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Best Bud – Volume II

Excerpts from the Bud Green Band, in performance, recorded 1981-82budgreen-feat

1- Dave’ Cave (D. Phillips, Bud Green)  This excerpt is edited from a performance of one of David’s musical ideas that went from something we jammed on at practice to something we jammed on in public. It really takes off around the 1:00 minute mark.

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2 – Europa (Santana) This was another Bud Green staple, and this excerpt catches a nice Santanacious guitar by Dick, then David’s moody organ lead, which he follows with a really tasty piano lead.

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3 – Do It Again (Steely Dan) In this excerpt, a couple of minutes taken from our cover of Do It Again, David first solos on the organ, then switches to the Moog synthesizer (he had first one I’d ever seen in 1981), then back to the organ.

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4 – I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley) Bud Green had a quirky, jazzoid way of playing “I Shot the Sheriff,” a Bob Marley song made popular in the early 1980′s era by Eric Clapton’s version.

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5 – Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix) Bud Green liked to play Little Wing, with Dick Padberg on guitar and singing the vocal. I was not a big Hendrix fan, and didn’t know the song before I started playing it with the band. When I finally listened to Jimi do it I realized I liked what we were doing better (can I say that?).

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6 – Trapped in the Country (D. Phillips, Bud Green) This recording is the first time we played “Trapped In The Country” in a public performance. We were a little excited, playing kind of fast, and David totally missed the words of the second verse. Being a natural performer, he just went ahead and sang a nonsense mashup that fit the music.

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7 – Dothebudgreen (Bud Green) This is the crazy tune that became our theme song. We were never sure just what words David was going to sing. I don’t think he was ever sure either. There is something in the harmony, the guitar part, the rhythm, it’s just Bud Green. This excerpt was recorded at a party when we used it as our “taking a break” song.


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We start out energetically but a little lost, and the tape picks up incredible crowd noise and conversation that almost seems to go with the music, like ambient audio, everyone searching for the cave opening. Dick finds it with a laser guitar part, after which David takes the lead on the keyboards and the band plays some pretty tight Bud Green music until it fades out.
Dick and David could really play off each other, trading the lead back and forth. Dick plays such fantastic rhythm guitar that it often seemed like David had an advantage to work from when he took the lead because Dick kept it so solid for him, and I confess I sometimes caught myself just listening instead of playing.
Dick Padberg is playing guitar, and I love the way his rhythm chording has that ringy sound I always associate with the classic Police albums of the 80′s. Howard Stoneback is nailing it on drums, and, as usual, I am flailing on the bass. I particularly like the way, at some points, you can hear the crowd whooping and dancing in the background. Playing at that party might actually have been the true high point of my exceedingly brief but inspiring musical career.
This segment, from the cassette tape recorded at a 1982 party and featuring David Phillips on the Fender Rhodes, shows the different take on the song that just seemed to be the way it came out when we tried it.
Dick’s guitar really soars on this tune, but on this night it was David who starred. After Dick sings and plays a guitar solo, David takes off on a nice organ solo, then takes another on piano that becomes surprisingly passionate. I remember the way, as Dick started singing the next verse, he turned around for a second, and on the recording before it fades, you can hear him say “David!” to acknowledge his bandmate for the cool solo we’d all just heard. It was a nice moment then, and it still is now.
No one noticed, they were so involved in dancing and were just attuned to the feel of the song, which didn’t waver. You can hear lots of whooping and shouting in the background throughout this track. David comes back and does the lyrics with the proper words, which are pretty fanciful anyway, before we finish the song. I’ve always thought this was one of our more spirited renditions of the tune, which in its mature form became “Urban Solution”
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