le Monde est un putain de ghetto, frère
Souk unilatéral, casbah multipolaire
Route de la Soie
Empire d’Essence
cowboys aux ministères
bédouins milliardaires

The World Is A Ghetto, morceau composé par War, groupe de funk formé à Long Beach, California en 1969. Un groupe qui ne s’embarrasse pas de barrières stylistiques – rock, jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, reggae, tout y passe – ou ethniques : c’était à quelques exceptions près (Sly & the Family Stone en est l’exemple le plus notoire) l’un des rares groupes “mixte” de l’époque, allant même jusqu’à compter parmi ses membres fondateurs un chanteur anglais (Eric Burdon, ancien chanteur des Animals)… et … un harmoniciste danois, ce qui est encore moins banal (Lee Oskar, né le 24 mars 1948 à Copenhague), qui composait d’ailleurs la moitié d’une “section cuivre” pas banale non plus, ténor (ou flute)/harmonica, qui participe du son caractéristique du groupe.

Un groupe laid-back du sud de la Californie, mais qui composait parfois des titres engagés (d’après Lonnie Jordan, l’objectif initial du groupe était tout bonnement : “ to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony, using instruments and voices to speak out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes, and turf Lowriders, and promote hope and the spirit of brotherhood”

Dans la lignée des What’s Going On de Marvin Gaye ou (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go de Curtis Mayfield (Stevie Wonder réalisera Innervisions l’année suivante), The World Is A Ghetto est un des hymnes de l’époque qui allient réflexion sociale et explorations sonores longue-durée quasi psychédéliques.

Le diagnostic social de War est pourtant moins sombre que celui d’un Marvin Gaye. En bons californiens, ils ne s’enquiquinent pas de chercher un bonheur hors de portée, mais préconisent de se contenter des joies simples de l’amour pour échapper à l’enfer du ghetto.

There’s no need to search anywhere
Happiness is here, have your share
If you know you’re loved, be secure
Paradise is love to be sure

This is an undated - probably pre-1994 - handout photo scanned from the files formerly stored in TDMN's arts department. / ronnie hammon - charles green - harold brown - lonnie jordan - howard scott - kerry campbell - rae valentine - sal rodriguez - tetsuya tex nakamura

This is an undated – probably pre-1994 – handout photo scanned from the files formerly stored in TDMN’s arts department. / Ronnie Hammon – Charles Green – Harold brown – lonnie jordan – howard scott – Kerry Campbell – Rae Valentine – Sal Rodriguez – Tetsuya Tex Nakamura

anecdote#1 :
C’est avec War que Jimi Hendrix a fait son dernier concert, le 18 septembre 1970, au Ronnie Scoot de Londres. Il les avait rejoint à la fin du deuxième set. Il mourrut le lendemain.

anecdote#2 :
The World Is a Ghetto est l’album de l’année 1973 pour Downbeat, en tant qu’album le plus vendu

anecdote#3 :
The World Is a Ghetto est classé 444ème dans le classement des “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” du magazine Rolling Stone

 


 

War – The World Is A Ghetto

War - The World Is A Ghetto

War – The World Is A Ghetto
United Artists Records – UAS-5652, 1972
Tracklist
A1 The Cisco Kid 4:35
A2 Where Was You At 3:25
A3 City, Country, City 13:18
B1 Four Cornered Room 8:30
B2 The World Is A Ghetto 10:10
B3 Beetles In The Bog 3:51
Credits
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Charles Miller
Bass, Percussion, Vocals – B.B. Dickerson
Bongos, Congas, Percussion, Vocals – Papa Dee Allen
Clarinet, Percussion, Vocals – Charles Miller – Composed By – War
Design [Album Design] – Howard Miller
Design Concept [Album Concept] – Lee Oskar
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Harold Brown
Engineer – Chris Huston
Guitar, Percussion, Vocals – Howard Scott
Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals – Lee Oskar
Management – Steve Gold
Organ, Percussion, Piano, Timbales, Vocals – Lonnie Jordan
Photography By – Bob Gordon
Producer – Jerry Goldstein
Producer [Associate] – Howard Scott, Lonnie Jordan – Written By B. Dickerson , C. Miller , H. Brown , H. Scott , L. Oskar , L. Jordan , D. Allen
Notes
Recorded at Crystal Industries, Los Angeles, CA.
Cover manufactured by Far Out Productions, Inc., L.A., California.
The cover illustration was drawn by Howard Miller, with Lee Oskar credited with album concept.
All tracks composed by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott).

