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Previously unissued recordings by Stax cult favorite 24 Carat Black. 150 gram LP housed in embossed gatefold sleeve. The Promises Of Yesterday is by no means a sequel to Ghetto: Misfortunes Wealth. Missing are the poignant and bleak sermons on the pain of inner city existence. replaced by dusky. sensuous re workings of love songs Warren had written as far back as 1965. Wildly divergent in tone. scope. and mission. the second 24 Carat Black album is tethered to the first by a single. crucial element: its creator.
An era was finding its end. Union Planters National Bank had finally pulled up the roots of Stax Records, leaving hundreds of musicians locked out of 926 East McLemore and the Chicago chapter of 24-Carat Black on the hook for months spent in the studio. Their debut album, a commercial and financial disaster, was par for the course during Al Bell’s reign as the Memphis label’s head. Rediscovered in the early 90s by Britain’s rare groove scene, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth has since been known as 24-Carat Black’s first and final chapter, barely a footnote in the well documented history of Stax. Dale Warren’s brainchild band simply pushed past their concept’s conclusion, piling up dozens of reels for an intimate follow-up album that no one in the world wanted to hear. With their ambitious LP downgraded to cutout status when Stax finally shuttered in 1975, 24-Carat Black found themselves watching their moment recede in the rearview.
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