As a senior in college I was exposed to a broader range of music thanks to the roommate I had for that year. Besides the groups ruling the airwaves then (Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Steve Miller and Lynyrd Skynyrd) and toned down from the usual metal/space/acid/blues/hard rock I preferred (plus as a protest against anything resembling disco: thump-thump-thump-thump), we listened to large amounts of Steely Dan, Billy Joel, George Benson, John Klemmer, Weather Report and a double album by the group War titled “Platinum Jazz”. In the long run it is only the Steely Dan and War that I still enjoy now. Apart from the hit “Spill The Wine”, which was closer to a fun or novelty tune done while they were the band backing Eric Burdon’s post ‘Animals’ solo effort, my first real appreciation for ‘War’ was their early ’70s album, “The World Is A Ghetto”. A true blend of styles including R&B, funk, jazz, Latin, pop and social commentary, “Ghetto” went to the top of the rock/pop charts and amazingly enough was the best selling album of 1973.
I collected all their albums up thru the late ’70s releases, but the one I enjoy most which concentrates and best displays their skills is “The World Is A Ghetto”. Uplifting and haunting. Check it out sometime.
A curious tidbit about the group is that the only white band member somehow maintained the largest “afro” hairstyle.