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Monday, April 21, 2008

Vanilla Fudge - Renaissance (1968)

This album was a fine example of progressive rock, and at the same time, had arguably the most heavy metal credibility out of all the band's releases. For Vanilla Fudge, the album was also the first to feature predominantly original compositions. Some of the highlights were the albums first two tracks, The Sky Cried, and Thoughts. The former featured some excellent guitar work, and is one of the most intense songs the band ever recorded. The latter started off in relaxing fashion before pounding into the bands trademark heaviness. It is the opinion of this writer that usually the best heavy metal has a density of instruments combining, as opposed to sheer volume. This statement would undoubtedly apply to the Fudge, as the organ and fuzz combine for the unparalleled density previously described. There really are not any "obviously inefficient" tracks, arguably making this the band's most consistent album. The album ends with what has to be the most intense version of Season of the Witch ever recorded, and a poem read in a most unusual voice. This version is reminiscent of Vanilla Fudge's earlier version of Eleanor Rigby, but has a paranoid energy that puts it in a class all by itself. The bonus tracks are generally good, with All In Your Mind and Where is My Mind both being effective soul/pop fusion, but the bonus cuts really do not go along with the original album's seven songs. Overall, the album is an emotional roller coaster ride with much mystery and despair. Review Hans Pfaall.


1. The Sky Cried-When I Was A Boy
2. Thoughts
3. Paradise
4. That's What Makes A Man
5. The Spell That Comes After
6. Faceless People
7. Season Of The Witch
8. All In Your Mind
9. Look Of Love
10. Where Is My Mind

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At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last three bonus tracks are listed differently on the CD sleeve pictured-- "You Keep Me Hanging On", "Come by Day, Come by Night" and "People". Was it an alternative reissue?

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