Thursday, November 27, 2014

"Outlaw" by War

Song#:  1092
Date:  07/10/1982
Debut:  99
Peak:  94
Weeks:  3
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Technically, this is the third single from their album "Outlaw." Before signing to RCA, the band released a one-off single titled "Cinco de Mayo," which reached #90 on the R&B chart. The track got included on "Outlaw" with the second single then being "You Got the Power" (#66 pop, #18 R&B). This title-track couldn't muster up much support at pop and it was a virtual blip near the bottom of the chart. It would also be their final pop chart entry. However, it did well at R&B reaching #13.

ReduxReview:  This pretty much sounds just like...War. In fact, it almost sounds like a sequel to "Low Rider." It has that same feel, but just not as good. Really, it's not a bad single at all and probably better than anything they had done for a few years. Despite it sounding a little stuck in the 70s, it deserved a better fate than a few measly weeks on the chart.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The "Outlaw" album contained seven tracks. Three of the tracks were released as proper RCA singles with three of the other album tracks serving as b-sides. The last track remaining was "Baby It's Cold Outside," which was an original and not a cover of the famous Frank Loesser tune written in 1944. War's song was issued as a promo single to radio stations for the holidays. That basically means that all songs from the album were issued as or on a single.


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