Vanilla Fudge (album)

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Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge Debut.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1967
Recorded1967
Genre
Length42:41
Label
ProducerShadow Morton
Vanilla Fudge chronology
Vanilla Fudge
(1967)
The Beat Goes On
(1968)

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Allmusic's Paul Collins retrospectively 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."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ticket to Ride"John Lennon-Paul McCartney5:40
2."People Get Ready"Curtis Mayfield6:30
3."She's Not There"Rod Argent4:55
4."Bang Bang"Sonny Bono5:20

Side 1 of the album ends with: "The following is a series of high-frequency tones..."

Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Illusions of My Childhood, Pt. 1" 0:20
6."You Keep Me Hangin' On"Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland6:42
7."Illusions of My Childhood, Pt. 2" 0:23
8."Take Me for a Little While"Trade Martin3:27
9."Illusions of My Childhood, Pt. 3" 0:23
10."Eleanor Rigby"Lennon–McCartney8:10

The letters in STRAWBERRY FIELDS only appear on the CD cover and not the original album release.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Collins, Paul. Vanilla Fudge [1967 - Vanilla Fudge] at AllMusic. Retrieved July 6, 2011.