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Bloodstone

Bloodstone was a key group in creating the shift from the R&B and soul group concepts of the '50s and '60s to the funk and black rock ideas of the '70s and afterward.

The group began in Kansas City, while the original members were in high school, as an a cappella doo wop group, the Sinceres, around 1962. They evolved with the decade, and by 1968 were ensconced in Las Vegas, playing lounges like many other soul minor leaguers (Sonny Charles & the Checkmates, most notoriously). From there, they went to Los Angeles and did the unexpected: They learned to play instruments and became a band (like the Clash and Steely Dan, they never did settle on a permanent drummer).

In fact, Bloodstone was a very good funk-soul group using the Hendrix-derived licks of Charles Love and Willis Draffen against multiple percussion ideas to underpin a vocal blend that still owed its soul to gospel and doo wop. (If this makes you think of the Isley Brothers of "That Lady," you're on the right track.)

Bloodstone received no record company interest in L.A., however, so at the advice of its manager, the group relocated to London in 1971. There, they teamed up with Mike Vernon, founder of the Blue Horizon label, who'd made his bones producing an album with the great Chicago pianist Otis Spann; white blues acts like Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown; and early Euro-rock with Focus. Vernon took Bloodstone into the studio and by early 1973, its debut single, "Natural High," had cracked the R&B and pop Top Ten, becoming the group's defining song.

Vernon produced the first five Bloodstone albums, which garnered seven Top 20 R&B singles, almost all of which made the pop Top 40. The group was a big concert draw, and its album sold well, if not spectacularly. Somehow, all of this was parlayed into a 1975 film deal. Train Ride to Hollywood is arguably the funniest picture of the whole '70s blaxploitation film boom, derived in equal parts from the Marx Brothers and such early spoofs as The Palm Beach Story and International House. Somehow, amidst the slapstick and the reefer jokes, Bloodstone wedges in a fairly complete history of black vocal harmony music from the Mills Brothers to the Coasters to their own bad selves. They do it even better on the soundtrack album. (All of the Vernon-produced Bloodstone albums contain versions of '50s and '60s oldies.)

The group then faded from popular view, despite a brief stint at Motown, until the early '80s, when it hooked up with the Isley Brothers' T-Neck and scored a commercially and artistically successful album, We Go a Long Way Back, produced by the Brothers. The title track returned them to the R&B Top Ten in 1982, but although several other T-Neck singles charted, the group's recording career essentially ended there. Nevertheless, this heartland group had made a significant mark and can lay fair claim to being one of the first to figure out its particular era's future. ~ Dave Marsh
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fly Away

1. Possible

2. Fly Away

3. No One

4. Comfortable

5. Spread Some Love

6. Theatre Love

7. I'm Gettin' Even Wit Cha

8. Forever More

9. The Best Of Two World

10. Let Me Be Me

11. It's Over Now

12. Somebody's Gotta Do It

13. Need It

14. It's Over Now (Reprise)

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. Natural High

3. Never Let You Go

5. Outside Woman

6. Let Me Ride

7. The Traffic Cop (Dance)

8. That's Not How It Goes

9. Little Linda

10. My Little Lady

14. Give Me Your Heart

15. Do You Wanna Do A Thing

16. We Go A Long Way Back

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Track List: We Go A Long Way Back

1. Go On And Cry

3. We Go A Long Way Back

4. Funkin' Around

5. My Kind Of Woman

6. My Love Grows Stronger

7. Nite Time Fun

9. We Go A Long Way Back

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To slick nickem my grandkids are now discovering what good music is lol
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Oldies songs have so much meaning... not like todays music!!!
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I,told my two son's its o.k. to cry. I love this song.I have gave this advice ..to each of them.also never raise a finger to them.I'm a woman also.I am old school"".
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In joy beautiful music
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Beautiful music
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Remember Delancy St Itialia net's playboys shark skins redlite basement PARTIES the grine the 500 ,5000 early 70's
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It was rough times back in the 60's where Bloodstone n I grew up. They were inspiration to me. Always proud of what they accomplished !
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The most a good old songs and junior high school at the noon dance with you girl having fun dancing at lunch time goto songs indiana high school unknown dance with you girl have a porn dance in a much time portable grill
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Grew up with bloodstone love their sounds
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High school memories for days n nights...mmm , mmm, mmm
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Love this group as they are from my hometown KC!
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lizabdiaz
Love this song brings back memories
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WTF IS UR NAME HUH?? WHY THE KID GAMES!! GROW TFU!! IF U CANT HANDLE THAT THEN UR NOT WORTH MY FKN TIME AT ALL!!
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natural high....that ' s my jam!
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The blood stone. Songs. Are nice to hear. Always. I've. Listened. To. Them. Since. The. Seventy. Until. Now
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True love music
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gcolemansr79
Bloodstone' lead singer was awesome man
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I'm new too this
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Bloodstone.. . . l o v e these guys
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Me an a man go along way'!!!!! .
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Good morning to all the Pandora music family members. I am back in the loop once again... Love you all take care and . stay tuned. In . may bless you all abundantly.
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I love this song . This is real music that tells a story . True skills with beautiful voices.
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When I was good to you, you used to laugh at me.
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When music was music
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never heard this long i like it nice
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When music had meaning
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Keep it up ok
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KC's OWN Bloodstone!
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Too smooth!!
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Alex150
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Love you
Lydia
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Good music rite here.frfr
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dprice298
Never sung a song I did not like still listen to their music to this day great sounding group
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This group of talented individuals are quite simply...DA BOMB...BOOM�
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I take too the sky....
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Always listening words are the beging of our action que no
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Listen to the words
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Go on and cry!!! Best song ever
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Love all their music
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I love it. If I had knew at that time that I sit by a member of Bloodstone. I would not put my money in the machine. I would have them singing to me all night long. that the first song i liked by them but Outside Woman would become a true story.
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Love this one
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Sometimes i wonder if im being laughed at again. I got wall up this time tho.
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vstone5
I love this song! It brings back found memories.
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One hell of a song love it that's on the real
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Love this song.
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Give me a good feeling of what was in the past ., missing her more every day!
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I. Grew up listing 2 these guys. The best
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Looking to my future, FORGETTING ABOUT MY PAST! SAYS IT ALL STRAIGHT TO THE POINT..
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I love my Dusties
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