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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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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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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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Go on and cry , go on and cry ..... because that all i do till my tears dry up...Missing you on this day so much 8/9/16, 5 Months that you have been gone!!! :'( :'( :'(
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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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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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Beautiful. Song!!!
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Old school is so smooth
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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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Great cruising music with the one you love ; )
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Sweet memories
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Lots of memories with x girl friend
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I love them old jams
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AWESOME STILL....... .
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I remember long way back it was good time. back then
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Awesome voices. ....we go a long way back! Bales! !!
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THIS ARE THE JAMS
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This is beautiful music
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Rico ������������
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To taylormary20 0 9 . Back at you girl with love too
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Boy this song gives me a least a dozen different good vibes!
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best high u could ever ask for!!!��
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These groups can never be duplicated!! ! ! ! Thank God for being from this era!!## The Best of my generation.
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Slow danceing
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This is very good,
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If you're into smooth try my pandora stations....
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Look for unsung of bloodstone.. .
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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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