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War: The World Is a Ghetto

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SIDE A 1- THE CISCO KID 2- WHERE WAS YOU AT 3- CITY, COUNTRY, CITY SIDE B 1- FOUR CORNERED ROOM 2- THE WORLD IS A GHETTO 3- BEETLES IN THE BOG


Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Label: United Artists Records
  • ASIN: B000PGBWMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By BiggO on May 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The title of my review says it all. For those of you that are into statistics and sales and chart positions and all that good stuff, you're probably aware that this is the only War album to top the pop charts. Of course, for my purposes, none of that matters.

Growing up, this was my SECOND favorite War album. As I became an adult, though, this one crept to the top of the list. Why? Perhaps it was the mood of the album. The album is very dark and downtrodden, and perhaps that's the beauty of it. Although the album was released a couple of years before I was born, it was an album that reflected the uncertain times: a few years after the murders of MLK & RFK, in the midst of American dissatisfaction with the Viet Nam war, and the soon-to-be-headline-making Watergate scandal.

Anyway, even though there's only six songs on the album, they are a WHOPPING six songs. Kicking things off is "The Cisco Kid." Honestly, if I had to name a single song that made me a War fan, it was this one. It's all in the bass line. For all you bass aspiring bass players out there, this song is SERIOUS PROOF that you don't have to slap to be STANKY.

Next, there's the Big Easy flavored "Where Was You At?"...a great little song, sad but upbeat. Then there's the epic "City Country City." The darkness rises in a big way. You get lots of what made WAR one of THE best: great group work, great individual solos, and the music never gets stagnant.

The things only get darker with "Four Cornered Room." I'll be honest: I like the song, but it's probably the spookiest song War ever recorded. Couple this song along with the totality of Sly Stone's "Riot" LP for ultimate in depressing, junkie-nodding music.

Than the culmination, the title song.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on January 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I was 8 yrs old, this album was one of those

that my mom and her freinds used to get together

and vibe off of!

The extra long tracks like the haunting

"Four Cornered Room", the progressive

"Country City Country" and the lush and generous

title track harkens back to a time when sandalwood

incense was burning, a fat spliff or two was being passed

around among freinds with a little wine and the

music took you to another world!

The other tracks on here are just as good and stand the

test of time. WAR should definitely be entered into the

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because their sound was

original and creative, not to mention as influential as

their contemporaries like E,W&F, P-Funk, Ohio Players,

Mandrill, Tower of Power, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Santana, etc.

Man, I cant wait til' this hip-hop and candy pop crap has seen

it's day and music of substance comes back in!

Also check out "Deliver The Word", "Why Can't We Be Freinds",

"WAR Live" and "All Day Music"...all good albums in

their own right!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If there was a rating of 10, this recording would definitely get it!!! War is my all time favorite group and this recording is my all time favorite HANDS DOWN! I originally purchased it on vinyl while in jr. high school. This music is so timeless, everytime I listen to it, it's like the first time! "City, Country, City" takes you on a musical Sunday afternoon drive. "Four Cornered Room"...what can I say about that? Close your eyes and explore the corners of your mind! This is a "must have" of those new to War. I think it is their absolute best!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on July 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album, which is one of my top 30 favorites, is progressive soul music. It's like Isaac Hayes in his heyday, when his albums like Hot Buttered Soul, Movement, and Joy had epic tracks on them, some running as long as 18 minutes. This is War's best album, with the title track and City, Country, City standing out. Even though there's only 6 songs, and most of them are fairly long, War was one of the tightest bands on the planet. The main theme of the album really resonates today, that the world is indeed a ghetto, because no matter where you go, trouble will find you. You can never cut yourself off completely from society (even though some try to). As the liner notes say, even a Rolls Royce can get a flat tire. If we realised that, we would get along much better, because we all live in this ghetto of a world. We should try and make it better.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By lowriderbandfan on December 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"War was seven guys from Compton and Long Beach in Southern California: Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen, on percussion; Harold Brown, drums; B.B. Dickerson, bass; Lonnie Jordan, keyboards; Charles Miller, saxophones; Lee Oskar, harmonica; and Howard Scott, guitar. Their No. 1 album, inspired by the idea that ghetto life has no boundaries, is now receiving the treatment it deserves."

I would buy this album if I knew the actual original artists of WAR were receiving the treatment they deserve, but this huge WAR fan knows they're not. Four surviving original artists of WAR, now known as the LOWRIDER BAND, are being forgotten, because they lost the rights to their WAR name and legacy to this producer, Jerry Goldstein, who stands to gain the majority of profits from this Anniversary CD and all things "WAR". Maybe the original WAR artists might see a pittance of what they really deserve for all the great WAR music they created, but this WAR fan is not buying what this producer is selling. Learn the truth WAR fans, and give that WAR recognition to who it rightfully belongs to, while they are still with us to get their WAR propers.
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