24caratblack

If I had an extra minute to spare I would seriously consider starting another blog focused strictly on covering the growing number of on-point reissue labels that have popped up the past several years.  One of these, a front-runner I must feature on AD close to six times a year, is the Chicago based Numero Group.  At this stage in the game, with the amount of stellar titles they’ve released, the label’s reputation alone sets a precedent for quality even before you open the package and put on your headphones.  Next up at bat: the early seventies funk of 24-Carat BlackGone: The Promises Of Yesterday LP.

I first happened across 24-Carat Black unknowingly, due to the heavy sampling of their music, and explicitly via a post over at Oliver Wang’s Soul Sides blog.  His depiction of the group’s sole release, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth, had me immediately digging for a copy (an easier task now that it’s avail at eMusic).   The album is an essential listen for those interested in early seventies soul/funk/r&b.  Obscure in mainstream circles; well known to those who obsessively crate dig and/or hunt beats and grooves.  Numero Group is garnering a rep for its ability to pull rabbits out of hats, and this, the release of Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday is no exception. Listen to it, in its entirety, here on the Numero Group website.

And  if the title Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth is new to you, do be sure to check out the “24-Carat Black Theme” and “In The Ghetto,” both below.

Download:
MP3: 24-Carat Black :: Synopsis Two: 24-Carat Black (Theme)
MP3: 24-Carat Black :: Synopsis Two: In The Ghetto
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Purchase: 2-Carat Black – Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday

+ Download 24-Carat Black via eMusic’s 25 free MP3 no risk trial offer
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5 Responses to “24-Carat Black :: Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday”

  1. For :”Synopsis 2″, Why didn’t they just do a straight cover of Can’s Vitamin C?

  2. Oops, I meant Synopsis Two: 24-Carat Black (Theme).

  3. I know, right?, i should post the side-by-side.

  4. Can’s Vitamin C(19730 was rwritten almost 1 year after the theme1972.
    Also can’s song is a simple 1 bar phrasing of the 1-5-8-10 bass melody. 24 Carat Black used both 4 and 8 bar pkrasing. Can is the copy.

  5. […] diggers’ dream occupation of reissuing lost gems. I stumbled upon a write up of the label at Aquarium Drunkard, where they were highlighting a group called 24-Carat Black. At the Numero Group website they have […]

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