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Founded in San Diego, USA in 1966 - Disbanded in 1971 - Reformed in 1974, 1987 and 2015 - Still active as of 2018

Doug Ingle (Vocals, Organ) formed the first incarnation of 'Iron Butterfly' in 1966 in San Diego with drummer Ron Bushy. After the group moved to Los Angeles and played the club scene, it secured a recording contract and got national exposure through tours with 'the Doors' and 'Jefferson Airplane'.

Following the release of their 1968 debut album, "Heavy", original members Jerry Penrod (bass), Darryl DeLoach (vocals), and Danny Weis (guitar) left the band and were replaced by guitarist Erik Brann and bassist Lee Dorman. Weis went on to join 'Rhinoceros'. Later that year, the new line-up recorded "In A Gadda Da Vida", a masterpiece of heavy, psychedelic acid rock, which sold four million copies, spent over a year in the Top Ten, and was the first album to receive platinum certification after the RIAA instituted the award. (The title has been translated as "in the garden of Eden" or "in the garden of life.") A shortened version of the title track, which contained extended instrumental passages with classical/Eastern-influenced organ, plus a two-and-a-half-minute drum solo, reached number 30 on the singles charts. The follow-up, "Ball", showed greater musical variety and went gold, followed by two more album releases in 1970 - "Live", and "Metamorphosis".

Erik Braunn left the group and was replaced by guitarists Mike Pinera and Larry 'Rhino' Reinhardt, but the group's success was largely over. Iron Butterfly broke up in 1971; Braunn and Bushy re-formed the group in the mid-'70s.

Thanx to Progman for research!

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com : Alongside the likes of DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN and VANILA FUDGE, Iron Butterfly pioneered Hard/Heavy Rock and combined ProtoProg and Psychedelia.

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IRON BUTTERFLY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.28 | 80 ratings
Heavy
1968
3.42 | 233 ratings
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
1968
3.09 | 52 ratings
Ball
1969
3.44 | 78 ratings
Metamorphosis
1970
2.53 | 34 ratings
Scorching Beauty
1975
3.23 | 32 ratings
Sun And Steel
1976

IRON BUTTERFLY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.12 | 24 ratings
Live
1970
4.44 | 9 ratings
Fillmore East 1968
2011
4.67 | 3 ratings
Live At The Galaxy 1967
2014

IRON BUTTERFLY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 4 ratings
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
1995
4.67 | 3 ratings
Rock 'N' Roll Greats - Iron Butterfly: In Concert!
2004
5.00 | 3 ratings
Concert and Documentary - Europe 1997
2008

IRON BUTTERFLY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 3 ratings
Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly
1970
3.17 | 4 ratings
Rare Flight
1984
3.58 | 8 ratings
Light And Heavy: The Best Of Iron Butterfly
1993

IRON BUTTERFLY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Don't Look Down On Me / Possession
1967
4.50 | 2 ratings
Possession / Evil Temptation
1967
4.25 | 4 ratings
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
1968
4.00 | 1 ratings
Unconscious Power
1968
2.09 | 3 ratings
Silly Sally
1971

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 Scorching Beauty by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.53 | 34 ratings

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Scorching Beauty
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Thenewrider

4 stars In 1975 Iron Butterfly reformed with Erik Braunn and Ron Bushy and released this album. Contrary to the belief of many this album is really good. 1975 Overture provides a great start to this album and Pearly Gates is a highlight of the album. The song People Of The World is the worst of the songs here as it sounds like any other song from the mid 1970's. The other highlights of the album are High On A Mountain Top and Am I Down.

Lots of Iron Butterfly fans dismiss this album and the next album Sun And Steel as mediocre albums. I disagree with that statement. Scorching Beauty is still the lesser of the two mid 70's reunion albums as Sun And Steel is an unsung classic. Despite that this album is still very good. Although it's nothing like In A Gadda Da Vida this album deserves more recognition.

 Scorching Beauty by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.53 | 34 ratings

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Scorching Beauty
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Four years after their first break up, Iron Butterfly comes back in January 1975 with Scorching Beauty. The album had a stunning cover art and photography, but it was a big, big disappointment. Although they still had half of the classic line up (guitarist Erik Brann and original drummer Ron Bushy) on board, the music had almost nothing reminding of their former self: without Doug Yule´s distinctive vocals and organ it just does not sound like Iron Butterfly at all. Worse: the new compositions were also very different and closer to the early 70´s hard rock cliches.

That would not be a big problem if they only were a little more inspired and convincing. Ok, the tracks are not all bad. The opener 1975 overture and Hard Miseree are quite pleasant and have their merits. However, they are easily counterbalanced by the mediocrity of the remaining cuts (Am I Down and People of The World are especially hard to listen to). Erik Brann proves himself a decent singer and his guitar skills are obvious, and the band is very tight, but the weak compositions really blew the whole experience. So much so that even the good production and nice performances could not save the project.

From now on Iron Butterfly was a completely band altogether. And they would only prove themselves worth with their next release Sun and Steel. This one is only for collectors and completionists.

 Metamorphosis by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.44 | 78 ratings

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Metamorphosis
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars Every time I've seen Iron Butterfly's history, their profile has a whole, and the music they've created, I've always thought of them as steadfast. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, for all intents and purposes, should not have been as successful as it was. An 18-minute long acid trip jam? Many others at the time tried to achieve the same thing and failed, but these Californians somehow managed to turn such a product of the times into a product that stands the test of time (and made a boat-load at that). Something as miraculous as this is hard for anyone to followup, let alone a half-stoned [&*!#] rock band like Iron Butterfly was. They managed it though, the following album Ball (1969) charting even higher than it's predecessor in the U.S.

