In the 1960s, Vanilla Fudge took pop songs that were in rotation on the radio, slowed down the tempo and added elements of both psychedelia and what would later be termed heavy metal. The best example of this is their floating, ultra heavy take on the Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Play that one real loud and try not to put on a dramatic arm-waving lip-synch show. It's impossible. The band was formed on Long Island in 1965 but disbanded in 1970, after constant touring with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and several hit singles under their belt. Bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice played with Jeff Beck for a time, releasing the mega-selling Beck, Bogert and Appice record in 1973. The pair then went on to form the hard-boogeying Cactus.
Classic Album: Disraeli Gears
Runtime: 49 minCREAM was rock's first true "super group". Combining the extraordinary talents of ERIC CLAPTON, GINGER BAKER and JACK BRUCE, this power trio became the template for many hard rock acts of the seventies. The band remains a huge influence on the genre even to this day. Powered by hits such as "Strange Brew" and "Sunshine of Your Love", Cream's second album, DISRAELI GEARS, moved the band beyond the blues into hard-driving, psychedelic pop. This was the album that not only broke the group in the United States but also established Clapton as an international superstar. This addition of Disraeli Gears to the acclaimed Classic Albums series features brand new interviews with Clapton, Baker and Bruce, along with lyricist Pete Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, John Mayall and Manfred Mann. Also included on this program are acoustic performances, original studio tracks and archival live footage.
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minRecorded live at the Mermaid Theatre, London, this is a rare acoustic set from.
The stripped back performances are a testament to the versatility of Uriah Heep - not entirely Unplugged, but most definitely Acoustically Driven.