ED WOOL & the NOMADS – \”I Need Somebody\” / \”Please, Please (Don\’t Go)\” (RCA Victor 47-8940) September 1966
This group from Utica, NY were a very popular act on the local scene releasing records and supporting major talent from Britain when they rolled into town. They also had the British Invasion sound nailed, and on this disc from the end of 1966 are sounding very much like The Animals. The vocals on both sides have a yearning quality and are quite soulful. The backbeat is more than adequate, the guitars have a tone that shines through the mix, especially the throbbing bass. My pick is the flip \”I Need Somebody\” which has been compiled on \”Mind Blowers\”
During my research I found a wikipedia page and decided to copy some of the information in my entry.
Ed Wool and the Nomads were formed in 1963 by Ed Wool, a graduate of the Watertown High School class of 1962. From a young age Wool was a guitar prodigy and songwriter. He became influenced by the British Invasion sound, then later by soul and R&B. The band\’s initial lineup consisted of Ed Wool on lead guitar and vocals, Phil Udaskin on bass, and Al Grant on drums. Shortly afterward, Chris Christie replaced Udaskin on bass.
In the mid-1960s Ed Wool and The Nomads became one of the biggest bands in the northern Upstate New York region and opened for acts such as Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, the Young Rascals, and accompanied the Rolling Stones along with Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles and Boston\’s the Rockin\’ Ramrods. In 1966, the group secured a recording contract with RCA Victor and cut the single, \”I Need Somebody” b/w “Please, Please, Please.\”
Several line-up changes ensued as the decade progressed. Bassist Christie departed and was replaced by Chuck Martuzes. Ed Wool remained the act\’s focal point. The group was known as the Sure Cure briefly, releasing the Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer-penned \”I Wanna Do It\” for the Cameo-Parkway label.\” In 1967, as the Pineapple Heard, they became first to record Boyce & Hart\’s \”Valleri\”, for the Diamond label—a year before The Monkees had a hit with it. At the end of the decade, the band changed its name to Wool, and recorded the 1969 self-titled album, Wool.