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VANILLA FUDGE – August 1967
Although 00individual was getting the psychedelic most from his new friendship with Marijuana, when Vanilla Fudge released their debut album mid-’67 he had not yet taken any psychedelics, like LSD or Mescaline. However, this album was the “advance man” for the rapidly-approaching psychedelic days to come, as the Top 13 Historic & Classic Psychedelic Albums 1967 proves.
Vanilla Fudge used the time-expanding properties of LSD and created intensely dramatic, sometimes heart-rending, nearly operatic versions of big Rhythm and Blues, Soul, and Pop songs and made them their own. These were not cover songs, as once they were mixed through the Vanilla Fudge LSD Machine they came out as a delightful batch of tasty re-invented songs.
While the songs they Fudged were certainly familiar, it was the way they did them that dredged up deep primal dream-state psychedelia. Their stylized version of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is a time-stamp epic of Acid-drenched Psychedelic R’n’B Soul Rock. Yowza!
In ’68, Deep Purple (MKI) were tagged as “the British Vanilla Fudge” with their slowed-down psychedelic rock versions of Soul/R’n’B and Pop songs. Actually, both bands were leaders and explorers of the extended dramatic anthemic Hammond heavy precursor to Progressive Rock – which would magnificently explode in the very early-to-mid ’70s.
So, this is where it was at in the second half of ’67 – from then on every level of Pop Culture, Madison Avenue and even the Mainstream, adopted, exploited, and enjoyed the proliferation of Psychedelic Culture in their music, designs, advertisements, and their lives.
VANILLA FUDGE – Full Album
“Ticket to Ride” (John Lennon-Paul McCartney) – 5:40
“People Get Ready” (Curtis Mayfield) – 6:30
“She’s Not There” (Rod Argent) – 4:55
“Bang Bang” (Sonny Bono) – 5:20
Side 1 of the album ends with: “The following is a series of high-frequency tones…”
“Illusions of My Childhood – Part One” – 0:20
“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland) – 6:42
“Illusions of My Childhood – Part Two” – 0:23
“Take Me for a Little While (Trade Martin) – 3:27 “Take Me for a Little While – Evie Sands’ ’65 hit – 2:35
“Illusions of My Childhood — Part Three – 0:23
“Eleanor Rigby” (Lennon–McCartney) – 8:10
Vanilla Fudge recorded five albums during the years 1967–69 with the original band members:
Mark Stein vocalist/organist, Tim Bogert bassist/vocalist, Vince Martell lead guitarist/vocalist, and Carmine Appice drummer/vocalist.
After Vanilla Fudge’s break-up, the band continued on through personnel changes; Bogert and Appice formed Cactus, and later joined Jeff Beck as Beck, Bogert and Appice.
The original band members reunited on and off over the years and are touring in 2016 with Appice and Martell!
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