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In 1981 after WAR made the one-off single “Cinco de Mayo” for LA Records (Jerry Goldstein’s own label, which also reissued Eric Burdon Declares “War” under the title Spill the Wine the same year), War signed with RCA Victor Records and recorded singles “Just Because”, “Outlaw” (1982) and “You Got the Power”. Followed by “Life” (is So Strange) (1983). WAR did not record another full album until a decade later. The “Best of WAR” compiled in 1987 included two new tracks, “Livin in the Red’, and “Whose Cadillac is That?”, and a remixed version of “Low Rider” in addition of to the original “Low Rider” version. Papa Dee Allen died of a heart attack that struck him on stage in 1988.
The band’s popularity has grown steadily ever since, as a result of the commitment to being road WARriors combined with great increases television appearances, record sales, use of their music in film, television and commercials, samples and covers by other recording artists. A big shot in the arm to WAR’s presence on the touring scene was the release of 1994’s Peace Sign, an album well received by critics and fans. WAR now tours over 150 dates a year to audiences ranging from tens of thousands to intimate clubs.
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