Velvett Fogg (1969)
Torme’s Peeps Were Not Pleased

A fascinatingly mindless album, lacking all identity and invention, Velvett Fogg’s one and only LP is typical of some of the weightless, organ-heavy blues riffage that got scooped up in the late sixties as record labels collectively threw any psychedelic variants they could find against the wall, just to see what would stick. The Fogg weren’t so sticky. But… having grown up around local-quality hippie rock, I’m still inexplicably attracted to this kind of by-the-numbers wall-bound fodder. “Yellow Cave Woman” is based on a brutally simplistic rhythm, “Wizard Of Gobsolod” is influenced by UK psych pop, “Owed To The Dip” is little more than stoned mall organ jazz, while the Bee Gees cover (“New York Mining Disaster”) appears to be somebody’s idea of a potential hit. The whole album is a mixed bag with nothing to really hang your hat on, so I keep writing to try to remember why I enjoy this sort of thing in the first place… but nothing’s coming. Listen to the opening track, below. It’s not fully representative of the album, but after a few spins you won’t be able to erase the plodding progression from your mind’s hard drive. Which is not necessarily good. Imagine how proud their parents were when they saw the cover. The 1989 CD is still reasonably priced at Amazon, the 2003 version is not.

Yellow Cave Woman (6:57)
New York Mining Disaster (2:55)
Wizard Of Gobsolod (2:57)
Once Among The Trees (5:39)
Lady Caroline (2:23)
Come Away Melinda (5:53)
Owed To The Dip (6:09)
Within The Night (4:46)
Plastic Man (4:45)
Telstar ’69 (2:46) – (Bonus Track)



  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 09:18 | Permalink

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  • P. Albert
    February 19, 2014 - 18:15 | Permalink

    God help me, but I believe I actually like this.

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