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    Artist: Bloodrock
    Release: KPBX 91.1FM : Johnson's Improbable History Of Pop Presents Bloodrock
    Genre: Heavy Rock/Proto-Metal/Hard Rock/Progressive/Classic Rock
    Country: USA (Fort Worth, Texas)
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    BLOODROCK : KPBX 91.1FM : Johnson's Improbable History Of Pop Presents Bloodrock (1970-1975) USA
    Originally Broadcast on KPBX 91.1FM on 12/05/2012

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    Presented by John Johnson & Ben Upham

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    BLOODROCK were an American Heavy Rock band, based in Fort Worth, Texas, that had considerable success in the 1970s.
    Initially formed in Fort Worth in 1963 under the name THE NATURALS, their first lineup featured Jim Rutledge on drums & vocals, Nick Taylor on guitar & vocals, Ed Grundy on bass & vocals and Dean Parks on guitar.
    They released their first single in 1965 "Hey Girl" b/w "I Want You" on Rebel Records.
    Shortly thereafter they changed their name to CROWD + 1 and released three more singles; "Mary Ann Regrets” b/w "Whatcha Tryin’ to Do to Me", "Don’t Hold Back" b/w "Try," and "Circles" b/w “Most Peculiar Things."
    In 1967, Parks left Crowd +1 to become the musical director for The Sonny & Cher Show (the beginning of a long career as a session musician).
    He was replaced by Lee Pickens, with Stevie Hill also joining the group on keyboards & vocals.
    They continued as Crowd + 1 until 1969, (though some fans of the band recall the band briefly calling themselves TEXAS), when they changed their name to Bloodrock, at the suggestion of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD manager/producer Terry Knight.
    They also recorded their first album, the Terry Knight produced 'Bloodrock' released by Capitol Records in 1970.
    The album peaked at #160 on the Billboard 200 chart.
    The album included three songs written by Texan guitarist John Nitzinger of the band NITZINGER, who would continue to contribute material for Bloodrock throughout the band's early career, with Nitzinger songs appearing on each of their first 5 albums.
    After 3 albums with Nitzinger, John Nitzinger would go on to play with Carl Palmer in 1PM, and enjoyed a stint in ALICE COOPER's band.
    In 1970, Jim Rutledge moved from behind the Bloodrock drum set to take on lead vocal duties exclusively.
    Rick Cobb took over the percussive duties and added his voice to the group as well, with this lineup recording the next four Bloodrock albums.
    'Bloodrock 2' was to prove the most successful album of the band's career, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Album Chart in 1971, on the back of their freak hit single 'D.O.A.' which reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1971.
    'D.O.A.' also gave the band considerable regional exposure throughout the Southwest and West, particularly in Texas and Southern California.
    'D.O.A.' was probably the band's most well known and well remembered song.
    The motivation for writing the song was explained in 2005 by guitarist Lee Pickens.
    “When I was 17, I wanted to be an airline pilot,” Pickens said, “I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine, at this little airport, and I watched him take off.
    He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed.”
    The band decided to write a song around the incident and included it on their second album, which eventually went gold.
    Two more studio albums, '3' and 'U.S.A.', and a double live set, 'Live', failed to sell as well as hoped & thus the seeds of the band's demise were duly sown.
    However, these were the years during which the band became a formidible must-see concert attraction, with the band sharing festival, arena & concert hall stages with a who's who of '70's musical talent.
    Starting out their touring life as the opening act for Grand Funk on a lengthy U.S. tour, the band later played with THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, BLACK SABBATH, B.B. KING, ALICE COOPER, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, FLEETWOOD MAC, THE BYRDS, J. GEILS BAND, THE FACES, SAVOY BROWN, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, URIAH HEEP, JOHNNY WINTER, SPIRIT, TEN YEARS AFTER, BOB SEGER, MOUNTAIN, PROCUL HARUM, MOTT THE HOOPLE, ZEPHYR, CACTUS, MAHOGANY RUSH, TRAFFIC, THE STOOGES, CANNED HEAT & BROWNSVILLE STATION, to name but a few.
