By Jeb Wright
Drummer Carmine Appice has been at the epicenter of classic rock bands such as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus. As a result, he’s influenced some of the top rock drummers today. So, what music influenced him?
The Beatles: Revolver
This album was the basis for Vanilla Fudge when our first album was being created. Revolver was a blueprint for the future. This had it all: The songs, the studio tricks, and the playing were amazing.
The Jeff Beck Group: Truth
The highlight of this album was Rod Stewart’s voice. Beck’s guitar was great and innovative, as always. Rod’s voice was so soulful, and his phrasing was different than any other singer.
Vanilla Fudge: Vanilla Fudge I
This album had the most amazing influence on my life; after all, I was in the band. All of a sudden, I was a rock star playing to big crowds with records on the charts.
Buddy Rich & Max Roach: Rich Versus Roach
Buddy Rich and Max Roach…wow! This album was my next mind-blower, drumming wise. Again, I learned every note on this one.
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced
It was very fresh and had great songs, great innovative guitar and drums. I loved Mitch Mitchell as he fused jazz and rock together.
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I
Zeppelin was a powerhouse band. After touring with them, I loved their power and the cool arrangements they had. I loved John Bonham from day one.
The Police: Outlandos d’Amour
I just love the marriage of rock and reggae. Stewart Copeland played such unique stuff on all The Police albums.
Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Mounting Flame
This album blew me away. The drumming by Billy Cobham was amazing. Every player in the band was awesome. You needed a calculator to listen to the time signature; it was so crazy.
Gene Krupa: The Gene Krupa Story Soundtrack
I loved this movie. I based many things in my career from this movie. I even stole the band answering section and put it on two of my own albums.
Gene Krupa And Buddy Rich: Krupa & Rich
When I started playing rock drumming, I wasn’t very good, so I listened to big band jazz. This album had drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich playing with bands. I learned every note on this record.