Grooves & Messages: Greatest Hits of War

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
War has long been a musical melting pot -- black, white, and Hispanic musicians rocking out on funk grooves sweetened with soul sensuality, hippie escapism, and political awareness. At their best, they celebrated everyday life on the streets of East L.A. in odes to cruising around, hanging out, and otherwise making the best of the realities of urban life during tough times. This essential two-CD set opens with the group's 1970 hit with former Animal Eric Burdon, "Spill the Wine," and goes on to spin the hits -- "The World Is a Ghetto," "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Summer," "Low Rider" -- all classics in their own right. Put on the first disc of this two-CD set and you'll ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
War has long been a musical melting pot -- black, white, and Hispanic musicians rocking out on funk grooves sweetened with soul sensuality, hippie escapism, and political awareness. At their best, they celebrated everyday life on the streets of East L.A. in odes to cruising around, hanging out, and otherwise making the best of the realities of urban life during tough times. This essential two-CD set opens with the group's 1970 hit with former Animal Eric Burdon, "Spill the Wine," and goes on to spin the hits -- "The World Is a Ghetto," "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Summer," "Low Rider" -- all classics in their own right. Put on the first disc of this two-CD set and you'll hear something pretty special: the sound of the greatest stoner band on the planet developing into a hot, Gap Band-style funk unit on late-'70s tunes like "Galaxy 2000" and "Outlaw." The second, a collection of eight remixes by various house artists, is interesting but less compelling -- falling short when these modern interpretations can't quite match the power of War's immortal soul.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Grooves & Messages is another compilation from Rhino that recycles War's greatest hits and, like the previous collections, it contains most of the hits, but not all of them. The difference is, it actually has all the Top 10 pop hits and the majority of the Top 10 R&B hits only "LA Sunshine" is missing, and it's sequenced in chronological order -- two important elements that were absent on The Best of War and its sequel, The Best of War & More, Vol. 2. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? The problem is, Grooves & Messages contains a bonus disc of remixes. There are a couple of big-name mixers here, including Armand Van Helden and Ganja Kru, but none of the mixes are of any interest. Furthermore, the casual fans that will want the first disc will have little use for the second. Still, that first disc is the best, most concise collection of War hits on the market, and Grooves & Messages is a specially priced double-disc set, so it may be worth the time of some casual fans, those willing to spend a little bit more to get a good hits collection. However, it would have been nicer if the first disc was available individually.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2000
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 743216677924
  • Catalog Number: 66779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon (4:06)
  2. 2 Tobacco Road - Eric Burdon (6:30)
  3. 3 All Day Music (3:58)
  4. 4 Slippin' into Darkness (6:58)
  5. 5 The World Is a Ghetto (4:03)
  6. 6 The Cisco Kid (4:27)
  7. 7 City, Country, City (4:00)
  8. 8 Gypsy Man (5:23)
  9. 9 Me and Baby Brother (3:36)
  10. 10 Why Can't We Be Friends? (3:47)
  11. 11 Low Rider (3:10)
  12. 12 Summer (6:36)
  13. 13 Galaxy 2000 (4:00)
  14. 14 Outlaw (3:59)
  15. 15 You Got the Power (4:02)
  16. 16 East L.A. (5:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Slippin' into Darkness (8:46)
  2. 2 Low Rider (7:44)
  3. 3 Galaxy 2000 (7:56)
  4. 4 Outlaw (6:48)
  5. 5 You Got the Power (5:47)
  6. 6 The World Is a Ghetto (4:16)
  7. 7 Why Can't We Be Friends? (3:45)
  8. 8 Tobacco Road - Eric Burdon (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
War Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
José Feliciano Track Performer
Lee Oskar Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Lonnie Jordan Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Timbales, Vocals
Eric Burdon Percussion, Vocals, Track Performer
Papa Dee Allen Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Vocals
William Bergman Saxophone
Harold Brown Percussion, Drums, Vocals
B.B. Dickerson Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Milton Myrick Background Vocals
Luther Rabb Bass, Vocals
Pat Rizzo Flute, Saxophone, Vocals
Howard Scott Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Greg Smith Saxophone
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
James Coile Saxophone
Charles Miller Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals
Debbie Moman Background Vocals
John Berry Jr. Trumpet
Technical Credits
War Composer, Producer
Lee Oskar Composer
Lonnie Jordan Composer, Producer
Thomas Allen Composer
Papa Dee Allen Composer
Ed Barton Engineer
Andrew Berliner Engineer
Harold Brown Composer
B.B. Dickerson Composer
Rick Essig Mastering
John Fischbach Engineer
Bruce Garfield Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Artwork
Larry Goetz Engineer
Jerry Goldstein Composer, Producer
Ron Hammon Composer
Chris Huston Producer, Engineer
Matt Hyde Programming
Richard Moore Engineer
Luther Rabb Composer
Howard Scott Composer
Rae Valentine Programming, Drum Fills
Charles Miller Composer
Armand Van Helden Remixing
Dave Collins Mastering
Orinoko Remixing
The Ganja Kru Remixing
Morris Dickerson Composer
Sylvester Allen Composer
Glenn Stone Art Direction
Plump DJs Remixing
Soundprops Remixing
Dee Allen Composer
L. O. Levitin Composer
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