Lonnie Jordan

Different Moods of Me

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In the late '70s and early '80s, War members Lonnie Jordan and Lee Oskar both pursued solo careers. Jordan's solo output was vocal oriented, whereas harmonica player Oskar recorded as an instrumentalist. Both of them continued to record and perform with War; their solo albums were only side projects. Singer/keyboardist Jordan made his solo debut in 1978 when he recorded Different Moods of Me for MCA. Not surprisingly, this self-produced LP is very War-sounding, although it isn't in a class with War classics like All Day Music, Why Can't We Be Friends?, and The World Is a Ghetto. The album does contain a few gems, including the funky, Latin-flavored "Junkie to My Music," the melancholy "He Used to Be a Friend of Mine," and the dreamy "Grey Rainy Days." But most of the material is simply decent instead of excellent. Commercially, Jordan didn't get very far as a solo artist, although Different Moods of Me is worth hearing if you fancy yourself a serious War collector.