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I'm really enjoying this CD. This band Vanilla Fudge have one song that is an absolute rock classic, and every self-respecting rock collector needs to have a copy of this song. How you get it, whether it be 7", the LP or on a comp, is immaterial. So from that standpoint, as this CD has the song You Keep Me Hanging On, you need to buy it.
As to the rest of the CD...the thing with the Fudge is that they developed a trick; get a top hit of the day and drench it in Acid. Slow it down, fuzz it up and swirl it around with a Hammond organ. If you like that trick, which I do, then this is a great CD and you'll enjoy. But towards the end, when they manage to get out from under the shadow of their producer Shadow Morton (Shangri-Las producer) they change and become a hard rock outfit. But this change in sound and material is only on a couple of songs at the end.
It's showing it's age now, bought mainly for the"You Keep me Hanging On" track, always one of my favorite covers from the past. it's all petty good but I think you need to be a dedicated V-F fan to listen right through. Ant.
it seems so strange to be rating and reviewing a disc that goes all the way back to the mid SIXTIES. However in this case that is exactly what i am doing. It has been around for so long now that Vanilla Fudge is again finding a new market...AMAZING. This disc is laced with a number of old Beatles tracks which have been hardened up to fit the temperament of the group. What is truly funny if the attire of the band and their haircuts and the music which simply do not fit together at all. The group are very hard rock while to see them on the street they would seem at home at any Republican town hall meeting that is how far back this disc goes. The age of the disc is also why i held back a star the dated nature of the CD was such that it really was not able to cross into that area of music which we like to call "CLASSIC" by that i mean that such discs as "SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND" is a CLASSIC, David Bowie's "SPACE ODDITY" is a CLASSIC, and finally The Allman Brothers LP/ CD... THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST" is most definitely a CLASSIC..I could go on all day with so many other artists from Jimi Hendrix to Donovan each of them had fantastic pieces of music that was known by EVERYONE in a certain period in time they all were classics. Vanilla Fudge simply did not quite make that extra step up the ladder of success, instead they were parodied by Frank Zappa in his movie 200 Motels ( or so the story goes anyway )......Spigomars
Anda que no ha pasado tiempo desde la publicación de este disco, pero permitió que salieran a la luz nuevos talentos, algunos de los cuales han hecho carrera y se han convertido en importantes en el mundo del rock.