Monday, December 31, 2012


YEAR:  1972
LABEL:  United Artists
TRACK LISTING:  The Cisco Kid,  Where Was You At,   City Country City,  Four Cornered Room,  The World Is A Ghetto,  Beetles in the Bog
BONUS TRACKS:  (on 40th Anniversary reissue):  Freight Train Jam,  58 Blues,  War Is Coming (Blues Version),  The World Is A Ghetto (Rehearsal Take)
IMPRESSIONS:  This is another album that was always around in my childhood.  We got this when it came out and it heavily recalls the house on Linwood Ave.  A superb album that's about half instrumental and a superb album cover -- this was the era when they KNEW how to make an album cover.  I mean, just look at that beautiful cover.  The epic music of the title track and "The Cisco Kid" are unbeatable and this album is to me the pinnacle of the "apres-Burdon" War.  Then there's the excellent "Ghetto Jams" that didn't fit on the original vinyl which now are included on the 40th anniversary edition and we get an album which cannot be beat!
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS:  The Cisco Kid,  Where Was You At,  City Country City,  Four Cornered Room,  The World Is A Ghetto,  Freight Train Jam,  58 Blues
FACT SHEET:  THE WORLD IS A GHETTO is War's fifth album.  War's personnel at this point included Howard Scott (guitar, percussion, vocals), B.B. Dickerson (bass, percussion, vocals), Lonnie Jordan (organ, piano, timbolies, percussion, vocals), Harold Brown (drums, percussion, vocals), Papa Dee Allen (bongos, conga, percussion, vocals), Charles Miller (clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, percussion, vocals) and Lee Oskar (harmonica, percussion, vocals).  The cover was drawn by Howard Miller.  The album reached number one on the Billboard charts and the magazine awarded it the "Album of the Year" as the best-selling album of 1973. 

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