Friday, August 18, 2017

War VS George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto

War – The World Is A Ghetto (United Artists Records)
By the ones made famous with classics such as ‘Low Rider’, ‘The Cisco Kid’ and ‘Galaxy’ to name but a few. The title track to their 1972 released fifth album with production work by the likes of Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan and Howard Scott, remembered as Billboard magazine’s Album Of The Year, but also the best selling album of 1973. A Soul/Funk approach given to it on a relatively lascivicious way as compared to the cover versions that would follow, be they by George Benson or eventually Will Downing
George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto (WB)
On the heels of the 1976 released ‘Breezin’ album that would mark the beginning of Benson‘s most successful period, its follow up – ‘In Flight’ – with the same line-up of musicians (Harvey Mason, Ronnie Foster, Ralph McDonald, etc) and producer (Tommy LiPuma) spawning classics such as ‘Nature Boy’, a cover version of ‘Everything Must Change’, and this War penned gem. A brilliantly reorchestrated version of it that would see our man setting up his own signature, while scatting as a response to his Ibañez guitar play…
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