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Thursday, September 4, 2008

War Discography

Veterans of the Californian west coast circuit, the core of War's line-up were:

Leroy 'Lonnie' Jordan (b. 21st November 1948, San Diego, California, U.S.A.; keyboards)

Howard Scott (b. 15th March 1946, San Pedro, California, U.S.A.; guitar)

Charles Miller (b. 2nd June 1939, Olathe, Kansas, U.S.A., d. 1980; flute, saxophone)

Morris 'B.B.' Dickerson (b. 3rd August 1949, Torrence, California, U.S.A.; bass)

Papa Dee Allen (b. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A. ; percussion)

and Harold Brown (b. 17th March 1946, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.; drums)

A revolutionary band that combined elements of soul, rock, funk, jazz and latin influences and knocked down a variety of barriers with its multi-cultural line-up, War established itself over its nearly 40 year existence as one of the most important and influential bands of the rock era.

A street band formed out of the rubble of multiple groups playing around the rough Compton section of Los Angeles, War was discovered by veteran rock producer Jerry Goldstein and Animals leader Eric Burdon while backing L.A. Rams defensive lineman Deacon Jones as he sang at a nightclub. Goldstein and Burdon were blown away by the young group and invited them to serve as Burdon's backing band for a conceptual album called Eric Burdon Declares War. The disc highlighted the band's funky, raw rhythms behind Burdon's psychedelic poetry, resulting in a popular album and a hot single, "Spill The Wine." The group at that time included Lonnie Jordan, European harmonica player Lee Oskar, Charles Miller, B.B. Dickerson, Harold Brown, Papa Dee Allen and Howard Scott.

While still backing Burdon, War also signed a separate recording contract with UA and began a career as a fronting band. As the work with Burdon faded in the early 70s, the band's career blossomed, particularly with the release of its sophomore disc, All Day Music, which went to #1 based on the hit title track and "Slippin Into Darkness." From 1971-77 War was at the top of the music world, with its brand of raw, funky, almost unclassifiable music being the perfect contrast to the increasingly slick sounds of that decade. The group's albums all went Top 5 and they scored on the charts with singles like "Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Low Rider" and "The World Is A Ghetto."

Toward the latter 70s, the group displayed increased tendencies for long improvisational jams and seemed a bit lost with the arrival of the disco era even as they continued to churn out albums with great frequency. They landed a small dance hit in 1978 with "Galaxy," but their popularity had faded significantly by the end of the decade.

In the early 80s the group signed with RCA and released Outlaw, its biggest and most accessible album in a half decade. However, the follow-up, Life (Is So Strange) was critically and commercially a step down, despite its excellent title track.

By the mid-80s, War was exclusively a touring band, albeit a nearly tireless one, performing in excess of 150 shows per year. Personnel changes increased over the next two decades, with Jordan being the only constant and with over 30 other players rotating through the band. Oskar, the second most visible member of the group, was gone by the mid 90s and later formed a competing group with former War members Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson and Howard Scott called the Original Lowrider Band.

Though the band recorded only one more time, 1994's Peace Sign, War's legacy only increased as a new generation of hip-hop performers sampled the band's catalog liberally and fans gained an increased appreciation for the organic, funky sound that War had introduced decades earlier. The band's influence in the 21st century is as strong as it has ever been and the freshness and relevancy of its music three decades after initial release is amazing.

By Chris Rizik




  • Eric Burdon & War - Live At Royal Albert Hall (2CD, London 2008)
  • Eric Burdon & War ft. Jimi Hendrix (2CD, London 1970)
  • Eric Burdon & War - Live in Germany (Bootleg, Offenbach 1971)

- includes a 16 minute live version of "Gypsy Man"
  • "Low Rider" - Arthur Baker Remixes
  • Eric Burdon - "Soul of a Man" (2006)

Thanks to G.Point.66 for many contributions ...


zand said...

War Live! (United Artists 1974)

zand said...

Galaxy (MCA 1977)

Anonymous said...

thanks Zand,

FYI: sendspace only has a 30 day hosting limit, then the file is deleted.

zand said...

1983 - Life (Is So Strange)

zand said...

1970 - Eric Burdon & War - The Black-Man's Burdon

Anonymous said...

thanks again zand

Simon666 said...

Hi guys,
spent an hour trying to search out missing albums. No luck there, but added :

- some compilations
- a few miscellaneous things
- some alternate FLAC links

Zen Tiger said...

Very cool! thanks for the hard work that's gone into compiling this.

zand said...

Eric Burdon & War - Love Is All Around (1976)
password: matt-o-rach

It is not my link.

Simon666 said...

Thanks for pointing out that one Zand.
I've actually now added a blog link for that one instead, just so people can get info on the album as well.

zand said...

