Thursday, February 10, 2022

War, “All Day Music”

Listen for those beautiful five-part (!!) vocal harmonies on “all day” starting at 0:39.

Such a groove. 

Maybe listen one mo’ time. Life is short, enjoy it!

One of those relaxing-yet-energizing songs that literally always sounds right and fits the mood, at least for me.

Even better, this live performance — with plugged-in instruments and microphones and everything! — from Soul Train.

Tunes like this (from 1971) are a great example of what made the early 70’s one of the absolute peaks of the rock era. It sounds real and honest, the type of music that band with those musicians wanted to make at that time with their unique creative powers, with zero interference from nosy do-nothing record company dipshits. 

This was a time when the really good A&R guys at record companies knew how to get out of the way and let creative people create. That time would be mostly over within 5-10 years.

The album — also titled “All Day Music” — was their first release after Eric Burdon left the band, and started quite a run — their next album “The World is a Ghetto” spawned 2 big hit singles (the title track plus “Cisco Kid”, hitting #3 and #2 respectively) and became the top-selling album of 1973, and was named Album of the Year by Billboard. 

War's discography is pretty impressive during their 1970's run and includes their biggest hits like “Spill the Wine” with Eric Burdon and “Cisco Kid”, “Low Rider”, and “The World is a Ghetto" (another favorite) and the band definitely created their own unique sound, combining funk, soul, and jazz and creating pop hits with it.