Hearts Of Stone – 1970 – Stop The World – We Wanna Get On..
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While a lot of you are away on vacations or enjoy the summertime, it’s time for another fine musical offering by Mr.Moo, the ultra rare awesome soul album from a sub Motown label : “Stop the World -We Wanna Get Off” by Hearts Of Stone.
An excellent and obscure group soul record – the group’s only full LP, recorded in 1970 for the Motown subsidiary VIP! The general feel is a mix of pop and soul – but with arrangements by Wade Marcus, Paul Riser, and Henry Crosby, the groove is nice and strong, and the band’s tight vocal style makes the record work where you’d least expect! The sound is a bit harder than the usual Motown effort – more rough edges and a deeper vocal approach overall, a bit like The Originals, but not as smoothly harmonic. Also contains some nice covers such as “Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”.
This is @320 vinyl rip of the original VIP LP including covers
A1 It’s A Lonesome Road (2:34)
A2 If I Could Give You The World (2:57)
A3 Would You Take A Dime From A Poor Man (2:33)
A4 Rainy Night In Georgia (4:05)
A5 You Gotta Sacrifice (We Gotta Sacrifice) (2:34)
A6 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (2:59)
B1 Yesterday’s Love Is Over (2:54)
B2 “Thank You” Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (3:45)
B3 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (4:05)
B4 You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (3:25)
B5 One Day (2:52)
Some info from AMG
The Hearts of Stone popped up unexpectedly on Motown’s VIP label in 1970 with the album Stop the World: We Wanna Get Off. Surprising, since artists like the Velvelettes, Carolyn Crawford, Barbara Randolph, the Satintones, Kim Weston, and others hadn’t been honored with album releases, yet this unknown group gets one produced by Henry Cosby. The album wasn’t Motown and sounds as if it would have fared better in the late ’50s or early ’60s than 1970. The members were John Myers, Lindsey Griffin, Floyd Lawson, and Carl Cutler.
Myers had been around, first with the Five Pennies on Savoy on “Mr.. Moon” b/w “Let It Rain” (1955), “My Heart Trembles” b/w “Money” (1956), and unreleased tracks on the Herald label; the Chimes, with Freddie Scott on Arrow Records, who made “Please Call” b/w “The Letter Comes This Morning” and “Lovin’ Baby” b/w “A Faded Memory” both in 1957; the Four Jokers “Written in the Stars” b/w “The Runaround” on Sue in 1958; and the Four Pennies “You Have No Time to Lose” b/w “You’re a Gas With Your Trash,” on Brunswick in 1964. The Five Pennies consisted of Clifford Curry, Constance Holloway, Benjamin Washington, and Herbet Myers, John’s brother. The Five Pennies backed Big Miller on his 1955 Savoy release “All Is Well” b/w “Try to Understand.” Herbert also sang with James in the Four Jokers.
VIP Records issued two singles by the Hearts of Stone from their album: “It’s a Lonesome Road” a fast upbeat number with a gospel flavor and secular lyrics, and “If I Could Give You the World” (1971), a mid-tempo song with a sluggish beat that came out ten years too late. It’s unclear what happened to the group after their stint with Motown, but it’s believed that John Myers drifted into gospel music.
John Myers on MySpace
Floyd Lawson on MySpace – Floyd Lawson & The Hearts Of Stone recorded a second album titled ‘Coming Out’ in 1976 on Lawson’ private press label (FLO-89) which was reissued in 2007 on the Afro-Kats Reocrds label (Canada).
Before you head for the music, listen up the classic “If I could give you the world”
Props to Mr.Moofor the contribution and the listening experience. It’s a great privilege to be part of the FMS family. I’ll be away on vacations for two weeks. Trakbuv is currently working on one of our favorites 80’s albums, to be posted next week. Meanwhile, enjoy the music! There’s a lot of great stuff in our back pages you might miss.I will be back very soon with : The Dutch Rythm Steel and Show Band and more.