Outlaw (War album)

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Studio album by War
Released 1982
Genre R&B, funk
Length 40:37
Label RCA Victor
Producer Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan
War chronology
The Music Band Live
The Music Band – Jazz

Outlaw is an album by War, released on RCA Victor Records in 1982.

This was War's first album for RCA. Between this and the previous album on MCA, War released a single on LA Records, a company owned by their producer Jerry Goldstein: "Cinco de Mayo", which also appears on Outlaw, backed with "Don't Let No One Get You Down", an older track from Why Can't We Be Friends? (1975).

Alice Tweed Smith (vocals) had left the band since their previous album, reducing the group to eight members, although the cover only shows seven. Pat Rizzo isn't on cover picture. Assuming that composer credits indicate the lineup of each track (excluding producer Jerry Goldstein); on some tracks, Ron Hammon (drums) and Pat Rizzo (saxophone) are not credited .

Three more singles from the album were issued on RCA Victor: "You Got the Power" backed with "Cinco de Mayo", "Outlaw" backed with "I'm About Somebody", and "Just Because" backed with "The Jungle (medley)". Also, "Baby It's Cold Outside" (not the popular 1940s song by Frank Loesser) was issued as a promotional single for seasonal music radio programming. Therefore, every track on the album was also issued on a single, though some were probably edited.



Year Single Chart positions,[1][2]
1982 "Cinco de Mayo" 90
"You Got the Power" 66 18 6
"Outlaw" 94 13

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "You Got the Power" (Allen, Brown, Goldstein, Jordan, Oskar, Rabb, Scott) – 5:41
  2. "Outlaw" (Allen, Brown, Goldstein, Hammon, Jordan, Oskar, Rabb, Scott) – 5:02
  3. "The Jungle (Medley)" (Allen, Brown, Goldstein, Hammon, Jordan, Oskar, Rabb, Scott) - 8:06
    1. "Beware It's a Jungle Out There" – 2:30
    2. "The Street of Walls" – 1:37
    3. "The Street of Lights" – 1:59
    4. "The Street of Now" – 2:40

Side two[edit]

  1. "Just Because" (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, Ron Hammon, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Oskar, Luther Rabb, Howard E. Scott) – 4:09
  2. "Baby It's Cold Outside" (Allen, Brown, Hammon, Jordan, Oskar, Rabb, Pat Rizzo, Scott, Jerry Goldstein) – 5:51
  3. "I'm About Somebody" (Allen, Brown, Goldstein, Jordan, Oskar, Rabb, Scott) – 5:34
  4. "Cinco de Mayo" (Allen, Brown, Goldstein, Hammon, Jordan, Oskar, Rabb, Rizzo, Scott) – 3:59


  • Papa Dee Allen – percussion, lead and background vocals
  • Harold Brown – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Ron Hammon – drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, synthesizer, percussion, lead and background vocals

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Jerry Goldstein and Lonnie Jordon – producers
  • Chris Huston, John Fischbach – recording engineers
  • Bill Ravencraft – second engineer
  • Jef Sanders – mastering engineer
  • Tony King – cover concept
  • Mike Doud – art direction, design
  • Richard Arrindell – photography


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 608. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 274.