Vanilla Fudge “Vanilla Fudge”

Posted 14 Apr 2012 in Albums of 1967, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll


Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#678 in the Series) is the debut from Vanilla Fudge.

This was another one of those albums that was in my older sister’s record collection as a kid. In fact, one of my sisters saw Vanilla Fudge when they were still playing little bars when they would come thru Chicago.  That must have been pretty darn cool.

However, if you saw them touring for this album, you really didn’t know what they would become. This was their debut, and it was all cover tunes. As we’re well aware, releasing an album of complete covers is en vogue now, but it wasn’t at the time. It was even more surprising considering the completely turned inside-out and flipped upside-down retakes that these songs were given.

One song however, stood above the rest and became a huge hit for Vanilla Fudge. That of course is their retake on Holland, Dozier and Holland’s (via  The Supremes) “You Keep Me Hanging On”.

Seven songs in total complete this effort.  Two of the tracks were Beatles’ tunes. Please keep in mind that these tunes were still somewhat fresh releases at that time. Here they chose to not only cover, but as mentioned, they completely reworked the Lennon and McCartney’s classics “Ticket to Ride” and “Eleanor Rigby”.

Other tracks getting the Vanilla Fudge treatment are Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Rod Argent’s (via the Zombies) “She’s Not There,” and even Sono Bono’s (via Sonny and Cher) “Bang Bang”.

Vanilla Fudge was also known as a launching pad for some great rock and roll careers. Known as one of the original double-bass drummers, Carmen Appice went on to a great career. He’d play with the likes of Beck, Bogert and Appice, Mike Bloomfield, Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Stanley Clarke, Ric Grech, Rick Derringer and even Michael Schenker.  He actually co-wrote “Do You Think I’m Sexy” with Stewart, for what it’s worth.

Bassist Tim Bogert was also in Beck, Bogert and Appice and Cactus.  He’d also spend some time as part of Jeff Beck’s group.

Vince Martell was the lead guitarist and Neil Stein was on keys and vocals. Neil would also spend a part of his career with Alice Cooper.

So what have these four gentleman been doing lately you ask? Well a few years ago they all reunited as Vanilla Fudge. They released a couple albums (In Through the Out Door and When Two Worlds Collide.)  They appeared on The Jimmy Fallon show and performed “You Keep Me Hanging On”.  Check it out below. Enjoy

— Larry Carta

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Ticket to Ride” (Lennon–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 two

  1. “STRA (Illusions Of My Childhood – Part One)” – 0:20
  2. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Eddie Holland) – 7:20
  3. “WBER (Illusions Of My Childhood – Part Two)” – 0:23
  4. “Take Me For A Little While” (Trade Martin) – 3:27
  5. “RYFI (Illusions Of My Childhood — Part Three)” – 0:23
  6. “Eleanor Rigby” (Lennon–McCartney) – 7:40
  7. “ELDS” – 0:31


  • Carmine Appice – drums, vocals
  • Tim Bogert – bass, vocals
  • Vince Martell – guitar, vocals
  • Mark Stein – lead vocals, keyboards


Give it a listen below

Vanilla Fudge on The Jimmy Fallon show.

Here’s more 60s goodies to check out.

