New Music For Old People: Borrowed Beatles (Part 1) – T.V. Carpio, The Buckinghams, Bettye LaVette

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. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” — T.V. Carpio

She was born in 1981 in Oklahoma and was an actress in the Beatle-inspired movie Across the Universe, in which she sang this version. Later she was in the Spider-Man Broadway show. She has a pleasant and unique voice that matches well with this arrangement.

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2. “I’ll Be Back” — The Buckinghams

This is from their amazing album Time & Charges, where they conspired with producer James William Guercio and the as-yet unrecorded band Chicago in 1967. Great arrangement and orchestration with well-sung vocals and perfect production and mix by Guercio. So far, it seems to be timeless — but that’s only 50 years so far.

3. “Maybe I’m Amazed” — Bettye LaVette

I am NOT amazed how good this is. She is a singer of many subtle finesses, a few of which she graces us herewith. Words fail me when it comes to vocalists of this high order. Paul should be honored. Ooops! I forgot — he’s already Sir Paul. But sadly, she’s still just brave Bettye.

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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