War
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War were founded in 1969 in Los Angeles by Eric Burdon, and for a while they acted as his backing band. After parting company, they became one of the most innovative funk groups in the USA (and one of the few multi-racial groups). They were also commercially successful, starting with Spill The Wine (1970), but their albums offered, above all, a totally new form of dance music. War (1971) was their artistic manifesto. Armed with an experienced line-up featuring guitarist Howard Scott, bassist Morris Dickerson, drummer Harold Brown, keyboardist Lonnie Jordan, saxophonist and flutist Charles Miller (the original pre-Burdon quintet), Danish-born harmonica player Lee "Oskar" Hansen (the group's main composer) and percussionist Thomas "Dee" Allen, and sharing vocal chores, War proceeded to concoct the eight-minute blues melodrama Vibeka and the eleven-minute Cuban-tinged Fidel's Fantasy. After a mediocre sophomore album, they struck gold with The World Is A Ghetto (1972), that ran the gamut from infectious dance ditties such as the languid ten-minute soul-jazz ballad The World Is A Ghetto (1972) to the 13-minute hyperkinetic proto-disco jam City Country City (1972), released just a few months after Dibango's huge international hit Soul Makossa. The Caribbean-tinged The Cisco Kid (1972) and especially Low Rider (1975) added a Latin touch to their progressive-funk sound. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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