Near the Beginning

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Near the Beginning
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Studio album by Vanilla Fudge
Released February 1969
Recorded Mirasound Studios, The Record Plant and Live at Shrine Auditorium
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 44:10
58:01 (Re-issue)
Label Atco
Producer Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge chronology
Near the Beginning
Rock & Roll
(1969)Rock & Roll1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Džuboks(Mixed) [2]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Shotgun" (Autry DeWalt) - 6:10
  2. "Some Velvet Morning" (Lee Hazlewood) - 7:34
  3. "Where Is Happiness" (Carmine Appice) - 6:59

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Break Song" (live) (Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell, Mark Stein) - 23:27

1991 Repertoire Records CD bonus track[edit]

  1. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) - 2:46

1998 Sundazed Music CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Good Good Lovin'" (unedited version) (Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell, Mark Stein) - 5:45
  2. "Shotgun" (single version) (Autry DeWalt) - 2:33
  3. "People" (single) (Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell, Mark Stein) - 5:20



  1. ^ Near the Beginning at AllMusic
  2. ^ Vrdoljak, Dražen. "Vanilla Fudge - Near the Beginning". Džuboks (in Serbian). Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine (11 (second series)): 24. |access-date= requires |url= (help)