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SCORCHING BEAUTY

Iron Butterfly

 

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2.53 | 34 ratings

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Jimsey
3 stars Pretty decent.

Iron Butterfly isn't quite Iron Butterfly without Doug Ingle. With that said, the band was apparently suffering from an identity crisis here as they sound more like T.Rex than anything else. But T.Rex is (was) a good band so that's not entirely a bad thing. Scorching Beauty saw the return of the 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' era guitarist Eric Braunn along with the only truly original IB member (along with Doug Ingle) drummer Ron Bushy. That fact alone makes this lineup the most interesting post-Ingle lineup to date. Braunn does deliver some good guitar work here, even though the material never really reached higher ground and the band's efforts pretty much fizzled out among all the top notch music from other bands.

Though there are no clear highlights on the record, the material stays fairly strong throughout. Braunn, Kramer and Reitzes all share the vocal duties and everyone performs real well. The two previous Iron Butterfly records that come to mind while listening to this are Heavy and Metamorphosis. Yet still Scorching Beauty sounds unique when comparing to the rest of the IB catalogue.

In conclusion, this album is far from bad. It may not be the most typical Iron Butterfly record but once you've come to terms with that, you may find that it's a pretty decent 70's rock venture. Atleast it's worth checking out.

Jimsey | 3/5 |

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