Them Changes

Originally Performed ByBuddy Miles
Original AlbumThem Changes (1970)
Music/LyricsBuddy Miles
Phish Debut1997-11-30
Last Played1997-11-30
Current Gap822
HistorianPhillip Zerbo (pzerbo)
Last Update2013-03-01


On the final night of a memorable three-show run in Worcester, Phish dipped into the repertoire of classic blues rock and drummer Buddy Miles, performing his best known 1970 hit “Them Changes.” Buddy Miles is perhaps best remembered by his stint in the late 1960s as the drummer with the Jimi Hendrix-led Band of Gypsys. “Them Changes” provided the title track for Buddy’s first solo album, but it is far better known for having appeared on the immensely popular Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys. The single performance of “Them Changes” on 11/30/97 saw Page shine on vocals, and Trey engage in a particularly inspired solo. Closely resembling the live Jimi Hendrix-led versions, “Them Changes” seemed a perfect fit for Phish, but they have thus far shelved the song after this single appearance.

[youtube][youtube]Band of Gypsys – "Them Changes"

While Phish seems content with their one performance of the song, “Them Changes” re-emerged in the repertoire of Oysterhead; they performed the tune five times on their fall 2001 tour, each time during the encore. Before Oysterhead’s debut performance of the song on 10/24/01, Trey noted that Band of Gypsys is one of his all-time favorite “power trio” albums.

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