War

The Very Best of War

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There really are more War best-of packages than the situation warrants, and while the double-CD The Very Best of War is a fine compilation if you don't already have one in your collection, it's questionable whether it was a necessary addition to the band's discography. For one thing, it doesn't differ all that much from the previous two-CD War best-of on Rhino, Anthology (1970-1994). Sure, each has a few tracks not on the other, but both are built around their lengthy string of big hits. Even Barry Alfonso's accompanying essay was adapted from the liner notes to Anthology (1970-1994). Still, this does have all of the big chart hits and a few minor ones, as well as standout album tracks from throughout the 1970s and early '80s that illustrate the band's versatility. Reading the small print on the track listings, it's revealed that half a dozen of these cuts are edits that either appear here for the first time or were only available on previous anthologies or imports. Additionally, almost a dozen of the other tracks are the edited single versions, though it's unlikely many collectors or fans will be either excited or piqued by differences between these and other available variations.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
War
feat: Eric Burdon
4:53 SpotifyAmazon
2
War
feat: Eric Burdon
3:58 SpotifyAmazon
3
War
3:59 SpotifyAmazon
4
War
3:47 SpotifyAmazon
5
War
4:29 SpotifyAmazon
6
War
3:19 SpotifyAmazon
7
War
4:08 SpotifyAmazon
8
War
3:54 SpotifyAmazon
9
War
3:48 SpotifyAmazon
10
War
3:25 SpotifyAmazon
11
War
5:10 Amazon
12
War
5:23 Amazon
13
War
3:31 SpotifyAmazon
14
War
4:39 SpotifyAmazon
15
War
3:53 Amazon
16
War
3:26
17
War
3:49 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
War
3:11 SpotifyAmazon
2
War
4:01 SpotifyAmazon
3
War
4:11 Amazon
4
War
4:23 Amazon
5
War
4:59 SpotifyAmazon
6
War
4:03 SpotifyAmazon
7
War
4:01 Amazon
8
War
5:17 Amazon
9
War
4:46 Amazon
10
War
4:02 SpotifyAmazon
11
War
4:50 SpotifyAmazon
12
War
4:07 Amazon
13
War
4:02 Amazon
14
War
3:59 SpotifyAmazon
15
War
5:56 SpotifyAmazon
16
War
4:29 Amazon
17
War
5:41 SpotifyAmazon
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