Vanilla Fudge (album)

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Vanilla Fudge
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Studio album by Vanilla Fudge
Released August 1967
Recorded 1967
Producer Shadow Morton
Vanilla Fudge chronology
Vanilla Fudge
The Beat Goes On

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.

Psychedelic rock Style of rock music

Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, which is centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. Many psychedelic groups differ in style, and the label is often applied spuriously.

Vanilla Fudge American rock band

Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock arrangements of contemporary hit songs, most notably "You Keep Me Hangin' On".

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.


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.


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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

Side one
1."Ticket to Ride" John Lennon-Paul McCartney 5:40
2."People Get Ready" Curtis Mayfield 6:30
3."She's Not There" Rod Argent 4:55
4."Bang Bang" Sonny Bono 5:20

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

Side two
5."Illusions of My Childhood, Pt. 1" 0:20
6."You Keep Me Hangin' On" Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland 6:42
7."Illusions of My Childhood, Pt. 2" 0:23
8."Take Me for a Little While" Trade Martin 3:27
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.


Carmine Appice American musician

Carmine Appice ( ) is an American drummer and percussionist most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and Blue Murder, which also featured John Sykes of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame, and Tony Franklin of The Firm. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.

Tim Bogert American musician

John Voorhis Bogert III professionally Tim Bogert is an American musician. He graduated from Ridgefield Memorial High School in his hometown in 1963. As a bass guitarist and vocalist he is best known for his bass solos. He is a frequent collaborator with drummer Carmine Appice; the duo appeared in such bands as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Vince Martell American musician

Vince Martell is best known as the lead guitarist for Vanilla Fudge.

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  1. 1 2 Collins, Paul. Vanilla Fudge [1967 - Vanilla Fudge] at AllMusic. Retrieved July 6, 2011.