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Saturday, January 17, 2015


Collection of 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. Allmusic by Dave Marsh

Album: Bloodstone (1972)

01. Sadie Mae
02. Take These Chains
03. You Don't Mean Nothin'
04. Little Green Apples
05. This Thing Is Heavy
06. Friendship
07. Lady Of The Night
08. Dumb Dude

Album: Natural High (1973)

01. You Know We've Learned
02. Who Has the Last Laugh Now
03. Peter's Jones
04. That's the Way We Make Our Music
05. Damn That Rock & Roll: Bo Diddley/Diddley Daddy
06. Natural High
07. I Need Your Love
08. Tell It to My Face
09. Ran It in the Ground
10. Never Let You Go
11. Girl (You Look So Fine)
12. Judy, Judy
13. Sadie Mae
14. Take These Chains
15. You Don't Mean Nothin'
16. Little Green Apples

Album: Unreal (1974)

01. Outside Woman
02. What Did You Do to Me?, Pt. 1 & 2
03. Unreal
04. Everybody Needs Love
05. Something
06. Keep Our Own Thing Together
07. Let Me Ride
08. The Traffic Cop (Dance)
09. Moulded Oldies

Album: I Need Time (1974)

01. Closer Together
02. Funky Park
03. That's Not How It Goes
04. Out Of My Life
05. Loving You Is Just A Pastime
06. I Need Time
07. Little Linda
08. Believe You Now
09. Get Up (Or Get Out)
10. We Did It

Album: Riddle Of The Sphinx (1975)

01. Intro - Proposed The Sphinx
02. For The First Time
03. I Just Learned To Walk
04. Sign For Me Dad
05. My Little Lady
06. Something's Missing
07. A Time For Reflection
08. This World Is Funky
09. Young Times, Old Times
10. Wasted Time (Theme From 'Riddle Of The Sphinx')
11. Nobody But You
12. Save Me
13. The Still

Album: Do You Wanna Do A Thing (1976)

01. Stand Up, Let's Party
02. If You Wanna Be My Baby
03. Just Like In The Movies
04. Do You Wanna Do A Thing
05. Shake The Building
06. This Is It
07. When We're Doin' It
08. Give Me Your Heart

Album: Lullaby Of Broadway (1976)

01. Lullaby Of Broadway
02. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
03. On The Street Where You Live
04. I Guess I'll Get The Paper And Go Home
05. Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
06. I Found A Million Dollar Baby
07. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
08. Baby Face
09. Cheek To Cheek
10. Prisoner Of Love

Album: Train Ride To Hollywood (1976)

01. As Time Goes By
02. Yakety Yak
03. Train Ride
04. What Do I Have To Do
05. Hooray For Romance
06. Rock & Roll Choo Choo
07. Go To Sleep
08. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye
09. I'm In Shape
10. Sh-Boom
11. Money (That's What I Want)

Album: Dont Stop! (1978)

01. Don't Stop
02. I'm Just Doing My Job
03. Throw a Little Bit of Love My Way
04. It's All Been Said Before
05. She Wants to Hear the Words
06. Just Wanna Get the Feel of It
07. You Bring Out the Best in Me
08. It's Been a Long Time

Album: We Go A Long Way Back (1982)

01. Go On And Cry
02. How Does It Feel
03. We Go A Long Way Back
04. Funkin' Around
05. My Kind Of Woman
06. My Love Grows Stronger
07. Nite Time Fun

Album: Party (1984)

01. Bloodstone's Party
02. Feel The Heat
03. Contagious
04. Men Need Tenderness Too
05. Instant Love
06. It Feel So Good (With You)
07. I Adore You
08. Why By The First One Home

Album: The Ultimate Collection (1996)

01. Who Has the Last Laugh Now
02. You're Still a Young Man
03. Hypnotized
04. I'll Be Holding On
05. Natural High
06. We Go a Long Way Back
07. I Love You for All Seasons
08. It Should Have Been Me
09. 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

Album: Go On And Cry (1999)

01. Go On And Cry
02. How Does It Feel
03. We Go A Long Way Back
04. My Kind Of Woman
05. Nite Time Fun
06. My Love Grows Stronger
07. Funkin' Around
08. Bloodstone's Party
09. Instant Love
10. It Feels So Good {With You)


Billy Ocean

Collection of Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean was one of the first Caribbean singers to be embraced by MTV, resulting in a string of Top Ten hits during the mid-'80s. Born Leslie Charles in Trinidad on January 21, 1950, Ocean moved to England at the age of eight, and by his teenaged years, was singing regularly in London clubs. During this time, Ocean paid the bills by working at Ford Motors, but continued to pen songs and perform, as he issued an obscure debut single in 1974 under the name of Scorched Earth. But by 1975, the singer had dropped his alias and was going by Billy Ocean, resulting in a self-titled debut that spawned the singer's first hit single, "Love Really Hurts Without You," peaking on the singles chart at number two in the United Kingdom and number 22 in the United States. Ocean continued to issue albums (1980's City Limit, 1981's Nights (Feel Like Getting Down), and 1982's Inner Feelings) plus further singles, with "L.O.D. (Love on Delivery)" and the title track from Nights (the latter of which crossed over onto the U.S. R&B charts) being sizeable hits; as he also began penning songs for other artists, including a track on LaToya Jackson's 1980 self-titled debut.

