=Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Buddy Miles Express - Train

Here’s a tripped out funk track that I’ve really been digging lately…

Train - Buddy Miles Express - Mercury

Buddy Miles has lent his funky drumming skills to a staggering number of musicians. Examples include Wilson Pickett, Mike Bloomfield, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton/Funkadelic/Parliament. During the 60’s, Miles befriended Jimi Hendrix, who is credited with producing the record “Expressway to Your Skull” from which today’s selection was taken (if you get a chance, check out the liner notes written by Jimi). Later, Miles played drums on Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland”, before filling a permanent spot behind the kit in the Band of Gypsys. After the untimely end of the Band of Gypsys, Miles continued recording material with the Buddy Miles Express (later dropping the Express). It was during this time that he re-recorded a Band of Gypsys song, “Them Changes”, which would become the song forever associated with the name Buddy Miles. A lesser-known fact of Buddy’s later career was his role as the voice of the California Raisins during the 1986 ad campaign. He continued recording and performing live until heart problems forced him to stop, ultimately resulting in his death earlier this year.

Be sure to tune in to volume 2 of Trunk of F.U.N.K. radio this Friday.


1 comment:

joeisaac said...

i don't know for the life of me why this song dosen't get the credit it deserves. in my book, it's one of the greatest rock/fuck recordings of all time.