This is a hidden cult classic on Stax.
this title managed to get buried so deep inside of the Stax catalog of
classic material I don't know. What I do know that is Ghetto:
Misfortune's Wealth easily holds company with some of the better know
heavyweights of Stax Records lore (Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes etc).
grooves and thought provoking consciencous lyrics are blended together
beautifully. Your bound to have heard (although without really having
much of an idea that it was from this project) a lot of material on
this sampled by some of hip hop giants including Rakim,Dr. Dre &
This album is a must have for true fans of 70's R&B music.
Very tight, a masterpiece. One of the most sampled albums ever.
My personal best are the jazzy groover "24 Carat Black Theme" – a killer funky number, with a wonderfully spacey groove and 12.40 minutes "Poverty’s Paradise”.
A1 Synopsis One: In The Ghetto / God Save The World (8:34)
A2 Poverty's Paradise (12:40)
A3 Brown-Baggin' (6:45)
B1 Synopsis Two: Mother's Day (2:04)
B2 Mother's Day (9:46)
B3 Foodstamps (6:26)
B4 Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth (3:41)
B5 24-Carat Black (Theme) (7:17)
Classically trained Detroit arranger Dale Warren
got his start with the famed Motown label and, from the late '60s
throughout the early '70s, composed the majority of string scores for
soul artists on Stax Records
(arranging for such artists as Billy Eckstine, Eddie Floyd, Isaac
Hayes, Albert King, and the Staple Singers, among others). During this
time, Warren befriended an up-and-coming Cincinnati soul outfit called
the Ditalians. After he convinced them to change their name to 24-Carat Black,
he took them under his wing -- both composing and producing their lone
album, 1973's Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth, a conceptual work that
focused on life in the inner city. The album went unnoticed and fell
through the cracks shortly thereafter, as 24-Carat Black never issued
any other recordings. But over the years, Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth
became a sort of cult classic among hip-hop artists, as such acts as
Heal, Young Disciples, and Digable Planets used samples from the album
for their own tracks. Long out of print, Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth
was finally issued on CD in 1995. The members of 24-Carat Black would
later turn up in the group Shotgun.
soul album, arranged by Dale Warren who worked a long time for the
tamla motown from 1969 till 1974. This only album of 24-Carat Black was
a tribute about life in the inner city, with a lot of emotions, great
soul gospel vocals, and funky instrumentals. A masterpiece sampled by
so many hip hop artists.
album is quite hard to track down, but well worth it.It isn't the most
upbeat of records, detailing the harshness of ghetto life in America
during the seventies, but the sheer quality of the music makes it an
album you'll find listening to time and again.The (numerous) musicians
never worked together again, which makes this album a brief example of
what might have been.Standout tracks are 'Brown-Baggin' and
'Foodstamps' but the whole album is a stunning example of more chilled
and darker funk.
one-off concept album that's a big fat soul-RnB gem. There's 25 people
on the personnel list, of which over 1/3 form a string section, so it
has that wonderfully full sound. The album's concept is inner city
struggle which gives it a political and serious feel, the whole thing
feels quite dark.
Fans of the early-70s socio-concious works by
Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, fans of the musical waves of Herbie
Hancock or Isaac Hayes, or fans of funk-based hip hop should each be
able to latch onto Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth with keen interest.
of the lat great classics fron the Stax vaults, a tragedy on & off
the disc. This was the brain child of in-house producer Dale Warren-
who did orchestration for Isaac Hayes- and the music is very much in
the same style of Hayes, but lyrically with the theme of 70's social
strife & deprivation running through the album (kind of a soul
concept album), the mood of the album is sometimes almost hard to
listen to given the subject, even more so when you find out about about
the fate of Dale Warren & his young protege singers (they would
never again appear on vinyl), but the beauty of the music lifts it
above melancholy nearly to the heights of 'masterpiece'.