authentic trip back in time to the heyday of 60s pop and psychedelia,
Love-In: A Musical Celebration Of The Summer Of Love
features key, nostalgic in concert performances by a number of
top musicians who made history back in 67. The DVD was put together
by Anthony Adamswho released his documentary on the history
of the guitar entitled Primal Twang back in 2007. Adams
latest venture into bringing music history into focus, Love-In
the musical features storyteller Ben Vereen narrating the
story of 1967 in words and song with some of the main movers and shakers
of the year. Love-In highlights include Jesse Colin Young
of The Youngbloods, Vinny Martell, guitarist in Vanilla
Fudge, Strawberry Alarm Clock performing their great 67
number 1, Incense And Peppermints and much more. A rare
set by Peter & Gordondrawing on their 67 Lady
Godiva album (one of four albums P&G made that year!)mix
things up with jazz-fusion guitar hero Eric Johnsonhere
in top form playing tribute to Clapton and Hendrixdrumming legend
Buddy Miles and a host of fine players in the Love-In backing
band. Similar in concept to Adams Primal Twang musical,
Love-In benefits from its selective spotlight on the
classic year of 1967 and as such would make a great Broadway musical.
Expertly filmed and recorded, 108 minute Love-In also features
5.1 soundtrack, bonus tracks, trailer and photo gallery. The DVD starts
off slowly but before you know it, youll be chanting let
the sunshine in! www.LoveInTheMusical.com
MWE3.com speaks to Vanilla Fudge
guitarist Vinny Martell
about his performance on the Love-In DVD and much more!
MWE3: How did you become involved in the Love-In DVD and what
did you think about the concept and playing on the same bill with
those giants like Jesse Colin Young and Strawberry Alarm Clock?
VM: I became involved with the Love-In, DVD when my agent made
the connection with Adams Entertainment. The show was September 6
through the 9th in 2007 at the Birch North Park Theater in San Diego.
It was Love-In: A Musical Celebration marking the fortieth
anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival featuring many renowned acts,
including the master of ceremonies, Ben Vereen.
The producers and writers, Anthony and Christina Adams came up with
a great concept of storytellingpart documentary with historic
footage and part live performanceby the artists who were part
of this history. It was a great experience to be on stage with my
comrades from the sixties: Buddy Miles, who turned sixty that week,
Jesse Colin Young, Strawberry Alarm Clock, to name some.
The live shows were like being transported back in timeoils,
similar to the Joshua Light Show, were part of the backdrop. A great
variety of acts from the Motown sound of Earl Thomas to the East Indian
Oms emanating from the sitar of Kartik Seshadri made me feel as if
I had fallen through a time warp. There was footage from Monterey,
with hippies dancing and grooving at the same time that the Love-In
dancers and various acts performed. Everyone was representedfrom
east to west in the USA and across the globe.
I played "You Keep Me Hangin' On"the Ed Sullivan version,
of course, because the album version was too lengthy. Then I performed
my revised arrangement of "Bang-Bang"an intro that
melds Dvorak with Griegwith the Love-In band , accompanied
by Denver recording artist Peg Pearl, who also performs with my solo
project. The aura both on stage and behind the scenes was one of peace
and love and diversity. It was trippy. Great artists and great people!!
MWE3: What are your current activities and can you say something about
your current recording projects? Are all the Vanilla Fudge CDs still
in print and are there plans for a Vanilla Fudge reunion or other
VM: My current projects include performing with my solo project. Our
most recent stint was at BB King's Blues Club in NY CityConcert
for Bangladeshwith many renowned musicians, such as Randy Jackson
of Rainbow. I also performed for Jimi Hendrix's 65th birthdaythe
artists included Dr. John, Honeyboy Edwards, Jack Cassidy of Jefferson
Airplane, to name some. I have three solo CD's, including a tribute
to Jimi Hendrix with whom the Vanilla Fudge toured extensively. My
group is also part of Oldies.com Classic Records series which include
bands from the sixties. Catch my two weekly radio shows out of WNJC
The Vanilla Fudge just completed a new CD, Out Through the In Door,
on which we "Fudgized" Led Zeppelin. The four originals
have reunited-we did VH-1 classics Decades of Rock at the Taj Mahal
in '05 with The Doors, Steppenwolf and The Yardbirds. Currently, Mark
Stein and I are playing the Hippiefest this summer alongside The Turtles
and various other sixties groups. Jack Bruce was going to be part
of it, but his health didn't permit. That's why we must keep rockin'
while we still have the energy and the spirit.
Vanilla Fudge CD's are still outthe first album is out through
ATCO, then there are re-releases of the other four albums through
MWE3: What guitars were you playing on the Love-In DVD? Can
you remember what guitars you played on the original Vanilla Fudge
version of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" from 1967? Can you mention
your favorite guitars or other guitar related news from you?
VM: On the Love-In DVD, I am using an ESP Les Paul style guitar,
one of my endorsements. The guitar I used in 1967 on "You Keep
Me Hangin' On" was a 1960 cherry red Gibson 335 (semi-hollow
body). This was one of my favorite guitars. I also have a '64 SG that
I used on a gig with The Rolling Stones back in 1968. I have had many
Les Pauls from various years, including a very old '58 with a wooden
MWE3: What are some of your favorite memories from 1967 from the era
of the first Vanilla Fudge album on Atco? It really was the most amazing
year for music wasn't it? Can you mention some of your favorite albums
from 1967 and can you also say something of your big musical / guitar
VM: I think the most vivid memory of 1967 was when we heard our song
on the radiothe legendary Scott Muni played the mono version
of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on his station, WNEW FM (FM
was the "underground" then). We took New York City by storm.
What I find so inspiring about the DVD Love-In, as well as
the live performance, is that it captures the real vibe of 1967. 1967
was a time of political, social and musical upheaval. In many ways,
we find ourselves in a similar social frame today: war, people unhappy
with their government. Then we found peace and escape and answers
through music and psychedelics. That was the beauty of that period.
We were fearless. There were no limits, in our minds, as to the heights
we could reach in art and social change. I think we need to join together
today as one people with the same dream of harmony, peace and freedom.
Music can still do this!!
Records from 1967? I treasured The Jimi Hendrix Experience. I really
dug Cream. Growing up, my influences were classical music and Lonnie
Mack. I loved and still love the old blues, Freddie King, also Link
Wray. I was also very influenced by Django Reinhardtwhat
a master at his craft!
Thanks to Vinny Martell @ www.VanillaFudge.com