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The Very Best of Bloodstone

The Very Best of Bloodstone

by BloodstoneBloodstone


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Bloodstone's stomping ground was Kansas City by way of Los Angeles and England, but the soul outfit sounded more like they were from Detroit by way of Philadelphia. While Motor City groups like the Temptations and the Dramatics were a major influence on Bloodstone, these soulsters also did some of their best work when they were thinking more along the lines of the Moments, the Stylistics, and Blue Magic. A fine illustration of Bloodstone's flexibility, this 1997 release spans 1972-1982 and ranges from heavenly Thom Bell-ish ballads like "Natural High," "Outside Woman," and "Give Me Your Heart" to such funky, Detroit-minded smokers as "Take These Chains" and "Tell It to My Face." Very Best also gives you everything from the cutesy "My Little Lady" to the overlooked gem "Little Linda," which describes a young woman's addiction to hard drugs. The slicker, more disco-ish cuts (including "Train Ride") aren't as strong as some of the other material, but even at their second and third best, Bloodstone was enjoyable. And at their best, the group was outstanding.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227275327
catalogNumber: 72753
Rank: 27449


  1. Natural High
  2. Take These Chains
  3. Never Let You Go
  4. Tell It to My Face
  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
  11. Wasted Time
  12. Train Ride
  13. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl)
  14. Give Me Your Heart
  15. Do You Wanna Do a Thing
  16. We Go a Long Way Back

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bloodstone   Primary Artist
Darryl Clifton   Drums
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gordon DeWitte   Organ,Keyboards
Roger Durham   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Ferrone   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar
McKinley Jackson   Conductor
Charles Love   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Charles McCormick   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Hense Powell   Keyboards
Eddie Summers   Drums
Bill Upchurch   Bass
Melvin Webb   Drums
Harry Wilkins   Bass,Guitar
Pip Williams   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
Pete Wingfield   Keyboards
Willis Draffen   Guitar,Vocals
Harold Williams   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bloodstone   Producer
Ernie Isley   Executive Producer
Mike Vernon   Producer
Chris Jasper   Executive Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Roger Durham   Producer
Marvin Isley   Executive Producer
O'Kelly Isley   Executive Producer
Ronald Isley   Executive Producer
Rudolph Isley   Executive Producer
McKinley Jackson   Arranger,Producer
Charles Love   Composer,Producer
Charles McCormick   Composer,Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Producer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Willis Draffen   Composer,Producer
Joe Young   Composer
Harold Williams   Producer
Sylvester Anthony   Producer
Harry Williams   Composer
Tony Sylvester   Producer
George Braunstein   Producer

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