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

Tracks
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.

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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).

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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.

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43 Comments
  • Lafayette
    Posted at 19:39h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    Brilliant, Moo! Just brilliant! 😀
    Hope y’all are enjoying the vacations properly – I know I do!

    /Lafayette

  • Daidodread
    Posted at 19:53h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    thank for this it’s realy cool !!

  • barrington
    Posted at 20:14h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    oh man love this blog to death! please keep it up forever!! can’t get enuff of the music you’re spreading. very much appreciated!!

  • rich
    Posted at 20:38h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    this looks soulful just from the cover thanx mr. moo havent been on ur blog for a while but u always had some great stuff over there.

  • E-mile
    Posted at 22:55h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    FINALLY!!! thank you SO much, I’d thought I never ever could lay my ears on this one…I knew it existed, but could not find it anywhere!
    Thanks for forfilling one of my musical longings [:-)
    peace, E-mile

  • k02
    Posted at 01:48h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks Mr moo

  • Danae
    Posted at 13:26h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    Excellent sharing. Thanx Mr.Moo. Nick enjoy your vacations.

  • Raphy
    Posted at 18:23h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    VERY HARD STUFF>>>>>>>>>>>this is what I called Raw Soul!

    Top Shelf Lp!!!!

    Big Up!@!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:37h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    Much Appreciated Mr. Moo!! I can’t wait for this one. I never thought I’d get to hear it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  • Jose
    Posted at 09:49h, 30 July 2009 Reply

    “If I could give you the world” is the perfect song! Great find Mr.Moo. Thanx u.

  • ahawk
    Posted at 13:33h, 30 July 2009 Reply

    Thank you Mr Moo!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 20:52h, 30 July 2009 Reply

    Much appreciated Mr. Moo! Looking forward to a bit of The Dutch Rythm Steel and Show Band Nikos!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:18h, 30 July 2009 Reply

    The Dutch Rhythm… is a very unique album as well as the group too. This is one of the more expensive steel band LPs that is sought after by beat diggers. With great covers such as “Down by the river”, “Funky Stuff” and “Theme” from Shaft. So be patient till I get back from holidays.

  • jASON
    Posted at 09:32h, 31 July 2009 Reply

    Amazing sounds Mr.Moo.
    Nikos, thanks for all the wonderful and rare music that you share. Enjoy your break and have a great time.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 14:47h, 31 July 2009 Reply

    Brilliant music! Quality post as usual. Thank you Mr.Moo.

  • Sandeman
    Posted at 15:11h, 31 July 2009 Reply

    And yet another amazing gem with a sound quality that is simply equal to CD. Thanks a lot again for this much appreciated treat, mr. Moo!

  • Quicken
    Posted at 22:15h, 31 July 2009 Reply

    I knew this one existed, but never got a chance to get my hands on it. You made my day, Mr.Moo, an absolute treasure 🙂

  • Andreas
    Posted at 03:09h, 01 August 2009 Reply

    looks great 🙂 thanx

  • Krisch
    Posted at 13:47h, 01 August 2009 Reply

    Thanks!

  • Garth
    Posted at 00:22h, 02 August 2009 Reply

    Hats off to Funkmysoul crew. Excellent work. My favorite site of the area.

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 00:44h, 02 August 2009 Reply

    superb work as ever. Thanx to Mr.Moo and the FMS Crew. Nikos I love you 😉

  • Gregory
    Posted at 00:26h, 03 August 2009 Reply

    I love almost everything you post. Keep the flame!

  • Alain
    Posted at 01:37h, 04 August 2009 Reply

    Excellent! Thank u so much!

  • soulman
    Posted at 06:27h, 04 August 2009 Reply
  • Martin
    Posted at 15:54h, 04 August 2009 Reply

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  • anabel
    Posted at 03:09h, 05 August 2009 Reply

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  • Andre
    Posted at 07:16h, 05 August 2009 Reply

    thanks alot! can’t wait to give this one a listen.

  • Nico
    Posted at 21:22h, 05 August 2009 Reply

    Wonderful stuff. Thanks

  • mfish
    Posted at 04:51h, 06 August 2009 Reply

    thanks!

  • Marianne
    Posted at 00:06h, 09 August 2009 Reply

    cheers for this! fantastic & informative blog!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 05:43h, 12 August 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much, just from the youtube song can tell i’m gonna love it! peace!!!

  • Rob
    Posted at 00:19h, 13 August 2009 Reply

    What a fantastic album! Great production!

  • Jason
    Posted at 21:16h, 13 August 2009 Reply

    Great lp!

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 01:08h, 25 August 2009 Reply

    I’m playing catch up here and everywhere. I know this was posted almost a month ago but I’m just having a chance to stop around.

    Thank you so much Moo. “Yesterday’s Love Is Over” from this album is playing in Moo’s music player on his website. I fell in love with that song when I heard it and wished I could hear more from the group. I didn’t think I ever would! So excited to have this.

    Thanks as always Nikos for hosting and once again Moo for this super album!

  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 12:18h, 25 August 2009 Reply

    You only have to ask bow 😉

  • whoknows
    Posted at 02:11h, 04 October 2009 Reply

    hey there, i’ve missed the blog for a little but now playin a little ketchup! thanks to you and mr. moo for bringin another nice one, love that northern soul!

  • alex
    Posted at 22:18h, 28 December 2009 Reply

    many thanks to mr moo for putting me onto this gem!

  • alex
    Posted at 22:19h, 28 December 2009 Reply

    many thanks to mr moo for putting me onto this pearler!

  • hamnegger
    Posted at 23:59h, 10 April 2010 Reply

    thankyou

  • ralph/janice purnell
    Posted at 03:14h, 29 April 2010 Reply

    We love the music,it reminds us of the good old days,when music was holsum and real. This group is one of many that are the pioneers of the music business,that paved the way for the music of today,and they should be commended for their contribution to the music industry.

  • hooch
    Posted at 13:50h, 21 July 2010 Reply

    many thanks mr moo & nikos!

  • Bob Lane
    Posted at 05:35h, 04 July 2011 Reply

    Give”One Day” a listen.A solid slow jam that might have brought a little attention to the LP.VIP material seemed to be on the back burner in Motown’s promo dept.At least the Elgins LP made a little noise

  • Eddie
    Posted at 12:02h, 16 March 2014 Reply

    Thanks once again for great music!

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