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The Very Best of War

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War 7/15/2003

Review

There really are more War best-of packages than the situation warrants, and while the double-CD The Very Best of War is a fine compilation if you don't already have one in your collection, it's questionable whether it was a necessary addition to the band's discography. For one thing, it doesn't differ all that much from the previous two-CD War best-of on Rhino, Anthology (1970-1994). Sure, each has a few tracks not on the other, but both are built around their lengthy string of big hits. Even Barry Alfonso's accompanying essay was adapted from the liner notes to Anthology (1970-1994). Still, this does have all of the big chart hits and a few minor ones, as well as standout album tracks from throughout the 1970s and early '80s that illustrate the band's versatility. Reading the small print on the track listings, it's revealed that half a dozen of these cuts are edits that either appear here for the first time or were only available on previous anthologies or imports. Additionally, almost a dozen of the other tracks are the edited single versions, though it's unlikely many collectors or fans will be either excited or piqued by differences between these and other available variations. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Spill the Wine Eric Burdon 4:50
  3. 2 Tobacco Road War 3:51
  4. 3 All Day Music War 3:56
  5. 4 Slippin' into Darkness War 3:41
  6. 5 Get Down War 4:23
  7. 6 Nappy Head (Theme from Ghetto Man) War 3:16
  8. 7 The World Is a Ghetto War 4:2
  9. 8 City, Country, City War 3:51
  10. 9 The Cisco Kid War 3:43
  11. 10 Where Was You At War 3:21
  12. 11 Four Cornered Room War 5:7
  13. 12 Gypsy Man War 5:19
  14. 13 Me and Baby Brother War 3:25
  15. 14 Deliver the Word War 4:34
  16. 15 Southern Part of Texas War 3:48
  17. 16 Ballero War 3:21
  18. 17 Why Can't We Be Friends? War 3:43
  19. 1 Low Rider War 3:6
  20. 2 Don't Let No One Get You Down War 3:56
  21. 3 Heartbeat War 4:4
  22. 4 Smile Happy War 4:20
  23. 5 So War 4:56
  24. 6 Summer War 3:58
  25. 7 L.A. Sunshine War 3:59
  26. 8 River Niger War 5:13
  27. 9 Galaxy War 4:41
  28. 10 Youngblood (Livin' in the Streets) War 3:58
  29. 11 I'm the One (Who Understands) War 4:45
  30. 12 Cinco de Mayo War 4:4
  31. 13 You Got the Power War 3:59
  32. 14 Outlaw War 3:57
  33. 15 Baby, It's Cold Outside War 5:49
  34. 16 Peace Sign War 4:26
  35. 17 East L.A. War 5:38

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