New Music For Old People: ALO feat. Jack Johnson, The Maccabees, Bunny Sigler

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. “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” — ALO feat. Jack Johnson

To me this is a perfect track. All elements are addressed tastefully and having Jack front the Animal Liberation Orchestra was a great idea. Perfection from start to finish.

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2. “Pelican” — The Maccabees

First off, the name is not derived from Beatle Paul, but rather from a Biblical tribe in the REAL old days. I caught them on late night TV and thought they might, with luck, become U3, if Bono keeps taking years off. This is from their third album, released in 2012, Given to the Wild.

3. “What’d I Say” — Bunny Sigler

How many times ya think people aped the Ray Charles original with the same arrangement, etc.? Hundreds, maybe ? So it’s nice to hear someone come up with an original arrangement that in some ways holds up to the original. Bunny has been a favorite of mine for decades and this is from his Philadelphia-International period in the ’70s. It stands up well today.

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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