Why Can't We Be Friends?

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For the title track, see Why Can't We Be Friends? (song). For the American Dad! episode, see Why Can't We Be Friends? (American Dad!).
Why Can't We Be Friends?
Studio album by War
Released June 16, 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, R&B
Length 44:04
Label United Artists Records
Producer Jerry Goldstein with Lonnie Jordan and Howard Scott
War chronology
War Live
Why Can't We Be Friends?
Love Is All Around
(with Eric Burdon)
Singles from Why Can't We Be Friends?
  1. "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
    Released: 1975
  2. "In Mazatlan"
    Released: 1975
  3. "Low Rider"
    Released: 1975
  4. "So"
    Released: 1975

Why Can't We Be Friends? is the seventh studio album by War.


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

Recorded in 1974 and released by United Artists Records on June 16, 1975. The title song reached number 8 on Billboard's Hot 100. The original LP edition came with a poster. Two singles from the album were released: "Why Can't We Be Friends?" backed with "In Mazatlan", and "Low Rider" backed with "So". Both A-sides were nominated for the Grammy Awards of 1976.

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. Note: CD edition does not break "Leroy's Latin Lament" into sections.

  1. "Don't Let No One Get You Down" (War, Jerry Goldstein) – 3:59
  2. "Lotus Blossom" (War, Francie Nelson) – 3:59
  3. "Heartbeat" – 7:25
  4. "Leroy's Latin Lament (Medley)" - 6:36
    1. "Lonnie Dreams" – 0:49
    2. "The Way We Feel" (War, lyrics: Keri Oskar) – 1:10
    3. "La Fiesta" – 2:10
    4. "Lament" – 2:27
  5. "Smile Happy" – 7:22
  6. "So" – 4:58
  7. "Low Rider" (War, Jerry Goldstein) – 3:11
  8. "In Mazatlan" – 2:45
  9. "Why Can't We Be Friends?" (War, Jerry Goldstein) – 3:49



Year Album Chart positions[2]
Jazz Albums
1975 Why Can't We Be Friends? 8 1 14


Year Single Chart positions[3]
1975 "Low Rider" 7 1
"Why Can't We Be Friends?" 6 9
"Heartbeat" 6

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "War US albums chart history". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ "War US singles chart history". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13.