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This review is from: The World Is A Ghetto (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.