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Greatest Hits Live
Greatest Hits Live
Actor: War
Director: not specified
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008     2hr 2min

WAR: What is it good for? Only some of the most memorable hits of all time! Greatest Hits Live is their first live DVD, recorded at a sold out show at Anaheim's The Grove. This two hour performance includes behind-the-scen...  more »


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Actor: War
Director: not specified
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll
Studio: Rhino Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/14/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 2min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Too much 'playing around' and not enough PLAYING!
One of the Dead | 10/17/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I love WAR. This is and always has been a funkier version of Santana and Lonnie Jordan still knows how to compose and play. The problem I had with this concert is Jordan's tendency to mess around and spout endless mundane dialogue that no one cares about and certainly didn't come to listen to. It's the MUSIC of WAR that matters, not his endless references to drugs, getting high, getting old, long spoken intro's, etc.

One of the worst segments of the concert is when Jordan invites ONE woman on stage to groove with him, but about eight either drunk, chubby, unattractive or a combination of all three, actually come up on stage and try to dance with them. They fail miserably and overstay their welcome by about ten minutes. This was very irritating to me and bogged down the show which had already proven sluggish in spots.

There are some great moments though and some of the songs still sound as dynamic as they originally did, and overall the show is enjoyable enough, but I can't stress the fact enough that Jordan needs to concentrate on his vocals and musicianship and leave the silly talk and long-winded intro's out of his show."
If you are in to vomiting, watch this video...
Terrence Green | Seattle, WA | 02/28/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"A very, very difficult video to watch, especially if you are a purist as I am. I dig an original sound by original cats. Before I continue, I'll say the video quality is very nice, however I feel too far away from the action to really feel as if I was there, so in that aspect, it's quite generic.

I understand people move on as time goes by, and original band members fight, but if that's the case, why not play new material and call it Lonnie Jordan & friends. Or at least perform the Lonnie Jordan type tunes like "Don't Let No One Get You Down" or "Deliver The Word". It's hard for me to hear "The World Is A Ghetto" without B.B. Dickerson singing it. He had a great voice.

Somebody bought me this for a birthday gift, and I did not know what to expect, but to see "War" performing Gypsy Queen, Iron Man, Shotgun, etc....WHAT A JOKE!

And where is the music? All I got was this nut talking the whole way through the show, regardless if it is within the context of the DVD as one reviewer states. If that is the case, the reviewer is wrong, the DVD should be called Lonnie Jordan Speaks and not War Greatest Hits?! Since when is Sunshine Of Your Love a War greatest hit?

You know, whatever is going on inside that War camp is between them I guess, but it is 2009, and we're all getting older, get the reunion going in memory of Charles Miller and Papa Dee, and get over it already, and let's go out with a bang! Because right now the War name is going out with a gong!"
LeeGatsby | Maine | 02/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is fantastic! My only complaint would be that it's not a 2-DVD set. I loved it that much. I had a smile on my face the whole concert. They're currently on tour so my hopes are high for additional DVD's. If you're a WAR fan ..... get this DVD. You won't be disappointed.

Songs include:

The World is a Ghetto
Get Down
City Country City
Slippin' Into Darkness
Spill The Wine
All Day Music
Gypsy Man
The Cisco Kid
Me and Baby Brother
Why Can't We Be Friends
Lowrider (Medley)
Sunshine Of Your Love
Iron Man
Gypsy Queen
Doing It To Death
I Want To Take You Higher"
Surprisingly good
kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 02/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I WAS WORRIED THAT THIS WOULD BE BAD. Usually "Greatest Hits" live albums contain bad, short versions of the hits. The studio versions are typically better. But, the songs are all stretched out and played in new and interesting ways.

I WAS WORRIED THAT THE BAND WOULD BE LAME. The only original member of the band was Lonnie Jordan. Only one other member of the group, Sal Rodriguez, had been with the band more than 10 years. I thought that this would either be like a tribute band, or that the musicians would not really be into the songs. In groups like this, with only one orginal member, the backup guys don't really sound like belong in the band and just throw in solos here and there. But, in this case, the band sounds very cohesive.

It is a concert video, so it includes all of the chit chat. That isn't good for a CD, but I think it is appropriate for DVD where you want to get a feel for the concert. It is kind of embarrassing to see the audience, and then have the less than attractive women come up on stage and dance. But, this is a 40 year old band with 60 year old fans.

The filming and editing of the concert was very well done. It was not like many of the videos today where the camera is always zooming in and out, with all the quick cuts.

The audio quality is also very good. The one thing I don't like is that when you play the concert in 5.1 sound the audience is too loud. Also, if you do track selection, you can not choose select the audio setup (stereo or 5.1).

There aren't any bonus features.