Editors’ Notes Though they're seldom given proper credit for it, Vanilla Fudge were the godfathers of progressive rock—a fact that their 1967 debut album makes plain. Sure, they were ostensibly a psychedelic band, but from the opening track's first moments, as singer/organist Mark Stein unleashes a baroque-styled intro to an elongated elaboration on The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," the Fudge pursued a blend of rock 'n' roll fury and classical concepts. In that heady era, the band briefly broke through to the mainstream; their epic, barnstorming take on The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" became a major hit, bringing the album along with it to the upper reaches of the charts. For a record that basically contained no original material (tunes by The Zombies, The Impressions, and Sonny & Cher also get Fudgified here), Vanilla Fudge was a direct and crucial influence on everything from hard rock and heavy metal (Deep Purple) and art rock (Yes) to progressive R&B (The Rotary Connection).

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Ticket to Ride
1
5:56
 
People Get Ready
2
6:33
 
She's Not There
3
4:58
 
Bang Bang
4
5:16
 
Stra (Illusions of My Childhood-Part One) / You Keep Me Hanging On / Wber (Illusions of My Childhood-Part Two)
5
7:25
 
Take Me for a Little While / Ryfi (Illusions of My Childhood-Part Three)
6
3:55
 
Eleanor Rigby / Elds
7
8:11
 

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