Saturday, April 4, 2009

some velvet morning, 40 years ago

photograph by don snyder.

This version did not feature on Some Velvet Morning - Eleven Covers
back in February over on the excellent How Marvellous, although Thin White Rope's definitive rendition did, alongside several other hitherto undiscovered gems. In hindsight, I am glad, since it provides me the opportunity to dig out this equally marvellous slowburning version of the Lee Hazlewood classic, from Vanilla Fudge's fourth album release which originally made #16 on the US Billboard charts.

Carmine Appice: drums, vocals;
Tim Bogert: bass, vocals;
Vince Martell: guitar, vocals;
Mark Stein: lead vocals, keyboards.

Engineered by Eddie Kramer and Tony Bongiovi.

As a bonus bordering on excess, given the unseemly length of these jams, I have also included the Carmine Appice composition "Where Is Happiness" - engineered this time by Bob Hughes, and following directly on the back of "Some Velvet Morning" - to demonstrate how this original piece feeds off the group's exemplary Hazlwood reinterpratation.

It seems unfairly rude to edit the two into one somehow. Don't "Bogert" the joint.

VANILLA FUDGE: SOME VELVET MORNING from "Near The Beginning" LP (Atco) 1969 (US)

VANILLA FUDGE: WHERE IS HAPPINESS from "Near The Beginning" LP (Atco) 1969 (US)


Anonymous said...

Vanilla Fudge? Now, you're going to have to post some Mountain. ;-)

ib said...

It's a slippery slope, alright. :)