Friday, 2 December 2011
Buddy Miles - A Message to the People (1971)
Since I'm already on some Electric Lady Studios 'ish, I figured I'd put up another funk classic cut by a friend of Jimi's. This album comes from the, "Baddest of the Bad" when it came to drummers. I'm not referring to his technical ability but instead to his ability - simply put - to kick ass on the throne.
Buddy Miles's A Message to the People was released the same year that Hendrix died which is significant as it was with Hendrix's Band of Gypsys that Miles first started his professional career. However, I'm not sure if A Message to the People was released after Hendrix's death or before. Tracks to look out for include, "The Segment +" and his sinfully soulful version of "Midnight Rider" - which has enough reverb to make Rudy Van Gelder jealous. The album artwork was done by Abdul Mati - the same genius who did Santana's Abraxas and Miles Davis's Bitches Brew. So check it out and remember that when "lust and fire have faded away, fantasies and moonbeams have the day"
That's the way life is...