Miles, Buddy

Band members               Related acts

- Lee Allen -- trumpet 

-Teddy Bladin -- trumpet

- Peter Carter -- trumpet

- Billy Cox -- bass

- Tom Hall -- trumpet

- Marlo Henderson -- guitar

- Dwayne Hitchings -- keyboards

- Bob Hogins -- keyboards, trombone

- David Hull - guitar

- Charlie Karp -- guitar

- Andre Lewis -- keyboards

- Robin McBride -- keyboards

- Jim McCary -- guitar

- Buddy Miles -- vocals, drums, bass, keyboards, 

  lead guitar

- Bob Parkins -- keyboards

- Robert Pittman -- sax

- Roland Robinson -- bass

- Wally Rossunolo -- lead guitar, rhythm guitar

- James Tantum -- sax

- Mark Williams -- sax

- Phil Wood -- flugelhorn

- Tobie Wynn - sax




- The Blues Berries

- The California Raisins

- The Electric Flag

- Hardware

- Jimmy Hendrix

- Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles





Genre: rock

Rating: **** ( 4 stars)

Title:  Them Changes

Company: Mercury

Catalog: SR-61280

Year: 1970

Country/State: Omaha, Nebraska

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4799

Price: $9.00

Cost: $1.00


Bet most of you have passed this one up dozens of times in bargain bins.  I know I did.  Was I ever a dumbs*it ...


Buddy Miles is one of those musical journeymen who seems to have played everyone at one time or another.  As a touring musician he's supported the likes of The Delfonice, The Ink Spots, Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, Carlos Santana, etc.  He's played funk, R&B, rock, soul, you name it. 


Released after two albums credited to the 'Buddy Miles Express', 1970's "Them Changes" was Miles' first true solo album (okay, okay he's backed by half of the free world, including former Band of Gypsies sidekick Billy Cox).  Offering up a mix of originals and covers that cover the spectrum from jazz ('Paul B. Allen, Omaha Nebraska') to soul ('Your Feeling Is Mine') and hard rock ('Dreams'), this is also one of the few horn-propelled albums that I'll listen to, let alone give a strong endorsement (give credit to The Memphis Horns). What can I tell you?  Great songs (including a classic cover of Neil Young's 'Down By the River'), great vocals, and more enthusiasm than 99.9% of the competition.  Highlights include the entire first side, the Young cover, the Stax-ish rocker 'Memphis Train' and ''.  Let me tell you Miles started his solo career with a bang and while I'm no expert, in my book this easily qualifies as one of the top-5 rock albums by a black artist.  Simply killer !!!  The title track b/w 'Your Feeling Is Mine' (Mercury catalog number 73228) also provided Miles with a top-10 hit. 


Mercury released three other singles from the album:

- 'Memphis Train (Part 1) and (Part 2) (Mercury catalog number 72860)

- 'Down By the River' b/w 'Hearts Delight' (Mercury catalog number 73086

- 'Your Feeling Is Mine' b/w 'Dreams' Mercury catalog number 73119)


'"hem Changes" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Them Changes   (Buddy Miles) - 3:20

2.) I Still Love You Anyway   (Charlie Karp) - 4:13

3.) Hearts Delight   (Buddy Miles) - 4:06

4.) Dreams   (Gregg Allman) - 4:52


(side 2)
1.) Down By the River   (Neil Young) - 6:20

2.) Memphis Train   (R. Thomas - R. Sparks) - 2:55

3.) Paul B. Allen, Omaha Nebraska (instrumental)   (Buddy Miles - Andre Lewis) - 

4.) Your Feeling Is Mine   (Otis Redding) - 2:11



Genre: rock

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  We Got To Live Together

Company: Mercury

Catalog: SR-61363

Year: 1971

Country/State: Omaha, Nebraska

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4806

Price: $5.00

Cost: $1.00



Yeah this is kind of a mystery to me.  I gushed all over "The Changes", even calling it an undiscovered classic.  Technically 1970's "We Got To Live Together" isn't a major change from the former, but it has none of the former's appeal ... zilch, nada ...  How can that be?  Mind you I'm just guessing, but it may have something to do with the fact the songs suck and the performances sound like they were mailed in. Added problem - this time around the horns are a true irritation.  


'"We Got To Live Together" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Runaway Child (Little Miss Nothin')   (Buddy Miles - Charlie Karp) - 5:00

2.) Walking Down the Highway   (Buddy Miles - Charlie Karp) - 5:31

3.) Easy Greasy (instrumental)   (Buddy Miles) - 4:47


(side 2)
1.) We Got To Live Together   (Buddy Miles) - 12:08

2.) Take It Off Him and Put It On Me   (R. Owen - L. Pierce - George Jackson - H. Jones - C.M. Buckins) - 3:39




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