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Saturday, March 08, 2008

BUDDY MILES meets JIMI HENDRIX meet SANTANA : Them Changes (1969/70)

Buddy Miles R.I.P. 1947 - 2008

"Buddy Miles, the drummer in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys and a hitmaker under his own name with the song “Them Changes,” died on Tuesday at his home in Austin, Tex. He was 60.

"His death was announced on his Web site, which said he had been battling congestive heart disease.

"Mr. Miles played with a brisk, assertive, deeply funky attack that made him an apt partner for Hendrix. With his luxuriant Afro and his American-flag shirts, he was a prime mover in the psychedelic blues-rock of the late 1960s, not only with Hendrix but also as a founder, drummer and occasional lead singer for the Electric Flag. During the 1980s, he was widely heard as the lead voice of the California Raisins in television commercials. "

Here are THREE versions his best-known track "Them Changes". The first was recorded New Year's Eve 1969-70 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, to be released on the only album by Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsies. This version is stripped down to a three-piece. The vocals are slightly off (I guess that happens if you're playing drums and singing simultaneously), but Hendrix wails as usual. There's also an interesting breakdown in the middle of the song.
As recorded by Jimi Hendrix

From the LP "BAND OF GYPSIES" (Capitol) Apr. 1970

Jimi Hendrix : guitar
Buddy Miles : drums, vocals
Billy Cox : bass

Miles went on to re-record the track in the studio on his own album, this time with a full band. The horns add an extra layer to the track, but less jamming of course.

As recorded by Buddy Miles
From the LP "THEM CHANGES" (Mercury) 1970

Buddy Miles : drums, vocals
Bob Parkins : organ
Wally Rossunolo : guitar
Billy Cox : bass
James Tatum : tenor sax
Robert Pittman : alto sax
Teddy Blandin : trumpet

The final version is from when he teamed up with Santana's band for a one-off live album. This one brings the full band sound to the stage, and there's a great little keyboard solo in the middle. Check out the funky groove they latch onto starting at 3:32. Buddy's singing is in full form by this point. Also notice that COKE ESCOVEDO is on this one!

As recorded by Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles
LP "LIVE!" (Columbia) 1972

Carlos Santana : guitar
Buddy Miles : drums, percussion, vocals
Neal Schon : guitar
Ron Johnson : bass
Mingo Lewis : keyboards
Bob Hogins : keyboards
Hadley Caliman : sax
Luis Gasca : trumpet
Richard Clark, Coke Escovedo : drums, percussion
Mike Caravello, Victor Pantoja : percussion, congas

Get them here :

Jimi Hendrix - Changes
Buddy Miles - Them Changes
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles - Them Changes

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