Deliver the Word

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Deliver the Word
Studio album by War
Released August 1973
Recorded 1973 at Crystal Industries & Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Caribou Studios, Nederland, Colorado
Genre R&B
Length 40:36
Label United Artists Records
Producer Jerry Goldstein with Lonnie Jordan and Howard Scott
War chronology
The World Is a Ghetto
(1972)
Deliver the Word
(1973)
War Live
(1974)

Deliver the Word is the sixth album by War, released in 1973 on United Artists Records.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The album featured two singles, "Gypsy Man" (severely truncated from the 11 minute album version) backed with "Deliver the Word" (US #8), and "Me and Baby Brother" backed with "In Your Eyes" (US #15). A live version of "Me and Baby Brother" had been released previously on All Day Music (1971). The title "H2Overture" is a pun on H2O, the chemical formula for water.

A 4-channel surround sound (quadraphonic) mix was also released for the album in the 8-track tape format (United Artists UA-DA128-H),[2] featuring a different track order, a reprise of "H2Overture" with early fade-out, and an early fade-out of "Gypsy Man".

Cover art[edit]

The cover was printed using metallic silver ink on black, and the cover is textured, resembling black leather as used for the covers of Bibles (the album title being a phrase associated with the Bible). A die-cut window in the lower left corner reveals part of the innersleeve which shows a human figure walking along a deserted beach with his head bowed. The other side of the innersleeve shows the same picture, but mirror reversed, and tinted blue instead of orange. When the cover is inserted the other way around, the window reveals an empty beach with sunlight (which, in blue, looks like moonlight) reflecting off the water. The album design and photo is credited to Gary Sato, with Lee Oskar credited for cover concept.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott), except where indicated.

Side One[edit]

  1. "H2Overture" – 4:38
  2. "In Your Eyes" – 4:22
  3. "Gypsy Man" – 11:35

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Me and Baby Brother" – 3:30
  2. "Deliver the Word" – 7:48
  3. "Southern Part of Texas" (War, Jerry Goldstein) – 6:22
  4. "Blisters" – 2:21

Quadraphonic tape edition[edit]

  1. "Gypsy Man"
  2. "H2Overture"
  3. "Southern Part of Texas"
  4. "Me and Baby Brother"
  5. "Deliver the Word"
  6. "Blisters"
  7. "H2Overture (Reprise)"
  8. "In Your Eyes"

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
1973 Deliver the Word 6 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1973 "Gypsy Man" 8 6
"Me And Baby Brother" 15 (1974) 18

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Anderson, Mark. "Quadraphonic Popular Recordings: W". 
  3. ^ "War US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  4. ^ "War US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13.