VANILLA FUDGE Box Of Fudge (2010)

Box Of Fudge (2010)
4CDs Of Studio & Live Material. Fans Weren’t Pleased.

Which came first? The iconic opening psych riff from Status Quo’s “Picture Of Matchstick Men,” or the same progression that anchors Vanilla Fudge’s cover of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hanging On?” You make the call (answer below). I’ve always liked the Fudge, despite – no, probably because of – the band’s uniquely 60s approach to rearranging the popular music of the day. Joe Cocker’s bands would (later) become something of a quality benchmark for stoned and vivid re-envisioning of hit radio tunes, but Vanilla Fudge were equally adept, and were at it years earlier (their debut LP contains no original material). Box Of Fudge, however, is considered by many to be a rare misstep by Rhino Handmade. Hard core fans were pretty agitated at the $80 price tag, as it featured two CDs of recycled hits and 2CDs of live stuff. For the casual fan, who hasn’t purchased much of this material in the past, Box Of Fudge is a fine, if not excellent, introduction. Faithful fans with all the albums were expecting more, however, and have copped an attitude about it – like the dissing comments on the Rhino website, or that guy on Amazon who suggested this collection be renamed Fudge Pack. 15 unreleased tracks and the previously unreleased 1969 New Year’s Eve show from the Fillmore West. Hopefully, a Super-Deluxe version will surface with a free lid of weed. Three figures at Amazon, HERE. $80 direct from Rhino.

All In Your Mind (3:05)
Take Me For A Little While (3:20)
Ticket To Ride (5:55)
People Get Ready (6:31)
She’s Not There (4:57)
You Keep Me Hanging On (6:46)
Where Is My Mind (2:46)
The Look Of Love (2:52)
Sketch (3:01)
The Beat Goes On (2:08 )
Come By Day, Come By Night (2:59)
The Sky Cried – When I Was A Boy (7:39)
That’s What Makes A Man (4:29)
Faceless People (6:06)
Season Of The Witch ( 8:53)

Shotgun (6:14)
Some Velvet Morning (7:40)
You Can’t Do That (4:26)
People (5:23)
Good Good Livin’ (Long Version) (5:48 )
Heartache Jam (4:21)
Need Love (4:59)
Lord In The Country (4:33)
Street Walking Woman (6:13)
The Windmills Of Your Mind (6:05)
Jealousy (3:59)
My World Is Empty (4:03)

She’s Not There (Live) ( 8:41)
Shotgun (Live) (6:35)
People Get Ready (Live) ( 8:36)
You Keep Me Hanging On (Live) (7:24)
Season Of The Witch (Live) (11:14)
Break Song (Live) (22:15)

Good Good Livin’ (Live) (5:04)
Ticket To Ride (Live) (5:48 )
Medley: Moonlight Sonata/Fur Elise/Eleanor Rigby (Live) (15:50)
Take Me For A Little While (Live) (5:08 )
Like A Rolling Stone (Live) (7:00)
Love Jam (10:22)
Movin’ On (9:16)
VF Studio Jam (12:27)

PS: Status Quo’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (above) was released in November 1967, “You Keep Me Hanging On,” Vanilla Fudge’s one take “demo,” was issued first, as a single in June 1967.


  • Willard
    December 26, 2011 - 23:15 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • wylie prybar
    December 27, 2011 - 09:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Fudge, Willard! You’ve identified exactly why I didn’t order the Rhino set,
    too little rare material, too much overlap with other releases. And the price. Still, I wouldn’t
    diss Rhino over it. Any “new” VF is welcome, and I greatly appreciate your posting this.
    (Have you heard their Led Zep tribute album? Really odd, in my IMO.)

    The similarities between “Matchstick Men” and VF’s “Hangin’ On” had never occurred to me,
    but seem obvious now that you’ve pointed them out.
    What always baffled me about the VF version of the Motown smash is where they got their
    arrangement out of the Supreme’s original. You may have hit on the answer: they didn’t,
    but cribbed it from Status Quo!

