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Editorial Reviews

Their 1967 debut ladled it on thick with a version of You Keep Me Hangin' On !

1. Ticket To Ride
2. People Get Ready
3. She's Not There
4. Bang Bang
5. STRA (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part One)/You Keep Me Hanging On/WBER(Illusions Of My Childhood...
6. Take Me For A Little While/RYFI (Illusions Of My Childhood-Part Three)
7. Eleanor Rigby/ELDS

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002IAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Hans Pfaall on February 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps Vanilla Fudge is not for everybody because of their unique style and strange vocals, but the truth of the matter is that they were original. This writer sees the album as possibly the first progressive rock release. There are quasi-classical introductions and interludes throughout, predating Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the like. The originality is remarkable, despite the fact that they only covered well-known pop songs of the day. The Beatles Ticket to Ride, the Zombies She's Not There, and the Supremes You Keep Me Hanging On, are the songs that may interest fans of heavy metal. The Fudge gave them a slowed down, dramatic treatment with the heavy organ, active bass, pounding drums, and fuzzy psychedelic guitar. Their version of the Impressions People Get Ready is quite effective with the band's unique vocals, and church styled organ. The only possible weak spot would have to be Sonny Bono's Bang Bang. It has the feeling of a corny soap opera at times, but there are passages between the high-pitched vocals that are extremely heavy. Take Me For a Little While is an effective soul/pop fusion, and was probably the most normal sounding cut. The album ends with a most disturbing, psychedelic, and climactic version of Elanor Rigby, which truly captured the flair the band had for dramatic intensity. This album contains the Fudge's only top 40 hits, Hanging On(#6), and Little While(#38), but the Fudge should really be seen as an albums band. This album is one of Vanilla Fudge's best, and recommended. NOTE: Some reviewers have made the incorrect assumption that the band was nothing more than a studio creation thrown together by the record company. Actually, they were an established band for some time before this album, known as Mark and the Pigeons, influenced by the Long Island Sound of the Rascals, and Vagrants.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five VINE VOICE on January 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Fudge for decades now. They were an amazing psychedelic cover band and this album is a good overview of four of their early LPs.

My biggest disappointment, however, is that it contains the 45 single edit of "You Keep Me Hanging On", which edits the 1st half of the 2nd verse to the 2nd half of the 3rd verse, screwing up the lyrics terribly. Why this edit was ever made in the first place is a mystery to me, and why it has been perpetuated onto this collection is a mystery as well: the full-length track could have easily fit onto this CD.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Samuel B. King on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I remember seeing the Fudge on Ed Sullivan performing YKMHO and SHOTGUN and it blew my mind (to a teenaged guy, loud and heavy was reason enough alone). However, these guys were far better than Blue Cheer or Iron Butterfly - more in the range of early Deep Purple (who - inspired by the fudge, began to also perform "slowed down" versions of other people's songs - "Help" comes to mind). I read in the great book "Strange Brew" that when the Fudge played London, everyone, including the Beatles, Beck and Clapton were in the audience. In fact, Bogart and Appice went on to form the great power trio BBA with the Beckster himself!! Sure, Vanilla Fudge was over the top. But, can you honestly say that Sgt. Pepper wasn't? If you like your music heavy, the Fudge are great. Overdriven B3 organ, fuzzed out 335 and a monster drum kit. Tim Bogert, with his vintage precision was one of the best heavy bass players of his generation, right up there with Felix Papallardi and Jack Bruce. This collection includes pretty well everything you would want from them. Unfortunately their original albums were a bit pretentious (one disc attempting to cover the history of western music - from Beethoven to Glenn Miller and on). You can also forget the rumors that this band was somehow a creation of mafia bosses. Who cares? Shotgun really rocks and You Keep Me Hangin' On is, to my ears, as creative and cool as the original. Vanilla Fudge were obviously influenced by Long Island bands like the Rascals and particularly the Vagrants (who also did a R&B cover - Respect). I would have loved to have seen the Fudge during their prime in NYC!! Check out this CD. Musically these guys are at the top of their game. ONE MAJOR PROBLEM, however. Most of these cuts are edited versions. I prefer the longer, complete performances.Read more ›
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on November 1, 2004
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How many bands could produce an album that reached number three on the national charts consisting entirely of covers of classic compositions ranging from The Beatles, to The Zombies, to Sonny Bono, to The Supremes? That's exactly what Vanilla Fudge accomplished in 1967, "the Summer of Love", with their debut album. The organ heavy/heavy organ arrangements remained on the Top 100 for a remarkable 200 weeks.

'Vanilla Fudge' consists of Vince Martell on guitar, Mark Stein on organ and vocals, and the rugged rhythm section of Tim Bogert on bass and Carmine Appice on drums, who would in the 1970's team with Jeff Beck to form the minor supergroup (how's that for an oxymoron?) 'Beck, Bogert, and Appice'.

This groundbreaking album opens and closes with John Lennon/Paul McCartney compositions. The bombastic 'Ticket To Ride' features organ riffs that sound like a skateboard running over the keys. The band made up for whatever was lacking in their musical expertise through volume and intensity, and this track is the perfect example of that. An elegant funeral dirge-like arrangement of 'Eleanor Rigby' concludes the disc, with a last-second homage to 'Strawberry Fields' titled 'ELDS'. There are three other shorter-than-30 second blips on the disc, along with a couple announcements of tonal offerings from the engineer that lace the set with an atmosphere of experimental psychedelia. These brief tracks are titled 'WBER', 'STRA', and 'RYFI'. Lord knows what they stand for, but you can play them as anagrams for things like 'SLED', 'BREW', 'FIRY' and either 'RATS' or 'STAR'. Knock yourself out.
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