The World Is a Ghetto

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The World Is a Ghetto
Studio album by War
Released November 1972
Recorded 1972 at Crystal Industries Los Angeles, California
Genre Soul, Funk
Length 43:49
Label United Artists Records
Producer Jerry Goldstein with Lonnie Jordan and Howard Scott
War chronology
All Day Music
The World Is a Ghetto
Deliver the Word

The World Is a Ghetto is the fifth album by the band War, released in late 1972 on United Artists Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]

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.[3] The album is ranked number 444 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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).[4]

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".

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

The cover illustration was drawn by Howard Miller, with Lee Oskar credited with album concept.

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]

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

Side two[edit]

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

40th anniversary expanded edition bonus tracks: Ghetto Jams[edit]

  1. "Freight Train Jam" - 5:41
  2. "58 Blues" - 5:26
  3. "War Is Coming - blues version" - 6:15
  4. "The World Is A Ghetto - rehearsal take" - 8:06



Year Album Chart positions[5]
1972 The World Is a Ghetto 1 1


Year Single Chart positions[6]
1973 "The Cisco Kid" 2 5
"The World Is a Ghetto" 7 3
Preceded by
No Secrets by Carly Simon
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 17 - March 2, 1973
Succeeded by
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player by Elton John

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine Review
  3. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Mark. "Quadraphonic Popular Recordings (W)". 
  5. ^ "War US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  6. ^ "War US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-07-13.