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The World Is a Ghetto
The World Is a Ghetto
is the fifth album by the band War, released in late 1972 on United Artists Records. The album attained the number one spot on Billboard, and was Billboard magazine's Album
of the Year as the best-selling album of 1973.[1] In addition to being Billboard's #1 album of 1973, the album is ranked number 444 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title track became a gold record.[citation needed]


1 Cover 2 Alternate formats 3 Critical reception 4 Track listing

4.1 Side one 4.2 Side two 4.3 CD bonus tracks

5 Personnel 6 Charts

6.1 Singles

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Cover[edit] The cover illustration, a lighthearted drawing showing a Rolls Royce with a flat tire in a ghetto, was drawn by Howard Miller, with Lee Oskar credited with album concept.[2] Alternate formats[edit] The album was also made available in a 4-channel surround sound (quadraphonic) mix in the 8-track tape format (United Artists UA-DA178-H).[3] Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [4]

Christgau's Record Guide B[5]

Creem C+[6]

Rolling Stone [7]

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Gordon Fletcher said The World Is a Ghetto found War progressing further in the arena of soul and jazz music, and "closer to total mastery of their music as they attempt to use it to communicate the essence of ghetto life".[8] Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
less enthusiastic in Creem, believing he "should love this big Afro-roots band" in theory, but was critical of the fairly slow quality of the music and the lyrics, calling it "blackstrap-rock".[6] He singled out the "jazz pretensions" of "Four Cornered Room" and "City, Country, City", finding the latter's rhythmic foundation solid but the song too long and mawkish.[5] In a retrospective review, Bruce Eder from AllMusic said the album's music encompassed "not only soul and funk but elements of blues and psychedelia" and a "classy, forward-looking production" comparable to Curtis Mayfield's 1970 album Curtis and Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (1971).[4] The Crisis
The Crisis
journalist Bruce Britt identified The World Is a Ghetto as one of the few Black rock recordings that became a classic within the pan-African community during FM rock radio's segregation of African-American rock acts in the 1970s,[9] a viewpoint echoed by music historian Jefferson Morley.[10] Track listing[edit] All tracks composed by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B. B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott). Side one[edit]

"The Cisco Kid" – 4:35 "Where Was You At" – 3:25 "City, Country, City" – 13:18

Side two[edit]

"Four Cornered Room" – 8:30 "The World Is a Ghetto" – 10:10 "Beetles in the Bog" – 3:51

CD bonus tracks[edit] In 2012 the album was re-released on CD in a 40th anniversary expanded edition with 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks.[11]

"Freight Train Jam" - 5:41 "58 Blues" - 5:26 "War Is Coming - Blues
version" - 6:15 " The World Is a Ghetto
The World Is a Ghetto
- Rehearsal
take" - 8:06


Howard Scott – guitar, percussion, vocals B.B. Dickerson – bass, percussion, vocals Lonnie Jordan
Lonnie Jordan
– organ, piano, timbales, percussion, vocals Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals Papa Dee Allen
Papa Dee Allen
– conga, bongos, percussion, vocals Charles Miller – clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, percussion, vocals Lee Oskar
Lee Oskar
– harmonica, percussion, vocals


Year Album Chart positions[12]


1972 The World Is a Ghetto 1 1

Singles[edit] Singles from the album include "The World Is a Ghetto" backed with "Four Cornered Room", and "The Cisco Kid" backed with "Beetles in the Bog".

Year Single Chart positions[13]

US US R&B US Dance

1973 "The Cisco Kid" 2 5 —

"The World Is a Ghetto" 7 3 —

Preceded by No Secrets by Carly Simon Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album February 17 - March 2, 1973 Succeeded by Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
by Elton John

See also[edit]

List of number-one albums of 1973 (U.S.) List of number-one R&B albums of 1973 (U.S.) Billboard Year-End


^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on February 14, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2011.  ^ "War – The World Is A Ghetto - Original release". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30.  ^ Anderson, Mark. " Quadraphonic
Popular Recordings (W)". Archived from the original on 2008-04-10.  ^ a b Allmusic review ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "War: The World Is a Ghetto". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306804093. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 1973). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ Walters, Barry (August 22, 2002). "War: The World Is a Ghetto". Rolling Stone. No. 903. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ Fletcher, Gordon (March 1, 1973). "War: The World Is a Ghetto". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.  ^ Britt, Bruce. "Black Rock Revival". The Crisis. No. Autumn 2008. p. 19.  ^ Morley, Jefferson (1992). "Introduction". In Stanley, Lawrence A. Rap: The Lyrics. Penguin Books. p. xvii. ISBN 0140147888.  ^ "War – The World Is A Ghetto - 40th Anniversary Edition". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30.  ^ "War US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13.  ^ "War US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 

External links[edit]

War-The World Is A Ghetto at Discogs

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Lonnie Jordan Marcos Reyes Howard E. Scott Harold Ray Brown Lee Oskar Morris "B.B." Dickerson Charles Miller Eric Burdon Pat Rizzo J. B. Eckl


Eric Burdon
Eric Burdon
Declares "War" (1970) The Black-Man's Burdon
The Black-Man's Burdon
(1970) Love Is All Around War (1971) All Day Music
All Day Music
(1971) The World Is a Ghetto
The World Is a Ghetto
(1972) Deliver the Word (1973) War Live (1974) Why Can't We Be Friends?
Why Can't We Be Friends?
(1975) Platinum Jazz
(1976) Galaxy (1977) Youngblood (1978) The Music Band
The Music Band
(1979) The Music Band
The Music Band
2 (1979) Outlaw (1982) The Music Band – Jazz
(1983) Life (Is So Strange)
Life (Is So Strange)
(1983) ☮ (Peace Sign) (1994)

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Billboard Year-End number one albums


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– Original Cast 1961: Camelot – Original Cast 1962: West Side Story – Soundtrack 1963: West Side Story – Soundtrack 1964: Music from Hello, Dolly! – Original Cast 1965: Music from Mary Poppins – Soundtrack 1966: Whipped Cream & Other Delights – Herb Alpert
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& the Tijuana Brass 1967: More of the Monkees
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– Simon & Garfunkel 1971: Jesus Christ Superstar – Soundtrack 1972: Harvest – Neil Young 1973: The World Is a Ghetto
The World Is a Ghetto
– War 1974: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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– Elton John 1975: Greatest Hits – Elton John


1976: Frampton Comes Alive!
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– Peter Frampton 1977: Rumours – Fleetwood Mac 1978: Saturday Night Fever – Soundtrack 1979: 52nd Street – Billy Joel 1980: The Wall
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– Pink Floyd 1981: Hi Infidelity
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– REO Speedwagon 1982: Asia – Asia 1983: Thriller – Michael Jackson 1984: Thriller – Michael Jackson 1985: Born in the U.S.A.
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– Bruce Springsteen 1986: Whitney Houston
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– Janet Jackson 1991: Mariah Carey
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– Mariah Carey 1992: Ropin' the Wind
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– Alanis Morissette 1997: Spice – Spice Girls 1998: Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture – James Horner 1999: Millennium – Backstreet Boys 2000: No Strings Attached – NSYNC


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