Them Changes———————Buddy Miles

    “Them Changes” by Buddy Miles showcases the immense talent of the former Electric Flag drummer/vocalist and his vision to create a true collision of soul music and rock.  Recalling his collaboration with the Flag and guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the short-lived Band of Gypsys, Miles drumming is impeccably solid and his vocals harken the glory days of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye–while looking forward to a new generation of soulsters.  The album  starts with his most well-known title track, and continues gloriously in the rock/soul vein through his covers of Gregg Allman’s “Dreams” and Neil Young’s “Down By the River.”  His unique styling on each rival the intensity of the originals and shows Miles’ keen ear for a song.  “Paul B. Allen, Omaha, Nebraska” is a soul-jazz creeper that fits with the overall loose funky feel of the album.  The finale, a rendition of Otis Redding’s “Your Feeling is Mine” reels and rocks the album to a fitting conclusion.   All in all, a great introduction to a magnificent and forgotten artist, one that truly warrants rediscovery (not counting his work as lead singer of the California Raisins).


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