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Vanilla Fudge



4.08 | 108 ratings

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5 stars This album is indeed one of my favourites, so ahead of its time in so many different ways (as mention before by other reviewers). I find all the songs on the album to be strikingly beautiful and very well composed, the psychedelic and powerful guitar playing of Vince Martell, the furious organ of Mark Stein, not to forger his unbelievable strong vocal capabilities which may take some getting used to as first as they can be overwhelming and last but not least the excellent and befitting roles of Carmine Appice on bass and Tim Bogert on drums.

There is no weak points in this album as far as I'm concerned (thought naturally there are the more powerful and less powerful songs), and to me there is no doubt this is Vanilla Fudge's best album as it brings so many musical diversities, just listen to 'Season Of The Witch' (a Donovan cover) which is just so bizzare and freaky yet keeps a relatively simple structure throughout the song.

Actually I have a personal amusing story in relation to this band. first of all I'll tell you that I am 20 years of age and I live in israel. About 9 months ago (late 2006) I was driving with 2 of my friends down to the cinema, I was driving in my car and had Caravan And Vanilla Fudge playing on my radio disc player, now to be honest my friends don't exactly like or even appreciate a lot of my music and they did not like Caravan or VF.. they complained about it all the way (and frankly I do the same when they're driving in their car with their music). When we arrived to the cinema (it was a huge complex) we walked pass a poster shop with all kinds of band/movie posters, one of my friends had jokingly suggested to me to go there and check if they've had any Vanilla Fudge posters, obviously I knew the chances that they've had any was extremely slim to no chance at all but I went for it just for the laught of it. I approaced the woman by the casheer and asked if they had any Vanilla Fudge posters, she looked at me in what I would describe a look of shock and asked me where I knew of Vanilla Fudge from.. it turns out that about 30 something years ago that same woman was the band's neighbour when she lived in america! she used to listen to them rehearse all the time but I'm not quite sure if she liked it!! haha what a laugh I and my friends had after that.. just to find a person in israel that would know of them would be considered lucky but to find their neighbour from 30 years ago... well that's just a HUGE F*CKING COINCIDENCE!!!!

But, I digress... back to the album. well nothing much more to add just listen to it for yourselves and discover the magic and wonder that is Vanilla Fudge!! I recommend it wholeheartedly.. 10/10

Verwuestung | 5/5 |


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