01. Don't Let No One Get You Down
02. Lotus Blossom
04. Leroy's Latin Lament Medley: Lonnie Dreams / The Way We Feel / La Fiesta / Lament
05. Smile Happy
07. Low Rider
08. In Mazatlan
09. Why Can't We Be Friends?
Engineers: Ed Barton, Andrew Berliner, Chris Huston.
Howard Scott (guitar, percussion, vocals);
Charles Miller (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet, percussion, vocals);
Lee Oskar (harmonica, percussion, vocals);
Lonnie Jordan (piano, organ, percussion, vocals);
B.B. Dickerson (bass, percussion, vocals);
Harold Brown (drums, percussion, vocals);
Papa Dee Allen (conga, bongos, percussion, vocals).
Sharone Scott, Milton James, Moses Wheelock (background vocals).
Originally released on United Artists (441) in June, 1975.
This was War's sixth LP (their 8th counting the two with Eric Burdon). It was released in 1975, charting for 31 weeks and peaking at #8. The title song was a top-10 hit.
One of War's best-known and best-selling albums, WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS? is the crown in the band's 1970s winning streak at United Artists. Both sunnier and more heavily Latin-themed than the group's earlier releases, the disc finds War distilling its experimental blend of multicultural pop styles into a refined, irresistibly attractive record. From the positive, Caribbean-flavored opening cut, "Don't Let No One Get You Down," to the superb funk of "Heartbeat," to the four-part medley "Leroy's Latin Lament," WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS? is full of outstanding songs.