictions they are not even allowed to advertise themselves as former members of the band.
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War Discography

Albums

War All Day Music (Album) United Artists Records, Far Out US 1971 Sell This Version
War War (Album) United Artists Records, Far Out US 1971 Sell This Version
War The World Is A Ghetto (Album) United Artists Records US 1972 Sell This Version
War Deliver The Word (Album) United Artists Records US 1973 Sell This Version
War War Live (Album) United Artists Records Germany 1973 Sell This Version
UA-LA193-J2 War War Live(2xLP, Gat) United Artists Records UA-LA193-J2 US 1973 Sell This Version
War Why Can't We Be Friends? (Album) United Artists Records US 1975 Sell This Version
War Galaxy (Album) MCA Records Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
War Platinum Funk (Album, Comp) Island Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
War Youngblood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) United Artists Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
War The Music Band (Album) MCA Records, Far Out South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
War The Music Band 2 (Album) MCA Records US 1979 Sell This Version
War The Music Band Live (Comp, Album) MCA Records Canada 1980 Sell This Version
KOA 14391 War War And Peace 'Slippin' Into Darkness'(LP, Album) Koala (3) KOA 14391 US 1980 Sell This Version
War Outlaw (Album) RCA Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
War Life (Is So Strange) (Album) RCA Victor US 1983 Sell This Version
War The Music Band Jazz (Album) MCA Records Italy 1983 Sell This Version
War Where There's Smoke (Album) Coco Plum US 1985 Sell This Version
War On Fire (Album) Thunderbolt UK 1987 Sell This Version
Willie Bobo / LAPD (2) / Jimmy Witherspoon / Gene Ammons, War Willie Bobo / LAPD (2) / Jimmy Witherspoon / Gene Ammons, War - Live At The Watts Jazz Festival - Volume 1 (Album) Avenue Jazz US 1993 Sell This Version
War Peace Sign (Album) Avenue Records US 1994 Sell This Version
B0020529-02 War Evolutionary (2xCD) UMe B0020529-02 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
SO 2017 War The Other Side Of War Warms Your Heart(2xLP, Album) Soufflé Records SO 2017 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

War Get Down / All Day Music (Single) United Artists Records Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
War Sun Oh Son (Single) United Artists Records US 1971 Sell This Version