New Music for Old People: Neil Young, Vanilla Fudge, The London Souls

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 Can See for Miles” — Vanilla Fudge

This was always one of the wackiest bands on the street in the ‘60s and ‘70s. They did psychedelic lysergic arrangements of top ten tunes and I mostly found it humorous. Mark Stein, organist and singer, was in charge so I always got to hear his organ playing which was fun to listen to. So now there’s a NEW Vanilla Fudge album (Spirit of ‘67) and this Pete Townshend hit is merely re-arranged this time and the lysergics seem to be abandoned on this track. That’s a good thing, Mark. The organ playing makes me smile and the vocal arrangement is actually normal; more Vanilla than Fudge this time around. Townshend subscribes to this column. I’ll let you know if he replies about this track unless it’s a negative remark. We try to only smile around here, in case you hadn’t noticed!

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2. “Honey” — The London Souls

This is my favorite track from my favorite album this week, Here Come the Girls. However, the name bothers me. They’re based in New York City and they’re American. But they claim all their influences are Brit bands so maybe we should cut ‘em some slack. The guitar licks and sound kill me on this track. There will be more here in the coming weeks. They’re on tour NOW. If you like this, don’t miss ‘em. They could be the next step in The Black Keys, The White Stripes, The London Souls…ooops! They are a trio…forget those comparisons.

3. “Glimmer” (Orchestral) — Neil Young

This from his most recent album Storytone, with a hundred-piece soothing orchestra behind him and sometimes in front of him. This album is kinda his paean to Daryl Hannah and a kiss-off and on to his wife Pegi. Why must we air our insides out in the street? Even I’ve done that. Oh, well… I don’t think it’s a promo for Pomo and no, I haven’t heard that yet so don’t axe me about it.

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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