WarThe World Is A Ghetto

Label:United Artists Records – UAS-5652, Far Out – UAS-5652
Vinyl, LP, Album, Terre Haute Pressing
Genre:Funk / Soul


A1The Cisco Kid4:35
A2Where Was You At3:25
A3City, Country, City13:18
B1Four Cornered Room8:30
B2The World Is A Ghetto10:10
B3Beetles In The Bog3:51

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Recorded at Crystal Industries, Los Angeles, CA.
Cover manufactured by Far Out Productions, Inc., L.A., California.
Record manufactured by United Artists, Inc., Los Angeles, California 90028.
Also available on United Artists stereo-tape cartridge U-8462 and cassette K-0462.
© ℗ 1972 Far Out Productions, Inc.
℗ 1972 Far Out Productions
Printed in U.S.A.

"4" printed on back cover denotes fabrication by Imperial Packing Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Runouts are etched.

• United Artists Records, Inc., Los Angeles, California 90028 • Made in U.S.A. •
Also released with a different label ring

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched in runouts): T
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Other (Jacket mfg. plant #): 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): UAS 5652 A1 AB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): TI UAS 5652-B-2 DDV
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): T2 UAS 5652A-1 AB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): T2 UAS 5652 B-1AB

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The World Is A Ghetto (LP, Album, Stereo)United Artists Records, United Artists RecordsUAS 29 400 I, UAS-5652Germany1972
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The World Is A Ghetto (LP, Album, Stereo)United Artists RecordsUAS 29400UK1972
The World Is A Ghetto (LP, Album)United Artists RecordsUAS-5652Singapore1972
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The World Is A Ghetto (8-Track Cartridge, Album, Stereo)United Artists RecordsU-8462US1972
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The World Is A Ghetto (Reel-To-Reel, Album, Stereo, 7 ½ ips)United Artists RecordsUST 5652-CUS1972



  • aagstn's avatar
    I got a copy of this that has some scratches but still sounds incredible. Shocking how much better vinyl sounded in this era. I bought the War collection from Rhino and it was loaded with surface noise and is brand new vinyl. This album is a great listen start to finish.
    • Mrwilson1's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      This is a masterpiece no matter what medium you have it on. Musically this is well so pure. This music is indicative of how the late 60's through the early 70's went. So much variation in the music. It is timeless as well as still meaningful in 2022
      • lubizianrecord's avatar
        The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine .
        He drink whiskey, Poncho drink the wine .

        The hooked catchy ghetto funk grooves that called many times in my head every time seeing this LP. A big one from 70's scene .

        War shown the righteous, that they are stood for and bring everybody together through their music .. and i believe they succeeded.

        Spin it for your sunday afternoon cruising .

        • baze1's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          You know what? I just can't believe, that as of 1/25/18, Thirteen people rated this classic masterpiece as a "1".
          - A "1" may as well be a "0" in my book. An absolutely worthless, throw-away piece of garbage that has nothing of value musically, or artistically whatsoever...
          Tssssh... I'm just flabbergasted... Period.
          • andreas10163's avatar
            The World Is A Ghetto Japan 2008 WPCR 12936 CD
            • majicalmoment's avatar
              The vocals and quality are excellent and are reminiscent of the blackbyrds
              • allthewayto11's avatar
                This really is a beautiful album.
                • rkcerman's avatar
                  I don't often write reviews here or comment, other people on this website are much better at summarising albums' qualities, but now I feel like I have to write at least something because HOW THE HELL THERE ARE NO COMMENTS FOR THIS MASTERPIECE?

                  For me, while the timeless title track is a stand-out here, every track contains a masterful production and is beautifully put together.

                  The mandatory funk album to listen for every funk fan out there. "Cisko Kid" is one of my favorite album openers, "Where Was You At" is one of those tracks that makes me want to move in my seat everytime I play it. The background vocals that repeat the phrase "Where Was You At" are so DOPE. What follows after, is a remarkable 13-minute long instrumental piece 'City, Country, City" which takes you on a journey, you just need to close your eyes and let it work its magic. "Four Cornered Room" is one of the deepest tracks on this album with a slow tempo and powerful lyrics; has potential to easily induce goosebumps if you listen closely. The same potential has the title track, "The World Is A Ghetto". Well, there is no way I can easily sum up this brilliant track, I just need to say that it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It's okay if you get tears in your eyes while listening to it, there is no shame in that. For me, the most intense part is always right at the end, when the phrase The World Is A Ghetto gets repeated over and over and over with the electric guitar playing on top, while song slowly fades out. What a moment it is.


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