Lee Oskar: The Best of Lee Oskar
Just moments into this album it becomes clear that Oskar was responsible for much of WAR's distinctive sound. His harmonica sounds almost hornlike at times, notably on "Sunshine Keri," and always retains a smooth, sharply focused hornlike quality.
While several of these tracks sound a bit dated, owing chiefly to the vocals and some sound-effect bird-chirping water-lapping (etc. etc.) leadins ("San Francisco Bay" is a particularly egregious example), the music is as coolly loose-limbed and exuberant as ever. Harmonica fans should check this one out, for Lee Oskar's sound on the instrument is sadly underrepresented in music today.
Record Label: Avenue Records