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The World Is a Ghetto (40th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

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War's fifth album (and its third without singer Eric Burdon), released in late 1972, was the group's most successful. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and was named "Album of the Year" for 1973 by the magazine. Two singles—"The Cisco Kid" and an edited version of "The World Is a Ghetto"—went top 10, impressive considering how advanced and adventurous the music was. The seven-piece band wrote its songs communally, and each member was given considerable room to explore. Charles Miller's clarinet and saxophones gave War a jazzy edge on the 13-minute "City, Country, City," while the band's percussive elements—performed by everyone, but especially heightened by drummer Harold Brown and conga man Papa Dee Allen—brought a polyrhythmic sound far beyond standard-issue rock and pop music. Funk, blues, and psychedelia melt together in a definitive post-'60s vibe. "Four Cornered Room" is simply devastating. The 40th-anniversary expanded edition includes a rehearsal take of the title track and three additional jams from a band at the height of its powers.

Customer Reviews

The most prolific band of the late 70's

I was only nine years old when this came out. But, my parents would play this album to death during it's time. I am old enough now to really apprieciate the talent and how there were ahead of there time. For mixed race of men to come together and put out such a album was fascinating to say the least. Thank you mom and dad for introducing me to such great music!!

Awsome!!

What a great album...and Mastered for Itunes...Priceless

War/ 40th Annivesary

If I purchase both of the 40th Anniversary C.D.,s are you sure the booklet is included. I purchased The Rolling Stones(Let it Bleed), was supposed to come with a booklet on my Apple I-Pad.It never did. I never got reimbursed?????

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most popular funk groups of the '70s, War were also one of the most eclectic, freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock influences into an effortlessly funky whole. Although War's lyrics were sometimes political in nature (in keeping with their racially integrated lineup), their music almost always had a sunny, laid-back vibe emblematic of their Southern California roots. War kept the groove loose, and they were given over to extended jamming; in fact, many of their studio...
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