YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #160
SINGLES: Gotta Find a Way
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nooooo
LINEUP: Jim Rutledge, Ed Grundy, Stephen Hill, Lee Pickens, Nick Taylor
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Managed by Terry Knight, the brother band to Grand Funk Railroad isn’t the worst rock band of the 70’s, and that’s about it.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The song “Castle of Thoughts” kind of sums up Bloodrock. Half decent guitar riffs and drumming, including cowbell, a keyboard player noodling during the breaks between verses, and lyrics which probably sounded deep on the fourth doobie of the night, but really are inane.
Bloodrock was shaped by manager Terry Knight as the brother band to his wunderkinds Grand Funk Railroad, but while GFR had some personality, and a little bit of complexity and power, Bloodrock sounds thin. Singer Jim Rutledge tries, but doesn’t convey much except shouting the lyrics in a gruff monotone.
There are a couple of highlights, and the only reason I’m reviewing this album is that they don’t have a collection, and they have some ‘infamous’ songs that they’re known for coming up in their career.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had backward masking on “Gotta Find a Way”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE:C-: Mediocre playing, bad lyrics, most exiled.