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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Vanilla Fudge - "Near the Beginning" (Atco Records, 1969)
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"<organ solo>"
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Okay, so no G'n'F'n'R today. Sorry Matt. Before the end of the week I swear. I have so many great new LPs that I I need to get the camera out anyway. Not even an impending Pharmacotherapeutics test can kill my buzz over owning Melvins "Houdini" on LP now. I am at once both unable to explain and embarrassed how excited it makes me. And, the best album of the year, Menomena's "Friend and Foe," is being mailed my way on lovely vinyl as well. I have been DYING to review that LP, I had no idea it was pressed. Get that CD BTW. It is simply the pinnacle of 2007 music, and I would say that it would be hard to top it. But Ween does have a new LP soon...
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Carl's Favorite Songs - #35 - Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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By the way, for you new comers, I am listing my top 50 favorite songs of all time. I won;t comment on them until the top ten. They purposely do not match the LPs displayed, and are intentionally brief segments in the posts. That should do for housekeeping for another 15 posts or so...
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The Vanilla Fudge. Pure rock fury. No, that's Clutch. Pure psychedelic fury. More like it. I am posting this both because it is fantastic, and because its a gem in my collection, but also because there isn't much to say. If you like long organ and guitar acid grooves, and like to hear rock/Motown standards turned inside out ala shrooms, then the Fudge is where you are at. Its like progressive rock without the capes and poems. Between "Some Velvet Morning" and the side long Allman Brothers on Acid jam of "Break Song", your mind will be open. I got into them because Frank Zappa mentioned them a lot (negatively however, because people always expected the Mothers to sound like them), and because Al K. played their seminal track/cover tune "You Keep Me Hanging On." Incredible. Definitely head music that was at the same time a cliche and an achievement. If you like the Doors' more spacey jams, and early Yes, Pink Floyd, and Emerson Lake and Palmer, you got your self a new band to check out. Hey stoner, buy it already!
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Horns up!
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2 comments:

Rich said...

Hey Mao,

Does this have You Keep Me Hanging on on it? I love the way Vanilla Fudge does that song.

Stymie

Rich said...

MY bad I Missed that song in your post.

Stymie