The World Is a Ghetto came out in November 1972 and was the third studio album released by the multi-ethnic So-Cal group following the departure of founding singer Eric Bourdon in 1971. A crossover sensation, the album topped the pop and R&B charts and went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. The album also launched an extended period of creative and commercial success for WAR that includes 17 gold, platinum, or multi-platinum albums.
The World Is A Ghetto generated two gold-certified singles. The first, “The World Is a Ghetto,” reached No. 3 on the R&B chart and No. 7 on the pop chart. The follow-up, “Cisco Kid,” was an even bigger success. It reached No. 5 on the R&B chart and No. 2 on the pop chart to become WAR’s highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100.
WAR’s righteous mix of music and message will shine again on November 25 when Rhino releases Eric Burdon & WAR: The Complete Vinyl Collection. Limited to 5,500 copies, this 4-LP multi-color vinyl boxed set will be released exclusively for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.
It includes all three albums WAR recorded with Eric Burdon: Eric Burdon Declares War on transparent-violet vinyl, Black Man’s Burdon (2-LPs) on transparent sun-yellow vinyl, and Love Is All Around on transparent red vinyl. All of these albums are being released on vinyl for the first time since the ‘70s and are mastered by Bernie Grundman. Visit www.recordstoreday.com for a list of stores participating in Record Store Day.
WAR was created in the late-1960s by producer/songwriter Jerry Goldstein and British singer Eric Burdon, who was searching for new collaborators after several years with The Animals. Goldstein spotted the musicians who would become WAR playing clubs in L.A. Soon after, Burdon started playing shows with the band and clicked with the musicians, who followed his improvisational impulses with the ease of jazz masters. Originally billed as Eric Burdon and WAR, the group recorded three albums together starting in 1970 with Eric Burdon Declares “War”(featuring the hit “Spill The Wine”), the acclaimed double album, The Black-Man’s Burdon, and the 1976 vault release, Love Is All Around. Following Burdon’s departure, WAR found its own groove musically and commercially, releasing six consecutive gold-certified studio albums, from 1971’s All Day Music to 1979’s The Music Band. In the coming year, WAR plans a The World Is A Ghetto international tour.
THE WORLD IS A GHETTO
1. “The Cisco Kid”
2. “Where Was You At”
3. “City, Country, City”
4. “Four Cornered Room”
5. “The World Is A Ghetto”
6. “Beetles In The Bog”