VANILLA FUDGE is an American rock band known for their dilatory heavy-rock arrangements of contemporaneous pop songs, You will know them for their amazing cover of The Supremes (Holland–Dozier–Holland) hit “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” see below (heard on the final episode of HBO’s The Sopranos.)
The band are said to have influenced several major bands, including Deep Purple, Styx, and Uriah Heep with their tripping, organ-heavy sounds, slamming rhythms and astonishingly deft interplay between rock motifs and vocal harmony.
The original drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice with bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert, went off to form Cactus in 1970, and afterwards Beck, Bogert & Appice (with guitarist English Jeff Beck) in 1972.
Three of the original members, Appice, Bogert, and Martell, reunited in 1999 with vocalist/organist Bill Pascali (replacing Mark Stein) to record a “greatest hits” album.
And in 2005, all four original members reunited for a tour with members of The Doors (touring as Riders On The Storm) for a series of shows before the band were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
This remarkable band will release a remastered cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘IMMIGRANT SONG‘ on 22nd September 2020 via Golden Robot Records.
“Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin is one of the monster tracks of all time,” says Mark Stein.
“How do you top that? Well, you can’t but we decided to just have fun with it. I came up with this On Green Dolphin Street kinda chord progression as the intro on the synth with a heavy-duty brass sound that worked pretty well. The guys fell into it right quick and it rocks the house. Carmine did a great job with the drum track and Tim and Vince killed it. I did the vocals in Florida and sent it back to Carmine in Los Angeles and he mixed it. Hope you dig it...”