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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

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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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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I need that natural high
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I'm young but I grew up on these oldies...the y are the best. Way better than what's being played now
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The brothers can straight out Blow!!!!
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You and me we go a long way back ricky love you forever baby
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Listen to me..I love you more
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Back In The Day!!!!, If the harmonize day they would like bloodstone, The Intruders, Blue Magic, Oh! And The Mad Lads just too name a few!!
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They should bring this type of music back,.Maybe today. youth will calm down...
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billiot.vond a
One for the ex. " But he don't even know you " !! Same old B S like enough already !!! Find you a woman already !!!!
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Ricky you and me go a long way back now i want to how much further we could go love you baby
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Still Hanging with HARRY BLESS YOU MAN!!!
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Smooth
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gloriaarberr y
If! You Gone Cry! Why Not Listen To Something, As Bomb Az This S**t?
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Soul
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I love you blacksutone
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love this song bring back memories ��������
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One of my ole time favorites!
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Where is the 2000 album "Now that's what I'm talking about" love that song!
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Love you so much. Wett wett my. Baby.�������
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My first LOVE MAKING SONG
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Old school is so smooth
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oneowlami
Love their music��
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Sometimes u have too.
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I love all old school music��
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Love the band it take back want I loved a girl in1973.
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This brings back special thoughts of that time
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Natural High ......
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Great memories from back in the day!
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ALL my ex sanging this to me~~~ ALL 3 of 'em...
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We,do so go a long way back.??
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