I was reading the the April issue of Prog magazine and came across an article about the Vanilla Fudge. I hadn’t thought of them for many years.
I remember in the mid sixties when I first heard their rendition of Ticket to Ride. I was fascinated by their cover. I went on to buy a couple of their albums including the misunderstood The Beat Goes On.
It had perhaps their best know song – the cover of Donovan’s Season of the Witch.
In the article Jon Anderson of Yes describes how the album influenced their band to do covers including Simon and Garfunkel’s Looking for America. I listened to the album after reading the article and was shocked at how similar parts of it were to what Yes went on and did. I guess they truly were a Prog band and I didn’t know it.
Finally, one of the Albums that I always linked to Vanilla Fudge was Beck, Bogart and Appice. What I remember most was their cover of Stevie Wonder’s Superstitious. Carmine Appice’s drumming on that song in particular really did it for me. Next up on my list.