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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: Party

1. Bloodstone's Party

2. Feel the Heat

3. Contagious

4. Men Need Tenderness Too

5. Instant Love

6. It Feels So Good (With You)

7. I Adore You

8. Why Be the First One Home

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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 Essentials: Bloodstone

1. Natural High

2. Never Let You Go

3. Outside Woman

4. My Little Lady

5. That's Not How It Goes

6. Give Me Your Heart

7. Do You Wanna Do A Thing

8. Just Like In The Movies

9. I Need Time

10. Unreal

11. Closer Together

12. Something

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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: The Ultimate Collection

1. Who Has The Last Laugh Now

2. You're Still A Young Man

3. Hypnotized

4. I'll Be Holding On

5. Natural High (Extended Version)

6. We Go A Long Way Back

7. I Love You For All Seasons

8. It Should Have Been Me

9. Tell Her

10. Outside Woman

11. Show The World

12. Mary

13. I Love You

14. The Tables Have Turned

15. Do Me

16. Night Flight

17. Never Let You Go

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Track List: We Go A Long Way Back

1. Go On And Cry

2. How Does It Feel

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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Track List: Do You Wanna Do A Thing

1. Stand Up, Let's Party

2. If You Wanna Be My Baby

3. Just Like In The Movies

4. Do You Wanna Do A Thing

5. Shake The Building

6. This Is It

7. When We're Doin' It

8. Give Me Your Heart

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almabluebird
I'm holding on
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WE GO A LONG WAY BACK BABY MELVIN
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I am broken hearted because of you so I am getting even with you bady one day but not to day causes I love you .Love Always Frenchie.❤️⚔
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omg I was in 5th grade had a crush on a boy name Steven! he was a sixth grader! he never knew it tho!
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Lupe here anther song we dance to we danced our hearts out but we have fun .Love always Lupe & Frenchie ❤️⚔️❤️⚔️����
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Well Lupe we have our lives to live but I don't regret my life I am true to my self but you haven't bady I am true to you always . Lupe & Frenchie. ❤️⚔️❤️⚔️���� L o v e you to time end ��
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Lupe you fine me on Pandora radio ok you fine sweet righting to you so bady read them.Love always Frenchie ❤️❤️⚔️⚔️����
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Lupe remember this song fire & D by Rick James man this song is for you . Love always your loving Man Frenchie ❤️❤️❤️❤️⚔️⚔️
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U and me go way back ... 1997


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Man I wish that we made it but it happens .lupe I would made you happy if you gave us a chance but listen to your friends well you were young lady at 15 and half year I was 21 yrs when I met you remember you fell in love in me so did I way not give me chance . Frenchie your lover always.❤️❤️❤
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Like this song bady it for you listen to it ok ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️�� !
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I know you remember when trying to love me wasn't easy, but you stuck in there and we made it....we made it.
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Lupe remember this song my darling bday bday you are my special lady. Love you alway gril your man Frenchie . It's not that I don't love you it because it hurts so much.
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Love this song. Gr8 memories
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dillardrenee 6 3
The music of your heart
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Natural High ... This is a jam...
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Go on my grandson and cry . Your still so young. Everything is going to be fine!!! Love you so much. Your my everything!! !
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Love this song, reminds me of my love I lost ten months ago on this day1-9-17.We go a long way back 40 some years back. Missing you and never forget you my love !!! Till then my love!!!!! Soon
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love these guys
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I was introduced to the Bloodstones by my older brother, who was 11years my senior. He has passed away and these songs bring back very fond memories of the good soul music that I grew up on.
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Nice song smooth voice listen to the sound track nice song.
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I played this song so much, my neighbors complained to the building manager on a daily basis.☺ I didn't care, I loved we go a long way back. I loved Bloodstone more!
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Hey Lupe remember went to my friend's house that went we made love gril I never for get you we made love to miss jone 'a I will never forget love always lupe!
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The summer of 1973 what wonderful memories of that era nothing else like it
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Natural High-one of the great songs-still love it.
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nancyweissbe i n
Love this song, who has the last laugh now!
Gets to your heart/soul deep down.
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Soul
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Yesss theirs nothing like old school for the grown & sexy folks
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db_rollin64
Bloodstone.. . . . Natural High is still my JAM!! ♥♪♫♥
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One of the baddest group to belt out a melody
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Nice! Even better with wine
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The high school prom for the love i give to you .
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owlsfan59
Actually, in my opinion, How does it feel, was their signature hit.
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Oh yes!!
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Ole cut for the 70's. We Go A Long Way Back...... still a jam..
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That hit's right in the heart and soul, wow
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Rip Rene will love u forever
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How did I not know they were from my home town! Slow dancing and grinding music...lol
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Memories keeps us going through hards times !!!!:)
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This song was out the first time you came to my house that was the first time i made love and it was with you ricky I'll never forget you love you always baby
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will always love that song
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Nothing could ever beat this kind of music....... . not ever
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Just enjoying the moment right now
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How far does (one).....,G O BACK for a beginning of being happy.For a sake of constant 'madness???? ? ? '
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Bloodstone still feeds my bones... wow... fire and higher feelings. .. they inspired dreams, still .
This revives . Re-Vibing This!!
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they don't make music like this anymore; oldies,but goodies
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A Beautiful Song!!!
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Ain't No Doubt ~ Old School Rules ~ Edison High ~ Stockton, Cali ~ Class of 1972
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How far back?
Try......... . T h e 'Ark'.Restin g on top of Mountain ARIRAT...... . .
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This is how I feel about my husband
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