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Buddy Miles Express: Hell and Back

On the decidedly rockier side of things comes the Buddy Miles Express with Hell and Back (InnerRhythmic). Produced by Bill Laswell, this crunchy outing by the former Band of Gypsys drummer and black-rock pioneer is a throwback to the funky, hard-hitting outings that Miles and the Express put out for Casablanca Records in the ’70s. Included are potent remakes of Albert King’s seminal blues-rocker “Born Under a Bad Sign” and Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” which recaptures some of the swirling psychedelia and wah-wah-inflected magic that Jimi Hendrix slapped on that tune back in the late ’60s.

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