The World Is a Ghetto
|The World Is a Ghetto|
|Studio album by War|
|Recorded||1972 at Crystal Industries Los Angeles, California|
|Label||United Artists Records|
|Producer||Jerry Goldstein with Lonnie Jordan and Howard E. Scott|
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.
- "The Cisco Kid" – 4:35
- "Where Was You At" – 3:25
- "City, Country, City" – 13:18
- "Four Cornered Room" – 8:30
- "The World Is a Ghetto" – 10:10
- "Beetles in the Bog" – 3:51
40th anniversary expanded edition bonus tracks: Ghetto Jams
In 2012 the album was re-released on CD in a 40th anniversary expanded edition with 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks.
- "Freight Train Jam" - 5:41
- "58 Blues" - 5:26
- "War Is Coming - Blues version" - 6:15
- "The World Is a Ghetto - Rehearsal take" - 8:06
- Howard Scott – guitar, percussion, vocals
- B.B. Dickerson – bass, percussion, vocals
- Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, timbales, percussion, vocals
- Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
- Papa Dee Allen – conga, bongos, percussion, vocals
- Charles Miller – clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, percussion, vocals
- Lee Oskar – harmonica, percussion, vocals
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. Alternative cover interpretation: The older white man who owns the Rolls is the landlord, there to collect rent, evict, or whatever. Plenty of parking,but he parks in front of a fire plug. By the time he returns to his car, the tow truck is already hooked up, supervised by the neighborhood cop. A kid s about to kick the landlord in the butt,as the whole block watches the scene..
|1972||The World Is a Ghetto||1||1|
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".
|1973||"The Cisco Kid"||2||5||—|
|"The World Is a Ghetto"||7||3||—|
No Secrets by Carly Simon
|Billboard 200 number-one album
February 17 - March 2, 1973
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player by Elton John
- 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.
- Allmusic review
- Rolling Stone Magazine Review
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- "War – The World Is A Ghetto - Original release". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
- Anderson, Mark. "Quadraphonic Popular Recordings (W)".
- "War US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
- "War US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13.