Eric Burdon Declares "War"

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Eric Burdon Declares "War"
Studio album by Eric Burdon and War
Released April 1970
Recorded January 2–4, 1970 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre Funk
rock
R&B
soul
Length 41:45
Label MGM
Producer Jerry Goldstein
Eric Burdon chronology
Love Is
(with The Animals)
(1968)
Eric Burdon Declares "War"
(with War)
(1970)
The Black-Man's Burdon
(with War)
(1970)
War chronology
Eric Burdon Declares "War"
(with Eric Burdon)
(1970)
The Black-Man's Burdon
(with Eric Burdon)
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Eric Burdon Declares "War" was the first of two original albums by eclectic funk band Eric Burdon and War, released on MGM Records in April 1970. It peaked at number 18 on record charts in the USA, number 50 in the UK, and number 7 in Australia.[citation needed] The back cover includes this declaration: "We the People, have declared War against the People, for the right to love each other". The album received a gold record award.[citation needed]

In 1981, LA Records (producer Jerry Goldstein's own label) reissued the album under the title Spill the Wine.[2] It has also been reissued under its original title on CD by Avenue / Rhino Records.

Cover art[edit]

The cover, credited to The Visual Thing (with Burdon credited for the concept), depicts two disembodied but joined arms, one white and one black, both giving a three finger salute, similar to the peace sign which uses two fingers. Three fingers may represent war. This salute was also used on the cover of a future album, War. The use of a background sun also appears as a recurring theme on both front and back covers of The Black-Man's Burdon and the innersleeve of Deliver the Word.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, Eric Burdon, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott) except where noted. Note: Memphis Slim composed music under the name of Peter Chatman which was actually his father's name; on the original album the composer credit is misprinted as "P. Chapman".

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Vision of Rassan" - 7:40
    1. "Dedication"" – 2:33
    2. "Roll On Kirk" – 5:07
  2. "Tobacco Road" - 13:44
    1. "Tobacco Road" (John D. Loudermilk) – 3:47
    2. "I Have A Dream" – 6:39
    3. "Tobacco Road" (Loudermilk) – 3:58

Side two[edit]

  1. "Spill the Wine" – 4:38
  2. "Blues for Memphis Slim" - 12:27
    1. "Birth" – 1:31
    2. "Mother Earth" (Peter Chatman) – 2:46
    3. "Mr. Charlie" – 3:05
    4. "Danish Pastry" – 3:18
    5. "Mother Earth" (Chatman) – 2:28
  3. "You're No Stranger" – 1:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Jerry Goldstein – producer
  • Chris Huston – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Umphred, Neal, Goldmine Price Guide to Collectibble Record Albums, Fifth Edition, 1996; but note that Umphred misreads label name as "Lax"