Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles found solo success with the single "Them Changes," the title cut from this infectious eight-track album that's been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Buddy Miles (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Charlie Karp (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Marlo Henderson (guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Jim McCarty , Wally Rossunolo (guitar); Robert Pittman (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Tatum (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Toby Wynn (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Lee Allen (saxophone); Mark Williams (tenor saxophone, wind, background vocals); Lee Allen & His Band (trumpet, background vocals); Teddy Blandin, Peter Carter, Tom Hall , Tom T. Hall (trumpet); Phil Wood (flugelhorn, piano, background vocals); Bob Hogins (trombone, piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Phil Woods (horns); Robin McBride (piano, electric harpsichord, keyboards, background vocals); Andre Lewis (electric piano, Clavinet, organ, background vocals); Duane Hitchings, Dwayne Hutchings, Bob Parkins (organ); Fred Allen, David Hull (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Dean Rudland.
Recording information: Audio-Finisher Studios, Chicago, IL; Mercury Sound Studios, New York NY.
Photographer: Burnell Caldewell.
Arrangers: Bob Hogins; Buddy Miles ; Charlie Karp.
This 1970 release by former Band of Gypsy's drummer Buddy Miles is, quite simply, one of the great lost treasures of soul inspired rock music. From the funky drive of the title track to Miles' plaintive singing on "I Still Love You, Anyway" and Greg Allman's "Dreams," the album is filled with the best qualities of both genres. Not only does Miles prove himself to be a great interpretor of songs, but with the title track and "Heart's Delight," he demonstrates his ability to write solid material on his own. Complimented by the Memphis Horns, Miles' songs soar and swing as hard as any Stax release, and his voice, underutilized when he played with the Electric Flag and Hendrix, combines the nuance of soul singing with the grit of rock. Them Changes is definately worth the extra effort to try to locate. ~ Steve Kurutz