It was called a time to “turn on, tune in and drop out.” With its memorable Summer Of Love and the birth of a new world order youth-driven social consciousness, 1967 remains a pivotal year in history. Now, with its latest studio album, reuniting 3/4ths of the original band, Vanilla Fudge pay tribute to the music that made it so special.
Beginning Friday July 24th, Spirit of ’67 is available in a limited 12″ “starburst” vinyl release from Cleopatra Records.
Spirit Of ’67 provides a return to the classic VF sound: slowed-down, heavily-psychedelic arrangements of songs that had been known as Top 40 pop radio hits. The influential ALL MUSIC.com gave Spirit of ’67 its highest 5 star rating. Including all-new versions of iconic hits such as “Gimme Some Lovin'”, “For What It’s Worth,” and “I Can See For Miles,” Spirit of ’67 features that Fudge sound recorded with today’s technology. The result is a trip in the way-back machine that sounds remarkably fresh.
“When you put the needle down on a vinyl recording there was a warmer, analog vibe that is also distinctive,” says vocalist/ keyboardist Mark Stein. “I’m excited Spirit of ’67 will be available now on vinyl blending the old school tradition with the production sound of today.”
Adds drummer Carmine Appice: “Spirit of ’67 for me was a breakthrough album. This was the first time in many years the Fudge sat in a room together to tear apart and reconstruct songs.”
Spirit of ’67 was jointly produced by Stein and Appice, with founding guitarist Vinny Martell, and Pete Bremy, recruited to replace original bassist Tim Bogert, who retired. Vanilla Fudge hit in 1967 with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” That platinum success led to constant touring and TV appearances. They split in 1970, but have reunited a few times since. This marks the first studio album in over 30 years.
“Spirit of ’67,” on vinyl is being released at a time when the world is in turmoil and divided by war…much as it was in 1967 with our first album… Then, our music reached across racial divides and behind the Iron Curtain… Now, we want to reunite with fans and connect with a new generation…”