    In 1972 Lee Pickens left Bloodrock to form THE LEE PICKENS GROUP, releasing the album 'L.P.G." in 1973 on Capitol Records.
    Jim Rutlege retired from music for a while, before releasing a 1976 solo album on Capitol Records entitled "Hooray For Good Times".
    Rutlege was replaced in the Bloodrock ranks by Warren Ham in early 1972.
    The subsequent album, the progressively leaning 'Passage' was the last time Bloodrock visited the charts, peaking at #104 on the Billboard 200 in 1972.
    1973 brought another personnel change with Rick Cobb vacating the drum stool and Randy Reader taking his place.
    This new line up recorded 1974's entirely progressive rock styled 'Whirlwind Tongues' album.
    The end of the road for Bloodrock finally came in 1975, with Randy Reader leaving the group, and Capitol rejecting the already recorded album, 'Unspoken Words' and dropping the band.
    That album, featuring a line up now including Bill Ham and Matt Betton, remained unreleased until 2000, where it was included as part of the double CD release 'Triptych' (along with 'Passage' and 'Whirlwind Tongues').
    The original line-up of Bloodrock reconvened for a run of half-a-dozen shows to pay off some of the band's debts & promote the recently released compilation LP 'Bloodrock-n-Roll', before the bandname was finally laid to rest.
    Despite their profile in the early 70's Bloodrock had gradually become almost forgotten until the CD era introduced a discerning new generation of music fans to the bands back catalogue.
    This coincided with several cover versions of Bloodrock material being recorded by the likes of THE FUZZTONES, MANILLA ROAD, TESLA & PENANCE.
    With the advent of the internet even more people began discovering & re-discovering the band's music, with One Way Records then re-releasing the group's entire back catalogue in the U.S.A. after an earlier pair of reissues from the European Repertoire label.
    A reunion concert featuring five of the six original members (Jim Rutledge, Lee Pickens, Ed Grundy, Nick Taylor, Stevie Hill, and drummer Chris Taylor in place of Rick Cobb), was held on March 12, 2005 in Fort Worth, for the benefit of their keyboardist Stevie Hill.
    Hill at the time was suffering from leukemia, but was well enough on the night to play the entire concert.
    The reunion concert was filmed and the video was later released on DVD as 'Another Amazing Adventure : The Bloodrock Reunion Concert'.
    In 2015 the audio from that concert was released as a digital download-only album of the same title, although it omitted one track ('Song For A Brother'), which was included on the DVD.
    2013 saw the Bloodrock name resurrected for an album entitled 'Bloodrock 2013', by Jim Rutledge & John Nitzinger.
    The CD mixed re-recorded Bloodrock classics with some newer original songs, and featured Lee Pickens guesting on a new version of 'D.O.A.'.
    2015 saw Bloodrock reunite once again for a good cause, this time a benefit for John Nitzinger who was in poor health.
    Linda Waring from Nitzinger deputized on drums, with Bob Spoon taking the place of Stevie Hill who was too ill to perform at the time, and Buddy Whittington from JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS replacing Nick Taylor who had sadly passed away in the time between the 2 reunions.

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    01. Intro/History Part 1 (D.O.A.)
    02. Castle Of Thoughts
    03. It's A Sad World
    04. Song For A Brother
    05. History Part 2 (Lucky In The Morning)
    06. Kool-Aid Kids
    07. Magic Man
    08. History Part 3 (A Certain Kind)
    09. Lifeblood
    10. Days And Nights
    11. History Part 4/Outro (Breach Of Lease)
    12. Double Cross (Bonus)
    13. Crazy 'bout You Babe (Bonus)
    14. Timepiece (Bonus)
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    rangerich wrote:One of my favorite bands from the early 70's. Can't thank you enough for this one.


    Glad to assist rangerich, not enough people know about this terrific band so i'm always flying the flag for them.
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