Monday, December 29, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-War f/Eric Burdon
Album: Anthology 1970-1994
I've featured War in the past. They were one of the top bands of the 70s. Before that, the plan was for them to back up former Animals lead singer Eric Burdon. The idea to put Burdon together with War came from producer Jerry Goldstein. In 1969, War was called Nightshift and was backing up LA Rams football star Deacon Jones. After his long run with The Animals, Burdon and Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar were searching Los Angeles clubs for a backup band. Goldstein suggested that Burdon should check out Nightshift. Burdon loved them and renamed them War. He also brought in Oskar to replace a couple of horn players. They started jamming in the summer of 1969 went into the studio later that year. Eric Burdon & War signed with MGM Records and 1970 saw the release of Eric Burdon Declares War. Spill The Wine was the hit single but Tobacco Road was also very popular. Burdon allowed War to sign a seperate contract with United Artists and they started recording on their own. After one more album, Burdon left over health concerns and War went on to become one of the top bands of the 70s. Burdon's career hasn't been as successful. This 2CD Rhino comp is mostly for War fans but does include three songs with Burdon. They have also released an Eric Burdon & War comp. Here's Eric Burdon & War performing Spill The Wine.