Evolutionary

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Avenue Records
  • UPC: 602537794546
  • Catalog Number: 002052902
  • Sales rank: 35,927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That L.A. Sunshine - L.A. Fats (5:31)
  2. 2 Mamacita - Tower Of Power Horns (4:29)
  3. 3 It's Our Right/Funky Tonk (9:20)
  4. 4 Just Like Us (6:31)
  5. 5 Inspiration (4:15)
  6. 6 Scream Stream (5:24)
  7. 7 This Funky Music (3:23)
  8. 8 Outer Space (4:16)
  9. 9 War/War After War (A Soldier's Story) - Malik Yusef (5:16)
  10. 10 Bounce (4:21)
  11. 11 Everything (3:31)
  12. 12 It's My Life (7:57)
  13. 13 That L.A. Sunshine (5:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All Day Music (3:59)
  2. 2 Slippin' Into Darkness (3:47)
  3. 3 The World is a Ghetto (4:08)
  4. 4 The Cisco Kid (3:47)
  5. 5 Gypsy Man (5:23)
  6. 6 Me and Baby Brother (3:30)
  7. 7 Southern Part of Texas (3:53)
  8. 8 Why Can't We Be Friends? (3:48)
  9. 9 Low Rider (3:10)
  10. 10 Summer (6:39)
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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, 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 IV 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
Peter Doell Mastering
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
Kevin Reves Mastering
Guillermo " Roland Banks" Ramirez IV Composer
Golden Bolden Producer
Craig Nelson Illustrations
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