New Music For Old People: Borrowed Beatles (Part 2) – The Wallflowers, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs

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’m Looking Through You” — The Wallflowers

Many thought Dylan’s “Fourth Time Around” (the song) was ripped from the Fab Four’s “Norwegian Wood.” I seem to recall it was the other way around although “Wood” was released first. The next generation is more mindful here as son Jakob tips his skullcap towards the UK for this tight-sounding cover version.

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2. “Blackbird” — Crosby Stills & Nash

Wow! Sir Paul didn’t attempt these or any harmonies on his version. These guys certainly knew what to do, but Brian Wilson coulda if he so desired. Still, it seems tailor-made for these old masters. I just wish Stills or Crosby would have finger-picked it and that it was longer. ‘Nuff said.

3. “And Your Bird Can Sing” — Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs

This just benefits from the improvements in technology over the years rather than any arrangement genius. The last verse is the only time they stray from the original. I miss the bass throttle on the last note and don’t get Susanna’s jokey ending BUT this sounds great overall.

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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