Bloodstone – Natural High (1973/1996)

Bloodstone - Natural High (1973/1996)
Artist: Bloodstone
Album: Natural High
Genre: Funk, Soul
Label: Rhino
Released: 1973/1996
Quality: WavPack (image+.cue)
Tracklist:
You Know We’ve Learned [Draffen] (4:12)
Who Has the Last Laugh Now [McCormick] (5:36)
Peter’s Jones [Durham, Durham] (4:11)
That’s the Way We Make Our Music [Summers] (3:15)
Damn That Rock & Roll: Bo Diddley/Diddley Daddy [Diddley, Fuqua, McDaniel] (3:36)
Natural High [McCormick, Powers] (4:52)
I Need Your Love [McCormick] (1:09)
Tell It to My Face [Love] (3:15)
Ran It in the Ground [Love] (4:52)
Never Let You Go [Fuqua, Gaye, Williams] (5:37)

Bonus tracks:
Girl (You Look So Fine) [Summers] (2:38)
Judy, Judy [Summers] (2:44)
Sadie Mae [Summers] (3:02)
Take These Chains [Summers] (2:53)
You Don’t Mean Nothin’ [McCormick] (3:39)
Little Green Apples [Russell] (9:14)

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The bulk of this is their debut album from 1972, featuring everything from a Bo Diddley medley to gospel-bred harmonies to Hendrix-derived guitar licks. Plus the hit, a beautiful fusion of all the above in the form of a sweet’n’dreamy soul ballad. The best early-’70s Isley Brothers album that the Isley Brothers didn’t make themselves. (And believe me, there were plenty trying.) This reissue includes a previously uncollected 1972 single (“Girl (You Look So Fine)”/”Judy, Judy”) and four outtakes, including a bizarre yet respectful “Little Green Apples.” The annotation by Wayne Edwards is superb, and the discography complete.
Review by Dave Marsh

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