Saturday, February 4, 2012

Buddy Miles: Them Changes

There are those rock influences that transcend most others and one of the more salient figures of the 60s and 70s got his start playing drums for his father’s jazz band in Omaha, Nebraska. Young George Miles, Jr., who was affectionately known as Buddy, got his rock ‘n roll start when he teamed up with Mike Bloomfield and others to form The Electric Flag.

By 1969, Buddy Miles joined Jimi Hendrix in his last band, The Band of Gypsies, and recorded one live album that was recorded at The Fillmore East in 1970. It was the last LP that was released in Hendrix’s lifetime and his only output on Capitol.

As a solo musician, Miles released his best known album and single “Them Changes.” While the tune peaked at 36 on the R&B chart in 1970, it failed to crack the Top 40 on the Hot 100 and its showing at #62 qualifies it to be our bubbling under hit for this Saturday.

Live with Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies

This is the original version of the tune and was recorded on New Year’s Day 1970.

Live with Carlos Santana

This version was recorded inside Diamond Head in Hawaii exactly two years to the day after the original was recorded at the Fillmore East.

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