24 Karat Black: Ghetto:Misfortune’s Wealth/ Gone:The Promises of Yesterday

Posted: April 9, 2010 in Uncategorized
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As far as making it to the big time goes, 24 Karat Black were in the position of having to swim upstream. The brainchild of Dale Warren, a Detroit arranger who composed a majority of string scores for the Stax Records roster, the band’s dark urban direction failed to resonate with the soul crowd or the pop standards of the early to mid 70’s. Their first and only released work, Ghetto:Misfortunes Wealth appeared in the fall of 1973 on Stax only to descend into cutout status as the label closed its doors for good in 1975. Unfortunately Warren’s 24 Karat Black also was doomed to the same fate as the legendary label. The songs of Ghetto would live in,though,being sampled by artists as modern as Digable Planets and Jay-Z.

Last year, The Numero Group got ahold of  the long lost tapes of what was intended to be the follow up to Ghetto. Having spent the past 35 years in a South Side Chicago basement, the tapes were apparently in some pretty beat up shape. Fortunately six of the songs were able to be salvaged and mastered. These tracks would comprise Gone:The Promises of Yesterday, which was released by the excellent Numero Group in 2009.  Head on over to Numero’s catalog to check out this release and others.

In the meantime, here is 24 Karat Black.

Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth

Gone: The Promises of Yesterday

  1. Bill says:

    Thanks for the two 24 Carat Black albums especially the “Gone” album

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