  • Al Kooper, Stephen Stills, Mike Bloomfield
  •  Dusty Springfield 'Dusty in Memphis'
  • Jeannie C. Riley 'Harper Valley P.T.A.'
  • Bennett/Brubeck - 'The White House Sessions, Live 1962'
  • Santana 'Santana'
  • Love 'Forever Changes'
  • Slim Harpo 'Baby Scratch My Back'
  • The Shaggs 'Philosophy of the World'
  • Otis Blue 'Otis Redding Sings Soul'
  • The Next Exit 'Break Away'
  • Cliff Nobles & Co. 'The Horse'
  • Jefferson Airplane 'Volunteers'
  • Young-Holt Unlimtited ' Soulful Strut'
  • Count Five 'Psychotic Reaction'
  • The Four Tops (with the Moody Blues) 'Simple Game'
  • Taj Mahal 'Giant Step/De Old Folks at Home'
  • Mason Williams 'The Mason Williams Phonograph Record' Featuring 'Classical Gas'
  • Jerry Reed 'Guitar Man'
  • Cream 'SWLABR'
  • Gary McFarland 'The In Sound'
  • Ray Berretto 'Acid'
  • Willie Nelson 'Crazy: The Demo Sessions'
  • Original Soundtrack Recording 'Midnight Cowboy'
  • The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
  • Whistling Jack Smith 'I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman'
  • The Grateful Dead 'Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966' .. Plus a 'Record Store Day' Recap
  • Robert Preston 'Chicken Fat'
  • James Taylor 'James Taylor'
  • Unit 4 + 2 'Concrete and Clay'
  • Theo Bikel 'Piggies'
  • Bobby Gentry 'The Delta Sweete'
  • The Kinks 'The Great Lost Kinks Album'
  • Elvis Presley 'The Memphis Record'
  • Danny & The Juniors 'At The Hop'
  • Mort Shuman 'Caramels'
  • The Zodiac 'Cosmic Sounds'
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. 'What Kind of Fool Am I and Other Show Stoppers'
  • Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash ‘The Dylan-Cash Sessions’
  • The Buckinghams 'Made in Chicago'
  • Four Just Men 'Things Will Never Be The Same'
  • Gabor Szabo 'Bacchanal'
  • The New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert 1965
  • Clyde McPhatter 'Songs of the Big City'
  • Nina Simone 'Forbidden Fruit'
  • Marvin Gaye 'M.P.G.'
  • Freddie and the Dreamers 'I'm Telling You Now'
  • Little Bob And The Lollipops 'I Got Loaded'
  • Bent Fabric 'The Alley Cat'
  • Cher '3614 Jackson Highway'
  • Arthur Alexander 'Soldier of Love'
  • Jethro Tull 'Stand Up'
  • The Who 'Magic Bus: The Who On Tour'
  • Fats Domino 'Fats is Back'
  • Al Hirt 'Soul in the Horn'
  • Sebastian Cabot, actor; Bob Dylan, poet 'A Dramatic Reading with Music'
  • Original Soundtrack Recording
  • Bread 'Make it With You'
  • The Golden Toadstools 'Silly Savage'
  • The Zombies 'I Love You'
  • Peter Paul and Mary 'If I Had My Way'
  • Zager and Evans 'In The Year 2525'
  • Tim Buckley 'Tim Buckley'
  • John Fahey 'Requia and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo'
  • The Mothers of Invention 'We’re Only In It For The Money '
  • J.J. Johnson 'J.J. Inc.'
  • Phil Spector 'Phil Spector's Christmas Album'
  • Wes Montgomery 'I Love Blues'
  • Andy Williams 'Merry Christmas'
  • Lou Rawls and the Les McCann Trio 'Blues is a Woman'
  • Allan Sherman 'The Painless Dentist'
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet 'Toki's Theme'
  • Arlo Guthrie 'Alice's Restaurant'
  •  Doug Dillard & Gene Clark 'The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark'
  • The Beacon Street Union 'The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union'
  • The Dave Clark Five
  • The Shadows of Knight
  • King Crimson
  • Vanilla Fudge
  • The Guess Who
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Fred Neil
  • Mason Proffit
  • The Ventures
  • Woody Allen
  • The Beach Boys
  • Laura Nyro
  • James Gang
  • Steppenwolf
  • Van Morrison
  • Procol Harum
  • The Band
  • Dion
  •  Iron Butterfly
  •  James Brown
  • Chicago Transit Authority 'Chicago Transit Authority'
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66
  • The Meters
  • Johnny Cash
Posted by Larry Carta

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