But breakthrough success was just around the corner for Ocean, as he scored a massive hit single in 1984 with "Caribbean Queen," a track that shot to the top of the charts worldwide. Depending on the region, the song's title and lyrics were changed slightly, resulting in the tune being known as "African Queen" and "European Queen" in other parts of the world, while the album it was taken from, Suddenly, was eventually certified double platinum (a few other singles, "Loverboy" and the ballad "Suddenly," were also successful). Ocean's winning streak continued with 1986's Love Zone (another double-platinum hit), which spawned a pair of hit singles: "When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" (which was used as the theme song to the movie Jewel of the Nile), which peaked at number two, and the number-one "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)." 1988 saw Ocean score another number-one single with "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," taken from the platinum album Tear Down These Walls. But afterward, the hits dried up for Ocean (although his 1989 collection, Greatest Hits, has been a steady seller over the years), as such further albums as Time to Move On, L.I.F.E., and Showdown failed to spawn hits. Allmusic by Greg Prato

Album: Billy Ocean (1976)

01. Tell Him To Move Over
02. Stop Me (If You've Heard It All Before)
03. Let's Put Our Emotions In Motion
04. Let's Do It All Again
05. Love Really Hurts Without You
06. Whose Little Girl Are You
07. Soul Rock
08. One Kiss Away
09. Hungry For Love
10. Eye Of A Storm
11. L.O.D. (Love On Delivery)
12. Cream On The Top
13. You're Running Out Of Fools
14. Mr.Business Man
15. Red Light Spells Danger
16. Sweet Memories

Album: City Limit (1980)

01. Stay The Night
02. What You Doing To Me
03. Who's Gonna Rock You
04. Are You Ready
05. City Limit
06. Maybe Tonight
07. Whatever Turns You On
08. Taking Chances
09. American Hearts

Album: Nights (Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (1981)

01. Are You Ready
02. Don't Say Stop
03. Whatever Turns You on
04. Another Day Won't Matter
05. Nights (Feel Like Getting Down
06. Who's Gonna Rock You
07. Stay the Night
08. Everlasting Love
09. Taking Chances
10. Stay the Night (Extended)

Album: Inner Feelings (1982)

01. Calypso Funkin'
02. Rock-A-Bye Baby
03. No Matter What
04. Dance With Me
05. I Can't Stop
06. Trying To Get Through
07. Mind Games
08. Was It You
09. Inner Feelings

Album: Suddenly (1984)

01. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
02. Mystery Lady
03. Syncopation
04. The Long And Winding Road
05. Loverboy
06. Lucky Man
07. Dance Floor
08. If I Should Lose You
09. Suddenly

Album: Love Zone (1986)

01. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
02. Love Zone
03. Withou You
04. There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
05. Bittersweet
06. It's Never Too Late To Try
07. Showdown
08. Promise Me
09. Love Is Forever

Album: Tear Down These Walls (1988)

01. Tear Down These Walls
02. Gun For Hire
03. Stand And Deliver
04. The Colour Of Love
05. Calypso Crazy
06. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
07. Soon As You're Ready
08. Pleasure
09. Because Of You
10. Here's To You

Album: Greatest Hits (1989)

01. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
02. License To Chill
03. Carribean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
04. There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
05. Loverboy
06. Suddenly
07. Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car
08. Love Zone
09. Here's To You
10. I Sleep Much Better (In Someone Else's Bed)
11. The Colour Of Love
12. Tear Down These Walls
13. Mystery Lady

Album: Time To Move On (1993)

01. Pick Up The Pieces (Put It Back)
02. Pressure
03. Upside Down
04. Everyday Sunshine
05. Stand Up Stand Up
06. The World Wants To Dance
07. Time To Move On
08. Rose
09. Can We Go 'Round Again
10. Everything's So Different Without You
11. I'll Be There For You
12. On Your Knees

Album: Ultimate Collection (2004)

01. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
02. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
03. There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
04. Loverboy
05. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
06. Suddenly
07. Love Is Forever
08. Mystery Lady
09. Love Zone
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. The Colour Of Love
12.License To Chill
13. Everything's So Different Without You
14. Can We Go 'round Again
15. Love Really Hurts Without You
16. L.O.D. (Love On Delivery)
17. Red Light Spells Danger
18. Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)

Album: Because I Love You (2009)

01. Everything To Me
02. Baby Don't Go
03. Happy Refrain
04. I Remember
05. My Lady
06. The Question Is
07.Because I Love You
08. Can't Take It
09. Tenderness
10. Father Returns
11. Rastafari
12. Can't Take It (Remix Bonus Track)
13. Boogie (Bonus Track)

Album: The Very Best Of (2010)

01. When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)
02. Suddenly
03. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
04. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
05. Love Really Hurts Without You
06. Red Light Spells Danger
07. Stop Me (If You've Heard It All Before)
08. There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
09. Loverboy
10. L.O.D. (Love On Delivery)
11. The Long & Winding Road
12. Love Is Forever
13. Calypso Crazy
14. Are You Ready
15. Bitter Sweet
16. Mystery Lady
17. Love Zone
18. The Colour Of Love


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jeffrey Osborne

Collection of Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as "Don't You Get So Mad," "Stay With Me Tonight," and "Love Power," which he performed with Dionne Warwick.

