Near The Beginning (ATCO Records 33–278) is the fourth album by the American psychedelic rock band Vanilla Fudge. It was released early 1969 and featured a cover of the Jr. Walker & the All Stars song "Shotgun".
The album peaked at #16 on the Billboard album charts in March 1969.
- "Shotgun" (Autry DeWalt) - 6:10
- "Some Velvet Morning" (Lee Hazlewood) - 7:34
- "Where Is Happiness" (Carmine Appice) - 6:59
- "Break Song" (Carmine Appice/Tim Bogert/Vince Martell/Mark Stein) - 23:27
CD Bonus Tracks
- "Good Good Lovin'" (unedited version) (Carmine Appice/Tim Bogert/Vince Martell/Mark Stein)
- "Shotgun" (single version) (Autry DeWalt)
- "People" (single) (Carmine Appice/Tim Bogert/Vince Martell/Mark Stein)
- ^ Near the Beginning at AllMusic
- ^ Vrdoljak, Dražen. "Vanilla Fudge - Near the Beginning". Džuboks (in Serbian) (Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine) (11 (second series)): 24.