Music Review: ‘Love Is All Around’ by War featuring Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon & War--Love Is All Around

Love Is All Around delivers the 1969 and 1970 results of the partnership between Eric Burdon and War that also produced “Spill the Wine.” They have not previously been released, and you don’t have to be Clive Davis to figure out why they stayed in the can for so long. Most of the tunes, particularly the title cut (not the Troggs song of the same name) and the overly long cover of “A Day in the Life,” are rather rough and pedestrian. But there’s one nine-minute exception: a live version of the Stones’ “Paint It Black” that provides all the justification Burdon and War will ever need for their erstwhile collaboration.

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