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n 1973 the Stax label put out the initial funk opera from this group, a vanity project from classically trained former Motown staff arranger Dale Warren during the hey day of the Memphis label’s pre-bankruptcy success streak. The stark urban funk debut record remains relatively obscure despite an initial tour by the group, and being sampled years later by a slew of hip hop giants including Rakim,Dr. DreKRS-One. A more lushly layered and perhaps commercial follow up was in the works circa 1975 when the financial collapse of Stax postponed any future prospects for the project until Chicago’s Numero Group reissue imprint salvaged the remaining tapes for release approx 35 years later. The followup 24 Carat Black: Gone Are The Promises of Yesterday was released in 2009, featuring 6 resurrected tracks cut in the mid 70’s but never before released.

Dale Warren who died in 1994, is perhaps best known for arranging Isaac Hayes’s Hot Buttered Soul album, but he eventually abandoned soul for classical music, working as a composer and instrumentalist as well as conducting orchestras in LA and Atlanta. Other members of the group included Tyrone Steels, Bruce Thompson, and vocalists Robert Dunson and Princess Hearn ( who was also Warren’s new bride at the time). …Edited by dvoodoo on 30 Jul 2009.

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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. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide