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Evolutionary
     

Evolutionary

by War
 
Though War have been a consistent touring entity in the 21st century, they haven't released an album of new studio material since 1994's Peace Sign. During the silence, four of its original five members left to form the Lowrider Band, with only lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lonnie Jordan remaining. (Conceptualist, arranger,

Overview

Though War have been a consistent touring entity in the 21st century, they haven't released an album of new studio material since 1994's Peace Sign. During the silence, four of its original five members left to form the Lowrider Band, with only lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lonnie Jordan remaining. (Conceptualist, arranger, co-songwriter, and co-producer Jerry Goldstein also remains part of the equation.) Musically, the studio group behind Jordan continues to meld funk, jazz, soul, Latin, and rock. Set-opener "That L.A. Sunshine" is a different tune from their iconic "L.A. Sunshine," but the title's reference is deliberate. This is a smooth, contemporary, jazzy funk number, with bright, breezy overtones; it's well-chosen as a single. The USC Trojan Marching Band lend syncopated, chunky brass to the bottom, and L.A. Fats adds a guest rap. A bonus version adds Cheech & Chong in classic dialogue style to the mix. The Tower of Power Horns and Eagles' guitarist Joe Walsh aid the band on "Mamacita," a knotty fusion of cumbian funk and reggae. There are two medleys here. The first is a lengthy, jazz-funk jam that features a previously unrecorded composition by the original band -- "It's Our Right " -- with a new tune -- Funky Tonk" -- an instrumental tag written by Jordan and Goldstein, grafted on and stretching it to over nine minutes. It's the best cut here. The latter combines a cover of Norman Whitfield's and Barrett Strong's classic Motown hit "War" to "War After War (A Soldier's Story)," with rapper Malik Yusef delivering the narrative above the timeless chorus. "Outer Space" makes liberal use of dubwise tactics, but Jordan's soulful vocal and acoustic piano are enhanced by them. "This Funky Music" borrows the organ swell of "Slipping Into Darkness" as an intro and contains a hip, synth bassline. Evolutionary is an attempt by Jordan and Goldstein to jumpstart War. [The budget-priced set comes packaged with a thoroughly remastered version of War's initial (and platinum-selling) Greatest Hits album making its first appearance on CD. Its ten tracks are worth the purchase price for anyone who doesn't yet have them.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2014
Label:
Avenue Records
UPC:
0602537794546
catalogNumber:
002052902
Rank:
39367

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

War   Primary Artist
Cheech & Chong   Dialogue
Tower of Power   Horn
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lonnie Jordan   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Hammond B3
U.S.C. Trojan Marching Band   Performing Ensemble
Stanley Behrens   Harmonica
Jerry Goldstein   Background Vocals
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Sharon Perry   Choir, Chorus
Stuart Ziff   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Fernando Harkless   Saxophone
Mitch Kashmar   Harmonica
Malik Yusef   Background Vocals,Rap
Lorraine Perry   Choir, Chorus
Slo Mo   Rap
Kumasi   Rap
USC Marching Band   Performing Ensemble
Scott Sapcariu   Background Vocals
David Urquidi   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Background Vocals
Salvador Rodriguez   Drums,Background Vocals
Carolyn Perry McCollaun   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tara J. King   Background Vocals
Rena Briggs   Background Vocals
Marcos Reyes   Percussion,Conga
L.A. Fats   Rap
Guillermo " Roland Banks" Ramirez   Drums

Technical Credits

War   Producer
Lee Oskar   Composer,Concept
Lonnie Jordan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Papa Dee Allen   Composer
Ed Barton   Engineer
Joel Brandes   Management
Harold Brown   Composer
B.B. Dickerson   Composer
Jerry Goldstein   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Huston   Producer,Engineer
Howard Scott   Composer,Producer
Jerome Thornton   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Charles Miller   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Malik Yusef   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Sylvester Allen   Composer
Francisco "Pancho" Tomaselli   Composer
Frank Lucas   Composer
Fred Bohlander   Management
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Damon Ranger   Composer
Jill Ettinger   Marketing
Jordan Stilwell   Programming,Engineer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer
Kumasi   Composer
Chris Bolden   Composer,Instrumentation
John King   Composer
Drew Correa   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Scott Sapcariu   Executive Producer,drum programming
Sal "Lazyboi" Asad   Composer,Producer
David Urquidi   Composer
Rockford Area Arts Council   Composer
GrindxGlory   Composer
Salvador Rodriguez   Composer
Tara J. King   Composer
Guillermo " Roland Banks" Ramirez   Composer
Golden Bolden   Producer
Craig Nelson   Illustrations

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