Proto-metal rockers Vanilla Fudge have announced the release of a new album that returns them to the music of their heyday. Titled Spirit of ’67, the album–featuring three of the four original members and produced by vocalist/keyboardist Mark Stein and drummer Carmine Appice–contains ten covers of popular songs from 1967 as well as one original song by Stein.
The album should be very much in character for a band whose biggest hits in the late 60s were heavy, slow, extended covers of popular songs of the day. Among the songs covered on Spirit of ’67 are songs originally performed by the Monkees, Marvin Gaye, the Who, and the Rolling Stones, as well as several others.
The band promises that the new album fits within the tradition of a band often referred to as the link between psychedelia and heavy metal–a band for whom Led Zepplin opened on their first American tour. Guitarist Vinny Martell says that “Spirit of ’67 is the continuation of the journey we began in the Summer of Love–psychedelic, rhythmically powerful arrangements and performances of happening tunes of that era colored by the insight and vision of who we are today.”
The album will be released on March 3rd. Check out the tracklist for Spirit of ’67 below:
1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
2. The Letter
3. I Can See For Miles
4. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
5. The Tracks Of My Tears
6. I’m A Believer
7. Gimme Some Lovin’
8. For What It’s Worth
9. Ruby Tuesday
10. Whiter Shade Of Pale
11. Let’s Pray For Peace