Born in Providence, RI, Jeffrey Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was constantly bombarded with music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. His father, Clarence "Legs" Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, and died when Jeffrey was only 13. His mother, Wanita, is ancestored by a Pequot Indian sachem. His oldest brother, Clay Osborne, is a singer and pianist, and Billy, another brother, is a songwriter and producer in Los Angeles. But Osborne's father had the greatest influence on his musical career; Clarence "Legs" Osborne turned down many top band offers during his career to be with his family. It was only after receiving his mother's encouragement that Jeffrey left for Los Angeles to play with L.T.D. At the age of 15, he sat in with the O'Jays when the drummer was too tired to play, and went on to play with them for two weeks. It was at a Providence nightclub that fate brought him together with the band Love Men Ltd. in 1969.

Osborne's solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums, including Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram, and scored an international hit with "On the Wings of Love" in 1982. Osborne's touring and recording continue to keep him busy much of the time, but he also devotes some of his time to charity work. by Kim Summers (Allmusic)

Album: Jeffrey Osborne (1982)

01. New Love
02. Eenie Meenie
03. I Really Don't Need No Light
04. On The Wings Of Love
05. Ready For Your Love
06. Who You Talkin' To
07. You Were Made To Love
08. Ain't Nothin' Missin'
09. Baby
10. Congratulations

Album: Stay With Me Tonight (1983)

01. Don't You Get So Mad
02. We're Going All The Way
03. Stay With Me Tonight
04. Greatest Love Affair
05. Plane Love
06. Other Side Of The Coin
07. I'll Make Believe
08. When Are You Comin' Back
09. Forever Mine
10. Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right

Album: Don't Stop (1984)

01. Don't Stop
02. Let Me Know
03. The Borderlines
04. The Power
05. Is It Right
06. You Can't Be Serious
07. Crazy 'Bout 'Cha
08. Hot Coals
09. Live For Today

Album: Emotional (1986)

01. We Belong To Love
02. You Should Be Mine (Woo Woo Song)
03. Soweto
04. In Your Eyes
05. Room With A View
06. Who Would Have Guessed
07. Emotional
08. A Second Chance
09. Love's Not Ready
10. Come Midnight

Album: One Love: One Dream (1988)

01. One Love - One Dream
02. All Because Of You
03. She's On The Left
04. Can't Go Back On A Promise
05. True Believers
06. La Cuenta, Por Favor
07. The Family
08. My Heart Can't Wait
09. (You Can't Get) Love From A Stone
10. Cindy

Album: Only Human (1991)

01. If My Brother's In Trouble
02. Only Human
03. Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
04. The Morning After I Made Love To You
05. Lay Your Head
06. Baby Wait A Minute
07. Sending You A Love Song
08. Feel Like Making Love
09. Back In Your Arms
10. Nitetime
11. Getting Better All The Time

Album: Ultimate Collection (1999)

01. Love Ballad
02. Holding On (When The Love Is Gone)
03. We Both Deserve Each Other's Love
04. On The Wings Of Love
05. Don't You Get So Mad
06. I Really Don't Need No Light
07. Stay With Me Tonight
08. She's On The Left
09. Plane Love (12_ Mix)
10. You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)
11. We're Going All The Way
12. The Last Time I Made Love
13. Don't Stop
14. The Borderlines
15. Love Power
16. Only Human
17. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again (12_ Mix)

Album: That's For Sure (2000)

01. 2nd Time Around
02. Kreepin'
03. That's For Sure
04. I'll Do It All For Love
05. Can't Find An Easy Way
06. Soft And Slow
07. Work That Body
08. Call My Name
09. Come With Me
10. All My Money
11. Was It Something I Said
12. Love Ballad [Live]

Album: Love Songs (2001)

01. Eenie Meenie
02.. I'll Make Believe
03. Greatest Love Affair
04. We're Going All the Way
05. Concentrate on You
06. In Your Eyes
07. That's for Sure
08. We Both Deserve Each Other's Love
09. True Believers
10. Getting Better All the Time
11. On the Wings of Love
12. You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)
13. Crazy 'Bout 'Cha
14. Only Human
15. My Heart Can Wait Forever
16. Share My Love
17. Let Me Know
18. Love Ballad

Album: Music Is Life (2003)

01. Music Is Life
02. Rest of Our Lives
03. Paradise
04. Say You've Had Enough
05. When You Loved Me
06. Caller Id
07. Stranger
08. Her Kisses
09. Pretty Thing
10. I Don't Know
11. One Love
12. Love the Pain Away
13. Ain't No More

Album: From The Soul (2005)

01. Close The Door
02. Till You Come Back To Me
03. Yes I'm Ready
04. For What It's Worth
05. People Get Ready
06. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
07. Knocks Me Off My Feet
08. Every Little Bit Hurts
09. All At Once


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