Eric Burdon Declares "War"
|Eric Burdon Declares "War"|
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|Recorded||January 2–4, 1970 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California|
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|Singles from Eric Burdon Declares "War"|
Eric Burdon Declares "War" is the first of two original albums by 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. 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.
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. The three fingers may represent the letter "w" in the word "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.
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".
- "The Vision of Rassan" - 7:40
- "Dedication"" – 2:33
- "Roll on Kirk" – 5:07
- "Tobacco Road" - 13:44
- "Spill the Wine" – 4:38
- "Blues for Memphis Slim" - 13:30 (individual times not accurate)
- "You're No Stranger" (Thomas C Carter) – 1:55
- Eric Burdon – lead vocals
- Lee Oskar – harmonica
- Charles Miller – tenor sax, flute
- Howard Scott – guitar, backing vocals
- Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano
- Bee Bee Dickerson – bass, backing vocals
- Harold Brown – drums
- Dee Allen – conga, percussion
- Jerry Goldstein – producer
- Chris Huston – engineer