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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, Rovi
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I love bloodstone awsome.
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Bring back so much things to think about
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THE WORDS ARE SO ROMANTIC TO DANCE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE!!!
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How can you play Ran It In The Ground and not play Never Let You Go following it. It really should have been recorded as one song.
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Way back
In my days
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Cecelia_porr a z I didn't know you left comments too! Lmao !
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Fill me wit all of ur charm
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olivererika7 5 . e o
Them boys
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these them n........
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ALL GOOD BABY MAkin songs OLD school
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Man that is one bad jam blood stone was the real deal. And if you were lucky to be around then well let's say oh yeah! ! Jam on! !
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TAKE TO THE SKY---ON A NATUAL HIGH! YEAH--BLOODS T O N E : RQ/rlh
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WOW OLD SCHOOL*****
PLAY ON Dedicated Grown Folks
Parents Aunts Uncles Older Cousins
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cauricetitus
bloodstones like no other
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I STAY HIGH...
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Love listing to oldies brings back a lot of memories
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Beautiful memories.Mus i c will never be the same.
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Sexy
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This is my doc with my ex ... I use to dance this besuiful song for him ...dammmm how I miss him.
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Brings back so many memories..
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A true friendship in this song.
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this song is so true!!!
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This is a beautiful song. Been there are not. It broke me down before I had a boyfriend. Never knowing it may be in the future. Make sure to check Fly Away.
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Love Bloodstone!! ! ! So smooth...rea l music!
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To Zelda I miss your friendship ❗this song is a reminder.
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Loving Bloodstone for real.....She l l 1 9 6 5
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Me an my wife Love This....She' s been my Heart for 30 This year
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Ms Anna Cunningham, if I could turn back the hands of time, I would do what is required of man to treat the Lady of his life with all the love and respect she's due, I miss you
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And I don't even know u
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You may laugh give it up haha
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maryl.leydon
Ooooh Charles! Charles Love, your beautiful high voice, I was blown away when I heard you sing Little Green Apples! Why do we not have groups like Bloodstone anymore!
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Natural high ....why do I keep my mind on you all the time and I don't even know you .........
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This group puts me in a place i can't discribe
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Take To The Sky On Ur Natural High!!
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The influence of the greatest groups of the 1960's is all over & w/in this groups music. But like ALL groups of the 1970's, they had their own 'branded' interpretati o n of how R&B should sound. Note the 'jazzy' middle passage, that changes tempo, melodic keys & YES Sasha, that AWESOME ending, that reflects the cross-over hybrids that pop & R&B had morphed into... Great, GREAT song from an unbelievable music era...
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natural high
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I love your old jam.
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This was one of the song that created or should I say, help start the slow dance, known as the, Slow Drag, remember when, I know I do, damn !!!
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Love the ending of this song when the beat changes..
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This is real singing. Compare to the fake stuff we have today.
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who has the last laugh now
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pmartin585
Love this song remembering soviet union from nola
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Classic!
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This explain itself.
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Bloodstone>> Who Has The Last Laugh Now x♥x♥x♥x♥x♥x♥ x
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Why do I feel this way
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Are you gonna laugh
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Love them
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maryweisse0
This is the real deal and never gets to be old school.
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