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  • Audio CD (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B009XC8SEQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This something of a melting pot of influences, a Funky, Jazzy groove, incorporating elements of Latin and Rock music, which undoubtedly arises from the multi cultural line up of the band. British R & B singer Eric Burden had "discovered" War, and there had been a couple of critically acclaimed releases before this one, but "World..." would become their breakthrough album.

War had a distinctive sound, which was honed by the band following their split from Burden. "Cisco Kid" is typical of their best known output, Latin funk workouts, which are at once danceable and laden with memorable hooks. "Where Was You At" and "Beetles..." mine the same seam, but the strength of the album comes with the extended tracks.

Each of these shows the band to full effect. "City Country City" is a masterpiece, which would not be out of place on a Jazz album and "Four Cornered Room" has a dark Sly Stone influence. It is the title track though which has to be the top track on show here, a loping Conga driven groove, which is slightly at odds with the hard hitting lyric.

As the 60's became the 70's, War occupied the same space as the likes of Sly Stone, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Miles Davis, the Ohio Players and Earth Wind and Fire. They would go on to make more superb music, but "....Ghetto" is the album that defined them - essential for those interested in Black music.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Headington on 1 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
With the release of this album in 1972 War established themselves as the funkiest band on the planet bar none. In the same vein as the Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang (early stuff), Mandrill and Funkadelic, War's latin influences gave them a distinctive sound that sold millions. Cisco Kid was the dancefloor hit, but the standout tracks are the jazz funk epic City Country City and the mellow moody melancholy of the title track. The preceeding release All Day Music and later releases such as Deliver the Word and Why Can't We be Friends are excellent, but this is War's masterpiece. Absolutely essential and my favourite funk album of all time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Fathers on 19 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was a latecomer to the 'WAR' sound - I guess pre 1990 if I had seen an album with that name I might have suspected Heavy Rock or Thrash or something similar... but I picked up a copy of the 'World is a Ghetto' record on the recommendation of a friend and loved it from, oh about the first 10 seconds onwards.
It's funky, groovy, laid-back, and the perfect soundtrack to lazy days spent doing not very much...
Post Eric Burdon War really came into their own, and this is them at their peak, along with 'Lowrider' (their best known song - in the UK it is best associated with an ad campaign for Marmite!)
Anyway, I can't recommend this highly enough!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John J. Agnew, Jr. on 17 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I'm hoping that other War albums get remixed for genuine remastering! I enjoyed the count-off (though low in volume) to The Cisco Kid! Nice! Thanks! I can't say I appreciated the mix of The World Is A Ghetto (rehearsal), a bit too Hip-Hop sounding for me! Otherwise, I'm pleased! :)
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By Ian Crisp on 11 April 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got this on vinyl years ago & always loved it. Now being played in my car !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Fitchett on 16 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Some very useful comments from the previous reviewers. The Latin Funk thing is epitomized by the infectious Cisco Kid. Other than Low Rider, by the same band on a different album, I can't think of anything or anybody who does it better - and that includes Mandrill.
War then show their versatility with the soul-funk title track, the epic flowing jazz-funk of "City Country City" and the brooding "Four Cornered Room",which, after innumerable listenings, still makes my hair stand on end.
Music which will never date.
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