Listen – Wool – The Boy With the Green Eyes – MP3
The end of the week is here at last, and I am one tired summamabitch.
In addition to the regular life stuff, appointments, chores and what not, I’ve been working on four hours woth of new mixes, one each for Iron Leg and Funky16Corners (since I’ll be on vacation next week) and a two hour radio show that will be hitting the air in April.
The tune I bring you today was a recent acquisition, a random record show find that I grabbed because it included an interesting cover version.
I won’t be bringing you that particular song today (I’m saving it for another mix) but rather the most excellent flip side of that song.
The group is Wool, the song, ‘The Boy With the Green Eyes’.
Wool (led by Ed and Claudia Wool) were a Syracuse, NY based band that recorded a number of 45s (for RCA, ABC and Columbia) and one full length album between 1966 and 1971. The tune I bring you today, ‘The Boy With the Green Eyes’ was written by Neil Diamond, and is actually a cover of an obscure 1968 single by a very late, very different version of the Angels, famous for ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’.
The Wool version of the tune is a nice bit of psyche pop, with some great, freakbeat-y guitar and tight drums, as well as nice harmony vocals. If you get a chance to hear the Angels’ original (which I’ll post in the future), it sounds a lot more like a Neil Diamond song of the period, sounding as if the arrangement was lifted directly from one of Diamonds publishing demos. Wool do a much grittier take on the song, plus they get extra credit for the album cover with the electrified sheep (that might have made a great group name too).
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back on Monday (posting from the road) with an extra groovy new mix.
Have a great weekend.