    Great post, thanks! And happy new year! Let’s hope the Mayans were wrong!

    • Willard
      December 27, 2011 - 09:34 | Permalink

      Yeah, I was always of the same mind, too. Left field rock arrangements can be fascinating. I referenced Cocker (A Little Help From My Friends) and it’s the same thing… how do you connect those arrangements? The similarities between Status Quo and VF are probably accidental reworkings of basic riffs – everyone had the same materials back in the 60s. But, it is curious, especially since Fudge’s came first. I’m just concerned that Carmine Appice is gonna show up at my door and kick my ass.

      Oh yeah… the Mayans. When are we supposed to die?
      If the end comes in the form of Carmine Appice, I’ll be pissed.

    • pete
      December 27, 2011 - 13:37 | Permalink

      Cribbed from SQ? Isn’t that bass-ackwards by the chronology above? Enquiring minds are sort of vaguely a little bit curious to know … but if it’s a question of W getting his ass kicked, we’d better be clear.

  • Willard
    December 27, 2011 - 14:00 | Permalink

    Yeah… what you said. Personally, I think it’s a stretch that one influenced the other – they all just seem so disparate – Fudge, Supremes, Quo – so I wasn’t noticing the chronology of Wylie’s comment. But, I wrote a bad review for one of Carmine’s albums back in the 80s, so he’d probably just kick my ass on general principle. Or… for posting his Fudge Box. I don’t think he needs a reason, really.

  • pete
    December 27, 2011 - 14:11 | Permalink

    I don’t think he needs a reason, really. Good a reason as any …

    It’ll probably be next week before I give the matter of A/B/C-ing the variants the attention they don’t deserve. (I’ve long since given all three as much as they do deserve, which is occasional play when the random button brings them up.) But I actually look forward to checking out the rest of the Fudge, so thanks once again! Gaining weight is seasonable, right?

    • Willard
      December 27, 2011 - 15:18 | Permalink

      If you keep devouring Fudge, yeah.

  • wylie prybar
    December 27, 2011 - 15:08 | Permalink

    Er, yeah, I guess June ordinarily comes before November, so the Fudge song predates
    the Quo. Got a bit of chronological dyslexia.

    As you say, W, probably coincidental, like the similarities between the Doom Patrol and
    X-Men, which first hit the stands within months of each other.

    The folks banking on a Mayan expiry date say it’s December, 2012. And a lot of them are
    selling survival gear and underground bunkers, so they have a vested interest.

    If Carmine comes after Willard, we all gotta do the “I am Sparticus” thing … “I am Willard!”

  • Sam
    March 5, 2013 - 11:59 | Permalink

    Naysayers aside, this seems like a perfectly reasonable box set to me. Very few of these things ever really please everybody. I don’t remember anyone complaining about Biograph back in 1985 in spite of the fact that a huge chunk of the selections were just the same old album tracks and hits that got recycled over and over again on every compilation album. Ditto for the (at the time) rather expensive Sound and Vision box in 1989. In fact, if this has 15 unreleased tracks as you note, then it comes pretty close to the number on Biograph if I recall. It really wasn’t until that big bootleg box in 1991 that anyboby decided to just go for it and put out a whole box full of unreleased material. And even then people were grumbling about all the stuff that was left off, know what I mean?

    • Willard
      March 5, 2013 - 14:09 | Permalink

      I think the difference is that Biograph and Sound & Vision were released at the dawn of the CD age. CDs were still new, and box sets were even newer. The Fudge box comes after people have already come to expect more from a box set. Like I mentioned… for new fans, it’s a fine box. For the loyal and devoted, it was a let down… especially coming from Rhino Handmade and especially coming with an $80 price tag. You’re right, you can’t please everybody. This one seemed designed to please only casual fans, or the curious. But, as we all know, the hardcore are going to get it, regardless. And they’re the ones that grumbled most.

  • April 3, 2013 - 12:28 | Permalink

    The Shadow Knows.

  • apf
    April 22, 2014 - 04:09 | Permalink

    Thank you!

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