New Music For Old People: The Doors, Randall Bramblett, Field Music

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. “Touch Me (Take 3)” — The Doors

What could have been. The string arrangement is different and this seems to be just a rough mix — but it’s always nice to hear possible alternatives to what is now written in history.

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2. “Whatever That Is” — Randall Bramblett

I have always been a big Randall fan, as far back as trying to sign him to my Sounds of the South label in 1973, a scant 40 years ago. But here we both are now and I STILL love what he does, whatever it is…

3. “Effortlessly” — Field Music

I love this British brother band and one of their best aspects is how they’ve filled in covering for the demise of the late, lamented band XTC. They fill that gap perfectly for me. Presumably, effortlessly…

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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