Wool: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 25, 2022


649) Wool — “Love, Love, Love, Love, Love”

’69 A-side and album track is super funky rock, a “vocal tour-de-force” (Psych-spaniolos, https://psychspaniolos.blogspot.com/2009/07/wool-wool-1969.html) from an album that’s “a super tight blend of psych-rock, pop, and funk.” (K. Kanitz, http://therisingstorm.net/wool-wool/) I think this song was just too far ahead of its time. The Talking Heads would’ve had a romp with it.

Psych-spaniolos says that “Syracuse, New York was the stomping ground for this R’n’B/blues-influenced combo dominated by vocalist Ed Wool, whose strong raucous style could be compared to Eric Burdon . . . .(https://psychspaniolos.blogspot.com/2009/07/wool-wool-1969.html)

As to the band’s history, Ed Wool and the Nomads begat the Sure Cure, which begat the Pineapple Heard, which begat Wool. K. Kanitz tells us that:

Ed Wool and The Nomads were huge in the mid-60s’ thriving Northern/Upstate New York music scene, even sharing the stage with bands such as Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The (Young) Rascals, and The Rolling Stones. . . . [A]s “The Pineapple Heard,” Ed’s group even had the chance to be the first group to record the Boyce & Hart tune “Valleri” in 1967, a year before The Monkees had a hit with it. That single, released on the tiny Diamond label, again, flopped. Starting circa 1968, Ed Wool finally settled with a new and final line-up, which included his younger sister Claudia on vocals . . . . [T]he[ir only] album went virtually unnoticed nationally, and scored at the very bottom of the Billboard Top 200. In Upstate/Northern NY, the album was a hit, with several of the tunes being played constantly on local radio stations. . . .


As far as I know, Ed Wool is not related to Ed Wood.

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