Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth, the Stax Records standout from 24-Carat Black (featuring Isaac Hayes staple Dale Warren), is getting reissued onto vinyl by Craft Recordings.
Often cited as one of the first concept albums in the soul, funk and R&B genres at a time when such boldly artistic statements were reserved for progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, this ‘soul opera,’ featuring just eight tracks, is an entrancing mixture of lush, orchestral soul ballads and Blaxploitation-era funk grooves, split into vignettes dealing with aspects of everyday life in some of America’s poorest areas. Its unique blend of immaculately arranged grooves and socially conscious narrative launched the album into cult-classic status among DJs and producers who have sampled it for tracks, most recently by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Digable Planets, Dr. Dre, and many others.
The new pressing is on 180-gram wax, with audio cut “at Ardent studios on the original Stax lathe and pressed in Memphis at Memphis Record Pressing.” You’ll also get liner notes from Rob Bowman (Grammy award winner, author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records).
The pressing will be released on Feb. 23.