The World Is a Ghetto [40th Anniversary Expanded Edition]

The World Is a Ghetto [40th Anniversary Expanded Edition]

by War

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The World Is a Ghetto [40th Anniversary Expanded Edition]

War's third album as an act separate from Eric Burdon was also far and away their most popular, the group's only long-player to top the pop charts. The culmination of everything they'd been shooting for creatively on their two prior albums, it featured work in both succinct pop-accessible idioms ("The Cisco Kid") and challenging extended pieces (the 13-minute "City, Country, City" -- which offered featured spots to all seven members without ever seeming disjointed -- and the title track), and encompassed not only soul and funk but elements of blues and psychedelia on works such as the exquisite "Four Cornered Room." "The Cisco Kid" and "The World Is a Ghetto" understandably dominated the album's exposure, but there's much more to enjoy here, even decades on. Beyond the quality of the musicianship, the classy, forward-looking production has held up remarkably well, and not just on the most famous cuts here; indeed, The World Is a Ghetto is of a piece with Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Curtis Mayfield's Curtis, utilizing the most sophisticated studio techniques of the era. Not only does it sound great, but there are important touches such as the phasing in "Four Cornered Room," not only on the percussion but also on the vocals, guitars, and other instruments, and the overall effect is a seemingly contradictory (yet eminently workable) shimmering blues, even working in a mournful and unadorned harmonica amid the more complex sounds. [The 2012 Expanded Edition adds new liner notes and four previously unreleased tracks: two bluesy jams and alternate takes of "War Is Coming" and "The World Is a Ghetto."]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
Label: Avenue Records
UPC: 0602537194964
catalogNumber: 01770302
Rank: 25401

Tracks

  1. The Cisco Kid
  2. Where Was You At
  3. City, Country, City
  4. Four Cornered Room
  5. The World Is A Ghetto
  6. Beetles In The Bog
  7. Freight Train Jam
  8. 58 Blues
  9. War Is Coming
  10. The World Is A Ghetto

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War   Primary Artist

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