WAR – Love Is All Around (ABCD 988) (1976)

Interesting cut-out album of offcuts from Eric Burdon-era WAR, before “Slipping Into Darkness”, “The World Is A Ghetto” and “Low Rider”. Recorded at various sessions and venues during ’69 and ’70 but not released until the Bicentennial, the slinky way forward is clear, but Burdon, a fine singer, sounds like he’s about to lose the plot on the hippy dippy title track, some tired blues and, worst of all, an extended version of “A Day In the Life”. The low point of the latter can be precisely located: when Eric sings “the Chinese [sic] Army had just won the war” and the band plays the brief melody used by boneheaded Occidentals to signify something Oriental (you know, the one that opens “Turning Japanese”), though the peppy “Woke up, fell out of bed…” bit and “Turn on” sections are both pretty dreadful. The cowbell makes a welcome appearance on a lengthy and frenetic Latin-tinged “Paint It, Black” cover–far more appropriate for Burdon’s persona and extemporising skills. Fans of “Potholes In My Lawn” by De La Soul will recognise “Magic Mountain”‘s horn/piano riff here; it’s easily the best track on the Lp.

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