Gene Chandler
Grooves & Messages: Greatest Hits of War
All Day Music
Brenton Wood

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Much like Britain's northern soul community, the Latino population of Southern California fell for soul music and initially imported many of its favorite songs, but the community also fostered a fertile base of artists by the mid-'60s. Unlike the sound of boogaloo/Latin soul (based in New York City), early brown-eyed soul owed little to traditional Latin music and was rarely performed in Spanish. Instead, rock bands like Cannibal & the Headhunters ("Land of 1000 Dances") and Thee Midniters -- inspired by '50s Latino rocker Ritchie Valens -- earned national recognition playing anthemic rock & roll with an R&B edge. Smooth Chicago soul and Motown hits were big crowd favorites at dances during the early '60s (alongside a rare local sensation like Brenton Wood). When the East L.A. community began gradually moving from energetic R&B to romantic soul, the results were some of the sweetest soul music heard during the late '60s and '70s. Another wing of the brown-eyed soul crowd was influenced by Chicano, the Latino civil-rights movement emphasizing heritage and cultural pride. As a result, bands like War, Malo, El Chicano, and Tierra followed Latin-rock breakout Santana into the nation's cultural consciousness. Brown-eyed soul anthems kept edging the charts during the mid-'70s (a good example being Bloodstone's "Natural High"), but rarely breached the national radar after 1980. Rhino Records' three-volume series Brown Eyed Soul: The Sound of East L.A. remains the definitive document of all the imported hits and homegrown talent associated with the style.

Brown-Eyed Soul Artists Highlights

Gene Chandler
Gene Chandler
Brenton Wood
Brenton Wood
War
War

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Brown-Eyed Soul Album Highlights

Grooves & Messages: Greatest Hits of War
War
Grooves & Messages: ...
All Day Music
War
All Day Music
The Very Best of War
War
The Very Best of War
The Black-Man's Burdon
Eric Burdon / War
The Black-Man's Burdon
Greatest Hits [United Artists]
War
Greatest Hits [United ...
Anthology (1970-1994)
War
Anthology (1970-1994)

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Brown-Eyed Soul Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Why Can't We Be Friends? War
Slippin' into Darkness War
Jimbo Eric Burdon
The Cisco Kid
War
War
Spill the Wine Eric Burdon / War
Gimme Little Sign Brenton Wood
The World Is a Ghetto War
The Cisco Kid Eric Burdon / War
Don't Let No One Get You Down Eric Burdon / War
Why Can't We Be Friends? War

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