Life (Is So Strange)
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|Life (Is So Strange)|
|Studio album by|
|Producer||Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan|
Life (Is So Strange) is an album by War, released on RCA Victor Records in 1983. It marked the end of a continuous string of albums by the group from 1970, and they would not record another album until a decade later. The band's lineup is not stated on the cover, but composer credits suggest they had been reduced from eight members (on the previous album) to five.
The pop art cover references concerns about nuclear war in Los Angeles, the group's home. The Hollywood Sign appears in the upper right corner, and mushroom clouds are reflected in the woman's sunglasses. The back cover depicts office towers (identifiable as New York City buildings) being toppled by a nuclear explosion. Producer Jerry Goldstein also produced the album Nuclear Blues by Blood, Sweat and Tears a few years earlier, which had a cover depicting a post-nuclear urban street scene.
One single from the album was issued: "Life (is So Strange)" backed with "W.W. III".
- "Life (is So Strange)" – 5:58
- "Happiness" – 7:39
- "W.W. III (medley)" – 7:53
- "The Dawning of Night"
- "Waiting at the Church"
- "When the Nightime Comes"
- "Shake It Down" (Goldstein, R. J. Ranois) – 4:53
- "Summer Dreams" (Oskar) – 5:00
- "U-2 (medley)" – 9:47
- "U-2 Part 1"
- "Automatic Eyes"
- "U-2 Part 2"
- "U-2 Part 3"
No personnel are listed on the cover, but previous War albums usually credit all members as composers, so the following is the likely lineup. Other instruments such as bass and saxophone may have been provided by the members below, or by session musicians.
- Papa Dee Allen – percussion, vocals
- Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
- Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, synthesizer, percussion, vocals
- Lee Oskar – harmonicas, vocals
- Howard Scott – guitar, vocals
- Jerry Goldstein and Lonnie Jordon – producers
- John Fischback – recording and remix engineer
- Chris Huston – recording engineer
- Bernie Grundman – mastering engineer
- Mike Doud – art direction, design
- Lou Beach – illustration