The Music Band 2 (MCA 1979)

Simon666 said...

Thanks Zand, I've added your link.

manny said...

amazing blog thank you

Anonymous said...

Please, the ZShare is in trouble and I can not download the album "The Music Band 2". Could post by Rapidshare please? Thanks!

jcmoss33 said...

I am consolidating my records into my iTunes and this just made my job MUCH easier!!! Thanks for all of your hard work. War is timeless music...for real!


alexodus said...

Hey I can fill in a few. peace sign,grooves & messages.
I also would like to get the music band. How do I do both?

Anonymous said...

sure send me an email and I will explain it to you.

Anonymous said...

I used to see a record in the '70's that had an octagon-shaped cover that looked like a stop sign. I think it said Stop War. I think it was an early WAR record. Does anyone know which one that was?

Simon666 said...

Added a link for
The Music Band (MCA 1979)
which has just been posted by Pretoria at Funkydisposition :

Also ZAND, Pretoria from Funkydisposition was hoping to get 'The Music Band 2". Because Zshae is dead, could you possibly re-post on Rapidshare or Mediafire?
Many thanks,

Anonymous said...

WAR - The Music Band 2 (MCA 1979) Please re-Up Zand Thank in advance

zand said...

WAR - The Music Band 2

Simon666 said...

Big thanks for all your uploads and RE-uploads Zand, deeply appreciated :)

Anonymous said...

I thank you warmly for your contribution and all the gems available to add Here
War - The Music Band LIVE - 1980 @ 320 Lp


Simon666 said...

Thanks Pretoria!
I'll rip "peace Sign" when I get some time ...

Simon666 said...

OK ...
all My Fsvourite Sound and Funky Disposition links re-directed

Simon666 said...

Where There's Smoke (Coco Plum 1984)

Mr. Moo said...

Grooves & Messages - The Greatest Hits (1999):

Simon666 said...

Thanks Mr. Moo!

Anonymous said...


1000000 thanx, is so hard to found this compilations....

Anonymous said...

Eric Burdon - I'm Ready - The unrealeased Eric Burdon Vol 2
on blog:

Anonymous said...

Eric Burdon - Soul of a Man - 2006
mp3@320 CBR Stereo + covers

1 Soul of a Man — Johnson 4:16
2 Kingsize Jones — Holiday, Wood 3:34
3 Red Cross Store — McDowell 4:18
4 Como Se Llama Mama — Heron, Sutton 3:39
5 Forty Days and Forty Nights — Roth 3:00
6 Feeling Blue — Bibb, Boström 4:48
7 Never Give Up Blues — Munyon 4:13
8 GTO — Munyon 5:33
9 Forty-Four — Burnett 4:30
10 Slow Moving Train — Keller 5:26
11 Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down — Bibb, Hoglund 4:55
12 Devil Run — Brundrick 3:21
13 I Don't Mind — Bundrick 5:27
14 Circuit Rider — Anderson, Prodaniuk, Raven ... 3:44

Simon666 said...

Thanks annonymous!

Anonymous said...

Not at all, Simon666 ...

G.Point.66 said...

Thanks for your work & shares. Here's what I found:

War - The Best Of War And More (1991)

War - The Best Of War And More Volume 2 (1996)

War - Grooves & Messages: The Greatest Hits Of War (2CD, 1999)

War - Greatest Hits Live (2CD, 2008)

War - Peace Sign (1994)
pw = war1994sfjhs
NB. this is an AIO.mp3+cuesheet

War - The Music Band Jazz (1983)

War - The Music Band 2 (1979)

Eric Burdon & War - Live At Royal Albert Hall (Bootleg, 2CD, London 2008)

Eric Burdon & War ft. Jimi Hendrix (Bootleg, 2CD, London 1970)

Eric Burdon & War - Live in Germany (Bootleg, Offenbach 1971)

Keep on doing that good work !

Simon666 said...

big thanks G.Point.66, we need more visitors like you!
All linked up :)

G.Point.66 said...

and finally ...

War - The Music Band (1979)

War - The Music Band Live (1980)

War - Platinum Jazz (1977)

enjoy & have a good time !

Simon666 said...

Thanks again G.Point.66! All linked up :)

Dusan G. Vojvodic said...

any chance for "Outlaw" "Jazz Music Bnad" in some lossless?
Or "Peace sign"..

keti said...

Take the time to visit the me , and say that the change in design and meniu?

Anonymous said...

hello im a bit late.. any chance to reup? :) many thanks MissMusic

joanofark06 said...

It's 2018, and most of those links above don't work anymore. I am looking for The Best Of War...And More, or any discography of them. Can anyone help?

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