If you’ve been reading my posts for a while you know that I usually only posts songs that only sampled one song. I do it for two reasons, (1) I prefer to breakdown that one sample instead of multiple samples and (2) it’s easier to post just one sample. Today is no different, but I decided to take one sample from a song that actually has three samples. “She Said” by The Pharcyde is one of the many highlights on the California quartet’s magnum opus Labcabincalifornia. The song utilizes samples of “Down By The River” by Buddy Miles, “Walk Tall” by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, and a sample of “Passin Me By” off of The Pharcyde’s debut album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.
I’ve decided to focus on “Down By The River.” Buddy Miles’s version is a cover of Neil Young’s 1969 original and the song is a perfect marriage of drums, guitars, vocals, and other instruments. If you listen closely at the end of “She Said,” you can hear where it was sampled in “Down By The River” (0:16 mark).