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  • Audio CD (27 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B00005TNPW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cadams@walcat.ac.uk on 19 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
One 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 'masterpeice'.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmund T. H. Young on 31 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the best albums I've ever listened to, and to me it is the most soulful album ever. One of the things that makes this album so good is the way it flows together, it really makes a difference if you listen to the album from start to finish and you definitely should. The socially conscious subject matter of this album, detailing the crisis of the american slums in the 60's and 70's, which is often conveyed in spoken word rather than singing, creates an amazing atmosphere that I've never found on another album yet.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Carroll VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2002
Format: Vinyl
Ghettos misfortune and wealth is a soul classic in its own right. Its social conscience and music comes from the heart
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
another lost classic 17 May 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Dale Warren, the leader of this musical project, was one of those talented musicians and producers who eventually was overwhelmed by personal problems. But in the short time he was recording music he delivered this amazing album in 1973. "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" is a mesmerizing musical concoction; a blend of soul and funk and pop and rap. This music was light years ahead of its time. Warren and crew did not play sweet, short singles, but long and funky numbers, stained by tears and pain, with socially concious lyrical content. Nope, not your basic Top 40 formula. But this is music that lasts, and despite some of the 70s lamentations on here, it has aged very, very well. Still powerful stuff. In addition to the funky jams, there are some raps and vocals on a few track by Warren's wife. And the album's closer, the instrumental "24-Carat Black" (Theme) is a monster track, a true rhythm delight! Fans of 70s funk and soul; Don't miss this one!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
24-carat black 2 April 2011
By kelseybud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album was a classic depicting the hard times of the 60's and early 70's, done like a ghetto opera. A lot of people done heard samples from this album and don't know where it comes from, it's here! now go out and get the real sound from 24-carat black!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for true souls 26 July 1999
By Philip Eldring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
24-carat Black is one of the best soulgroups from the days of wayback. As heard in many of today's HipHop-tracks you'll find the most important tracks on this CD. Hail these deep grooves !!!! Buy in the name of good music. This CD is it !!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Undiscovered masterpiece from the finger snapping, symphonic soul era of Stax 13 Dec. 2010
By Luigi Facotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I consciously avoided this CD throughout the Fantasy reissue years - the cover was in the same genre as those used for the second incarnation of the Bar-Kays and, by association. this made the album not part of the real Stax sound. Finding an article about Dale Warren recently, the man who created and also married part of 24 Carat Black, I was intrigued by the post Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul sound - snippets of which were offered by the Amazon website. This album turned out to be fantastic - a continuation of the concept album genre developed by Isaac, Millie Jackson and Marvin Gaye. The orchestration is outstanding - the true symphonic soul sound developed by Stax on its Enterprise subsidiary - and highlights what went awry when Isaac Hayes went onto HBS, Polydor and Columbia without Dale. His more lavish orchestral outings on Pointblank never met the level of Dale O. Warren's genius in soul circles. Now I'm waiting on the Numero CD with the unreleased second album by 24 Carat Black. Buy this - if you liked where Black Moses was going - you'll love this - but listen to as one piece - don't skip tracks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have 15 Sept. 2001
By Harry Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. The founding members moved on to form the group Shotgun.
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