Saturday, 15 July 2017
Vanilla Fudge - Rock'n Roll (1969)
The fifth album from this US band.
Vanilla Fudge was a quartet with a lineup of guitars, drums, bass, keyboards and vocals.
Strangely enough, they had the same lineup and setup as they were when they started up. But the band broke up for 15 years after this album before they reformed for a short while in 1984, 2002 and 2007.
The classic Vanilla Fudge, the real Vanilla Fudge can be found on their first five albums. Their 1960s albums. The quality of those five album varies from turkeys to some good albums.
Unfortunate, Rock & Roll is not the right way to go out on. Two of the band members were already involved with Jeff Beck in Beck, Bogart & Appice. The two others were also making other plans... post-Vanilla Fudge plans.
The songs here are a mix of gospel, soul and some hard rock. That with the full Vanilla Fudge treatment.
The songs are not the usual Vanilla Fudge standard and not even some very good keyboards work can hide that. That said, this is not a turkey, this album. But it is only a half decent album, done by a band already being broken up by it's members. This is not a good way to go out.