- Before (or after) listening to these tracks, discover the truth about the lost Volumes, and who Bud Green really was, at The True Story Of Bud Green.
- You will also enjoy Best Bud – Volume II, Bud Green in performance
- Listening suggestion for these excerpts: keep listening when the music wanders out of the groove, to have the pleasure of being there when it finds its way back in.
1 – Things We Said Today (Beatles) Of all the covers Bud Green did I think this excerpt, from the first time we tried this tune, captures the most interesting sound we came up with while playing together. It has a very different feel from the original song, becoming more jazzacious and reggoid. Around the 1:00 minute mark we find the groove and it really takes off.
2 – She’s Not There (The Zombies) It was a warm Saturday night and we were practicing in the studio next to my house in Dixon. As we played, people came in to listen, including friends sharing things to drink and smoke, even an anesthesiologist friend who helped keep us alert. Something good happened that night when we tried playing a song from the 1960’s by The Zombies.
3 – Misunderstood (The Animals) One night, we played around with this classic 60’s tune by The Animals. When we had worked it out enough to try playing the song, David did what he often did at band practices: showed his gift for musical parody and sheer inventive craziness by making up lyrics on the spot, always funny and frequently outrageous.
4 – Without Love (Doobie Bros) (fragment) Goofing around with guys who are as musically talented as Dick and David was more fun than anything else I can think of. They could sing so well together, with truly complementary voices, and much of the time the purpose of the vocalizing was pure foolishness. We did several Doobie Brothers tunes, and one night, when we tried playing Without Love (Where Would We Be Now), the fooling around was captured on tape.
5 – So Lonely (The Police) (fragment) Another moment that catches Dick’s guitar skills in action is this little excerpt from So Lonely.
6 – Left Out (Bud Green) Sometimes, instead of covers, we’d try things that David made up. David had musical ideas that he would play during practices, and sometimes the rest of us would try joining in, feeling our way. This tune, which never had any words except “I don’t want to be left out,” emerged like that one night. As with other tracks here, our voice and our groove seem to kick in approaching the 1:00 minute mark.
7 – Trapped In The Country (D. Phillips, Bud Green) I want to close with an excerpt taken from one of the earliest versions of David’s song, Urban Solution. It was recorded in David’s living room in Ojo Sarco, when the song was still called Trapped In The Country. We had been hearing the basic changes of this tune at practices for a while at that point, but I’m pretty sure this is the very first time David sang any of the words.
8 – Bonus track Long after midnight, practicing in the music room at Dick’s house, the door opened unexpectedly and a friend of ours came in with some people and a drum.