As much as I loved his Them Changes single, I never knew what Buddy Miles looked like until I started exploring 1960/1970s rock, soul, funk and jazz.
Buddy Miles’ Them Changes was one of the many 7” singles my parents would want played on my portable record player when I was a boy.
I was reluctant to have any of their old records touch my record player for fear they age my machine, ruin my stylus or just outright reduce its cool factor.
There was not much rock music in their collection but admittedly Them Changes is one of the songs from their collection that I most identify with. It has that driving, pulsing groove that I need from a song. I can’t resist singers who scream and Miles is always on the verge of doing so during the song. To my delight, he does scream from time to time.
The 1971 footage of him performing the song on Hugh Hefner’s late-night Playboy After Dark program is perfect. I presume most people danced as wildly and vibrantly to the song as those on camera during the song’s heyday.
I believe it was discovering Buddy Miles’ beautiful cover of Neil Young’s Down By The River that put me on the path to seeking out more of his music. The song was on BBE’s DJ Spinna Funk Rock compilation and I have kept my eyes and ears open for more Miles since I heard it roughly a decade ago
When I learned that the Down By The River track that I just learned about and love was on the same album as the Them Changes track I grew up with and forgot, I vowed to get a copy of that album.
Most of the times I found the album, the price was high for vinyl copies that were not in the best shape. The photo at the top of this post was taken about two years ago and I did not take that copy of his album home. I finally got my copy last year from a convention.
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DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2013) Playlist:
1. Dave Cortez & The Moon People – Happy Soul (w/a Hook)
2. Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm – Funky Mule
3. Bo Diddley – The Shape I'm In
4. Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter
5. Harmonica Paul – Motherless Child
6. Ramsey Lewis – Mighty Quinn
7. Lonnie Mack - Memphis
8. The George Benson Quartet – Benson's Rider
9. Clarence Carter - Snatching It Back
10. James Brown – Nose Job
11. Five Stairsteps & Cubie – We Must Be In Love
12. David McCallum - The Edge
13. Dyke & The Blazers – You Are My Sunshine
14. Otis Redding - You Left The Water Running
15. Johnnie Taylor - Love Bones
16. The Staples Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
17. Wilson Pickett - Take That Pollution Out Your Throat
18. Robert Palmer - Pressure Drop
19. Ken Boothe - My Love
20. Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
21. The Illusion - Together
22. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
23. Patrice Rushen - Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up
24. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
25. Buddy Miles - Down By The River
26. Donovan - Season Of The Witch
27. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues