Rating: It’s a legal minefield on this one as Tom Caruana continues his mash-up series and trumps both his Beatles/ Wu Tang and Okayplayer/ Bollywood efforts with a Jimi/ Wu soundclash. According to TC, “it features 2 exclusive tracks from Wu Tang affiliates Gab Gotcha & Young Dirty Bastard (ODB’s son) …has taken around 6 months to create and features much more original material than the Beatles album (there are only 4 samples from cover versions).” He continues, “I went through hundreds of tracks, jams, outtakes, collaboration & interviews to find the samples. I also tried to use some more obscure acapellas where I could. There was a meeting about this album between Sony and Wu Music Group, but alas nothing came of it.” Nothing came of it? Are they fucking bonkers? Honestly – you can lead a horse to water… you’d have thought in this day and age that dinosaur music megacorps would have welcomed the chance to be on this like Sonic – imagine it in collectable glorious double vinyl with a gatefold cover – gotta be a winner with rising vinyl sales. Black Gold is every bit as gigantic as you’d expect – don’t sleep! Cop it while it’s hot below, preview track Last Call and then whole LP on soundcloud players below that and check tracklist on back cover below that:
N.b. The mp3 versions have a folder with alternative artwork from the competition that Wu Tang ran. The WAVs don’t have any artwork.