 


 

Ahmad Jamal – The World Is A Ghetto

Version d’Ahmad Jamal dans l’album Ahmad Jamal ’73… Le genre d’album d’Ahmad Jamal assez négligé par les amateurs de jazz (rythmiques trop pop, pas assez de “vrai” piano et de solos), mais qui a fait le bonheur des samplers hiphoppers. (Dj Premier, 9th Wonder, Das EFX, etc. etc.) cf. www.whosampled.com/Ahmad-Jamal/

Ahmad Jamal_Ahmad Jamal '73

Ahmad Jamal – Ahmad Jamal ’73
20th Century Records – T-417, 1973
Tracklist
A1 The World Is A Ghetto – Written by Dickerson , Miller , Brown , Scott , Oscar , Jordan , Allen – 9:44
A2 Children Of The Night – Written by Linda Creed, Thom Bell – 5:04
A3 Superstition – Written by Stevie Wonder – 4:03
B1 Trilby – Written by Orlando Murden – 4:34
B2 Sustah, Sustah – Written by Ra Twani Za Yemeni – 6:44
B3 Soul Girl – Written by Joel Beal – 3:25
B4 Peace At Last – Written by C. Colbert – 6:17
Credits
Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor [Orchestra] – Richard Evans
Design – Philip Chiang, Rod Dyer Inc.
Engineer – Paul Serrano
Mastered By – Bob MacLeod
Photography By – Norman Seeff
Producer – Ahmad Jamal, Richard Evans
Notes
Recorded at P.S. Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
Mastered at Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California.

 


 

Charles Kynard – The World Is A Ghetto

Charles Kynard_Your Mama Don't Dance

Charles Kynard – Your Mama Don’t Dance
Mainstream Records – MRL 389, 1973
Tracklist
A1 Superstition 4:44
A2 The World Is A Ghetto 2:59
A3 Momma Jive 3:26
A4 I Got So Much Trouble 5:06
B1 Your Mama Don’t Dance 2:36
B2 Zambezi 5:34
B3 Summer Breeze 3:25
B4 You’ve Got It Bad Girl 3:47
Credits
Bass [Fender] – Chuck Rainey
Drums – Paul Humphrey, Ray Pounds
Guitar [Electric] – Arthur Adams
Organ [Electric] – Charles Kynard
Trombone, Trombone [Bass] – David Roberts, George Bohanon
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – James Kartchner, Jerry Rusch

 

 

 

 


 

James Moody – The World Is A Ghetto

« This James Moody album was originally released on the budget label Paula in 1973 as Sax & Flute Man, before being reissued by Fuel 2000 with the new title The World Is a Ghetto. The majority of this disc sounds extremely dated, due in part to Jodie Christian’s electric piano stylings. His dominating role tends to downgrade several tracks into generic fusion or the background music to an early-’70s exploitation flick. » Allmusic, Review by Al Campbell

James Moody_Sax & Flute Man

James Moody – Sax & Flute Man
Paula Records – LPS 4003, 1973
Tracklist
A1 Don’t Let Me Be Lonely – Written By [Erroneously Credited Publisher] – Blackwood – Written by Taylor – 6:15
A2 Good Sense Humor Man – Written by Richard Evans – 3:30
A3 First Thing In The Morning – Written by Richard Evans – 4:04
A4 Country City Country – Written by B. Dickerson , C. Miller , H. Brown , H. Scott , L. Oskar , L. Jordan , D. Allen – 6:05
B1 World Is A Ghetto – Written by B. Dickerson , C. Miller , H. Brown , H. Scott , L. Oskar , L. Jordan , D. Allen – 6:50
B2 Trilby – Written by Orlando Murden – 4:22
B3 You’re Right As Rain – Written by L. Creed , T. Bell – 4:50
B4 Moody’s Mood – Written by James Moody – 3:20
Companies etc
Recorded At – P.S. Recording Studios
Credits
Bass, Arranged By – Richard Evans
Drums [Jazz], Congas – Marshall Thompson
Drums [Rock] – Andre Fisher
Engineer – Paul Serrano
Photography By – Jerry Griffith
Piano – Tennyson Stephens
Piano, Tambourine – Jodie Christian
Producer – Paul Serrano, Richard Evans
Saxophone, Flute – James Moody
Notes
Recorded – P.S. Studio, Chicago

