All The Faces Of Buddy Miles

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's safe to say that there is no other recording in the catalog of drummer and vocalist Buddy Miles like this one. Recorded in 1974 and produced by the great Johnny Bristol, this places Miles in a strictly soul setting with some funky backdrops in places -- thanks to the arrangements by H.B. Barnum -- and while it never rocks, it rolls throughout. This is a set of smooth soul grooves, with Miles offering some of the best vocal performances of his career. The players on this set include the great Funk Brothers bassist James Jamerson; saxophonist Ernie Watts; guitarists Kenneth Hawkins, Melvin Ragin, and Ray Parker, Jr.; keyboardists Jerry Peters and Clarence McDonald; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's safe to say that there is no other recording in the catalog of drummer and vocalist Buddy Miles like this one. Recorded in 1974 and produced by the great Johnny Bristol, this places Miles in a strictly soul setting with some funky backdrops in places -- thanks to the arrangements by H.B. Barnum -- and while it never rocks, it rolls throughout. This is a set of smooth soul grooves, with Miles offering some of the best vocal performances of his career. The players on this set include the great Funk Brothers bassist James Jamerson; saxophonist Ernie Watts; guitarists Kenneth Hawkins, Melvin Ragin, and Ray Parker, Jr.; keyboardists Jerry Peters and Clarence McDonald; percussionists Joe Clayton and Gene Estes; and Miles playing drums, organ, and bass. The session includes strings and a female backing chorus as well. There are some grooved-out steppers like "We Got Love" and "Wants and Needs (The Earth Song)" with a horn section, wah-wah guitars, and uptempo, rousing strings creating a slippery early disco feel -- even if Miles' voice isn't completely up to the standards of the period's production. The gospel-flavored, Philly-influenced soul of "Pull Yourself Together" that opens the set works like a charm (there is an edited version tacked on as a bonus track on the Wounded Bird CD release), and the rollicking percussion-driven funk of "We Got Love" carries within it equal parts Ray Charles, Leroy Hutson, and Barry White. Fans of Miles' rock & roll style will likely hate this, but those interested in early- to mid-'70s soul will greet this forgotten album with open arms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140308923
  • Catalog Number: 3089
  • Sales rank: 68,635

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Miles Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Joe Clayton Percussion
Gene Estes Percussion
Ed Greene Drums
James Jamerson Bass
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Jerry Peters Keyboards
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Ernie Watts Saxophone, Soloist
Kenneth Hawkins Guitar
Technical Credits
Buddy Miles Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Lee Pockriss Composer
J. Calderon Composer
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