Vanilla Fudge (album)
|Studio album by Vanilla Fudge|
|Label||Atco Records (US)
Polydor Records (UK)
|Vanilla Fudge chronology|
Vanilla Fudge (Atco 33-224/mono, SD 33-224/stereo) is the first album by the American psychedelic rock band Vanilla Fudge. Released in summer 1967, it consists entirely of half-speed covers and three short original instrumental compositions.
The album was Vanilla Fudge's most successful, peaking at #6 on the Billboard album charts in September 1967. Parts of the original stereo LP were actually mixed in mono, including the entire track "You Keep Me Hangin' On". An edited version of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" was released as a single and also charted.
- "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
- "Illusions of My Childhood — Part Three – 0:23
- "Eleanor Rigby" (Lennon–McCartney) - 8:10
The letters in STRAWBERRY FIELDS only appear on the CD cover and not the original album release.
Allmusic's Paul Collins rated Vanilla Fudge four out of five stars. He stated that "nobody could accuse Vanilla Fudge of bad taste in their repertoire" and that most of the tracks "share a common structure of a disjointed warm-up jam, a Hammond-heavy dirge of harmonized vocals at the center, and a final flat-out jam." However, he also said that "each song still works as a time capsule of American psychedelia."
- Carmine Appice - drums, vocals
- Tim Bogert - bass, vocals
- Vince Martell - guitar, vocals
- Mark Stein - lead vocals, keyboards