 


 

George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto

Version de Benson

George Benson - In Flight

George Benson – In Flight
Warner Bros. Records – BSK 2983, 04 Feb 1977
Tracklist
A1 Nature Boy – Written by Eden Ahbez – 5:58
A2 The Wind And I – Written by Ronnie Foster – 5:04
A3 The World Is A Ghetto – Written by M. Dickerson , C. Miller , H. Brown , H. Scott , L. Oskar , L. Jordan , S. Allen – 9:41
B1 Gonna Love You More – Written by Morris Albert – 4:37
B2 Valdez In The Country – Bass – Phil Upchurch – Written by Donny Hathaway – 4:29
B3 Everything Must Change – Bass – Phil Upchurch – Written by Bernard Ighner – 8:07
Credits
Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor [Orchestra] – Claus Ogerman
Art Direction, Design – Mike Doud
Bass – Stanley Banks
Clavinet, Piano [Acoustic] – Jorge Dalto
Drums – Harvey Mason
Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Mini-Moog] – Ronnie Foster
Engineer [Assistant] – Don Henderson
Graphics [Lettering] – Michael Manoogian
Management – Dennis Turner , Ken Fritz
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By, Recorded By – Al Schmitt
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Photography By – Antonin Kratochvil
Photography By [Artists Photo] – Ken Veeder
Producer – Tommy LiPuma
Producer [Assistant] – Noel Newbolt
Rhythm Guitar – Phil Upchurch
Vocals, Lead Guitar – George Benson
Notes
Recorded and mixed at Capitol Records, Hollywood, August-November 1976
Mastered at The Mastering Lab, Hollywood
“I dedicate this album to my mother” George Benson

 

Big Youth – Streets In Africa / ft. Dennis Brown & The Heptones – Version Negusa Nagast

Big Youth – The World Is A Ghetto (Disco Mix)

Big Youth - The Chanting Dread Inna Fine Style (1982)

Big Youth – The Chanting Dread Inna Fine Style (compilation de singles Negusa Nagast)
Heartbeat Records – HB 08, 1982
Tracklist
A1 My Time
A2 Skyjuice
A3 African Daughter
A4 My Buddy
A5 All Nations Bow
A6 Salvation Light
A7 Dread Inna Babylon
B1 Mama Look
B2 Streets In Africa
B3 Jah Jah Shall Guide
B4 Jah Jah Love Them
B5 Jah Jah Golden Jubilee
B6 Golden Dub
B7 Who Laughed Last

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bonus 1 : le ghetto selon Johnny

Johnny Hallyday – le Ghetto

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Pour moi le monde est un ghetto
Une prison dès le berceau
Où les hommes comme des chiens
Se tuent pour des mots, pour du pain
L’enfer est sûrement plus beau
Que le ruisseau d’un ghetto
D’un ghetto

Du ghetto un jour, je le sais
Du ghetto je m’évaderai
Et j’oublierai les barreaux
Du ghetto

Si mon visage n’est pas d’ici

Tout est privé ou interdit
Les barbelés sont le décor
De mes amours et de ma mort
L’enfer est sûrement plus beau
Que les buildings bien trop hauts du ghetto
Du ghetto un jour, je le sais
Du ghetto je m’évaderai
Et j’oublierai les barreaux
Du ghetto
Du ghetto moi je vous le dis
Du ghetto avec mes amis
Nous sauverons notre peau
Du ghetto


 

Bonus 2 :

War a inspiré d’autres reprises Reggae :

Celle-ci par exemple !!! ça décheeeere !!!

War – Slippin’ Into Darkness

Carl Bradney – Slipping into Darkness

darker_than_blue_-_soul_from_jamdownLa reprise de Carl Bradley figure sur l’indispensable compilation Darker Than Blue : Soul from Jamdown 1973-1980 (Blood & Fire 2001)