Monday, September 8, 2014
Bloodstone Unreal London 1973
Kansas City's Bloodstone is on point on this album. Typically speaking, people really only spend time with their hit and album of the same, Natural High. However, their material throughout the 70's is all worthwhile.
This album is pretty slick and smooth, definitely a 70's soul album. The band is usually credited as bringing a bit of rock into the soul sound, but for the first side, not much of that is found. The title track, "Unreal" is a highlight and penned by Charles Love of the band. Most the tunes here are in fact, penned by the group. The album picks up the pace on the final track of Side 1, "Everybody Needs Love," which leads into a more uptempo Side 2. The second side starts with the Beatles, "Something," and followed up with same smoothness but a lot more emphasis on the guitar, bass, and funk (see the song sequence of "Let Me Ride" into "The Traffic Cop," it's perfect). They let loose a little more on Side 2 for sure and show the rock aspect to their music more clearly.
Overall, solid album and one of the band's best. And...the cover. It's got a rainbow with the band on horseback, if only they were mounting unicorns, it'd be perfect.
Let Me Ride