New Music For Old People: Eels, George Tandy Jr., Marvin Gaye

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “The Only Thing I Care About” — Eels

Short, to the point, and perfecto — like most Eels songs. This guy is the Randy Newman of the underground.

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2. “Alone” — George Tandy Jr.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia and discovered in Florida, he released his first album (The Foundation) after having a hit R&B single. This is not the single, but an album track that caught my attention. There’s a lot of early Prince in here, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

3. “Chained” — Marvin Gaye

Every day I see a commercial on TV that uses this rare album track as the score. I keep thinking to myself I should put it in the column for people who aren’t necessarily cognizant of Marvin tracks that weren’t singles and are wondering what this glorious music is. Marvin’s ALBUM called I Heard It Through the Grapevine starts out with three killers in a row: “You,” “Tear It On Down” and this great track. Maybe you should download this entire Motown Masterpiece of Marvin at his best. Tell ’em Al sent ya…

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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