New Music For Old People: Al Kooper, Dusty Springfield, NRBQ

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 Earthquake of Your Love” — Al Kooper

I have experienced seven quakes in my life, all in Los Angeles. The Northridge one I got caught in kept me away for six years and only my grandchildren’s existence could coax me back. But here I tried to invent a good, happy one. Only in song, my friends, could this happen and only with Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Neil Stubenhaus on bass. I played all the other parts. And what a lift the second half of each verse gets when uber-singer Freddie Henry comes in to lift it just a little higher. Fasten your seatbelts and push the play button.

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2. “Welcome Home” — Dusty Springfield

This is a scenario of intense bickering, causing one of the participants to move out. Years before texting, the couple makes up on the phone, and the retreating party comes back to open arms. Dusty portrays the woman who didn’t leave and observes twice, “We acted just like children.” Now that Dusty has found a much higher residence, it’s extra special to hear that voice again — and what a voice it is.

3. “This Love Is True” — NRBQ

One of the best Paul McCartney songs he never wrote. Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato and Jake Jacobs (!) (from The Magicians and Bunky and Jake) hunkered down to achieve this Beatle-esque beauty. Not what you would expect from the rockin’ NRBQ but nothing wrong with being musically ambidextrous. This is a tribute that I wish Paul had recorded on his album where he covered other people’s songs recently. But NRBQ got that classic Beatle harmony on the opening that probably fooled a few people when they first heard it. Very nicely done, lads, and always a V-day favorite of mine.

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!

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