WAR — Deliver the Word (review)

WAR — Deliver the Word album cover Album · 1973 · Latin Rock/Soul Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Sean Trane
After confirming their superstar status, War was now on a roll and even started free-wheeling it a bit, starting with their fourth Burdon-less album and their sixth over-all (my version). The pressure to top Ghetto was enormous and the album was a difficult one to come out (their version). In either case DTW was another huge success, but the group was starting to rehash their same old ways and it felt like it sales-wise, despite still very healthy figures. With an over-ambitious album title and an adapted artwork, the septet, still unchanged in its line-up, one can feel the inspirations and ideas are somewhat less numerous than previous and finding different location for recording wasn’t changing much. Indeed this was recorded partly in Colorado instead of Frisco and LA.

Opening on the jazzy upbeat piano and flute instrumental H2 Overture, the track is very unfortunately marred by a cheesy overlong and over-arranged (strings) intro, that same motif that intrudes later on in the mid-section and serves as outro as well. The following In Your eyes has got Bossa Nova roots, but manages to disguise them quite well behind the usual vocal harmonies. This is about as much novelty the group managed on DTW, but you won’t catch saying it was successful. Out comes the 11-mins+ Gypsy Man, easily the album’s best track with an up-tempo beat underlined by droning harmonicas and twirled around by a cello, the track features some killer joint vocals lines that brings again much goose bumps all over you. An awesome track that got edited to make another massive War hit. It became alive favourite and was autobiographical (their nomad lifestyles) and it first started as a would-be campfire song.

The flipside opens on a rework of a track already released (but live) in the ADM album, Me & My Baby Brother, but this time much funky-fied and it became another hit, but there isn’t much for progheads in that one. The title track brings us back to Ghetto’s Four Cornered Room, although without benefiting from that track’s aura. Good but not great and sometimes the brass arrangements are soppy or kitsch and overstaying its welcome a bit. Southern Part Of Texas is a funky track that echoes Slipping Into Darkness and anticipates/foresees Low Rider. Good stuff but heard elsewhere. Blisters is an old Delta blues track that is next to insignificant if it wasn’t for Lee Oskar’s harmonica.

In some ways, DTW was unable to continue their musical innovations, so they started repeating what they’d done before, and while still good to excellent, it was also the beginning of the end… Released in the summer of 73, the group would skip their annual studio visit the following year to release a double live album and by spring of 75, the group’s following album presented a very different facet of the group, despite clinching another two mega-hits

Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Big Brass Live At Savoy Theatre Helsinki Progressive Big Band
TIMO LASSY
Buy this album from MMA partners
Metaraga World Fusion
PURNA LOKA ENSEMBLE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Essais Volume 3 Post Bop
PIERRE DE BETHMANN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Iron Starlet Post Bop
CONNIE HAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Cognitive Jazz Related Rock
SONS OF RA
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

Timo Lassy - Big Brass (Album Trailer)
TIMO LASSY
js· 119 minutes ago
Vatapi Ganapatim
PURNA LOKA ENSEMBLE
js· 8 hours ago
Complicando Lo Simple
PABLO LANOUGUERE
js· 18 hours ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us