Iron Butterfly managed to make magic happen twice. I guess the obvious question that should and was asked was: "can they do it again?" Yes and no.

There's a difference this time around. Metamorphosis, released the following year after Ball, charted at 16 in the U.S. Now, in any other circumstance this would be laudable, because obviously it's not easy to whip up a record that charts in the first place. But for Iron Butterfly, this was practically dismal. Granted, 'Easy Rider' did chart 66 on Billboard, being I.B.'s biggest hit since 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida', although I personally owe this more to the success of the latter and name recognition as opposed to song quality (who knows, the 70's were easily pleased). So, financially-wise, Iron Butterfly were sort of able to hit the gold once more. However, musically-wise, Metamorphosis is different from all of it's predecessors, even including Heavy. A sense of fragility (that granted plagued many bands during transitional periods) comes into play here, because the band slowly started going downhill after their monster-hit, and Metamorphosis was the last album regarded at least decently by critics. On this particular album, the original line- up is broken, with guitarist Erik Brann parting ways due to band conflicts. Replacing him, flatteringly enough, was four different session guitarists. Mike Pinera of Blues Image and Alice Cooper (as well as Ramadam, a supergroup formed with Mitch Mitchell of Jimi Hendrix Experience), Larry Reinhardt (future Captain Beyond along with Dorman), Bill Cooper, and even producer Richard Podolor on the twelve-string.

Metamorphosis is really the culmination of Iron Butterfly's slowly building up musical consistency since In-A-Gadda- Da-Vida. This applies for musicianship (because honestly they weren't the greatest players), production, and songwriting. The production is much higher, and allows for a more dynamic sound in both the experimental and traditional departments. Speaking of experimental, critics tend to refer to Iron Butterfly post-Vida as being more and more musically adventurous, and I would tend to agree. Metamorphosis puts a much greater emphasis on the progressive/space rock side of the band, something I've always found remarkably endearing when it comes to them in particular. Mostly this is on the smash epic 'Butterfly Bleu', a masterpiece of proto-metal and prog music that rivals even I-A-G-D-V (except is much more structured and, dare I say, intelligent?). Still retaining a spaced-out, pseudo complex attitude, 'Butterfly Bleu' manages to be heavy, emotional, and eclectic all in on package. It also funnily enough features one of the earliest uses of a talk-box (yeah, that thing Bon Jovi used on 'Livin' On a Prayer' to make his guitar go "rwoworwowrwow") during a gritty section on the latter half of the epic. Of the traditional we have 'New Day', a Steppenwolf-esque song headed off by a disarmingly good catchy riff. 'Shady Lady' is, at times, your standard brand of funky blues-rock, but it delves into extremely dark tonal shifts at certain areas. The rest of the album is rather expected of Iron Butterfly, being basically cheesy rock n' roll tunes molded by quasi-hippie zeitgeist ('Soldier In Our Town'), but I suppose the big single 'Easy Rider' has it's moments as well.

The band itself does very well for itself on this particular album. As aforementioned, four different multi-talented guitarist make themselves well-known on Metamorphosis. Mike Pinera's (presumably) part on 'Butterfly Bleu' with the talk-box always makes me smile ever time I hear it. It really makes the song have a bigger personality (of course his vocals on the rest of the song is good as well, putting on a zealous, emotional performance). The Iron Butterfly themselves are nothing to scoff about of course, But it's clear that the talents of Ingle, Dorman, and Bushy are not without merit. The band's made their abilities clear ever since 'Vida' in '68, and here they meld almost perfectly with their session musicians.

Some may get turned off by Iron Butterfly's material, but for me Metamorphosis is nothing short of a wonderful surprise. People wanted the Butterfly, and they got the Butterfly.

 Heavy by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.28 | 80 ratings

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Heavy
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Through many years I was very curious about this debut album by proto proggers Iron Butterfly. Heavy was mentioned on the liner notes of the famous In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, but was never released in Brazil. So only recently I had the chance to listen to the album, some 40 years after I had their second iconic LP. All I can say about it now that it was indeed quite a promising album. The band was already finding their own sound but not quite got it on Heavy: the first two tracks, Possession and Unconscious Power, they showed their real strength: heavy (for the time) guitar and organ interplay laced with Doug Ingle´s fine, dramatic vocals. Unfortunately they also had mediocre tracks like Get Out Of My Life, Woman and, worse, three tunes that are sung by Darryl DeLoach, a weak singer that was no match to Ingle.

Overall I liked the album. Although they were still finding their own sound and had yet to honey their songwriting skills in some ways, they did a pretty good job as a whole for a debut. Of curse the lesser tracks are just pastiches of other contemporary organ-led groups like The Doors and Vanilla Fudge. You can´t Win is another fine track that showed what would be the IB sound, along with the instrumental closing Iron Butterfly Theme. There are also some short interesting instrumental parts on the other songs, but as one can expect this is the famous case of hit or miss. And there were slightly more hits than misses. The lesson was learned as their next album would prove, even if at the expense of three original members.

Nice debut with a few promising ideas that, fortunately, would be developed on their following works.

Rating: 3 stars. Good, but non essential.

 Ball by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.09 | 52 ratings

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Ball
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I used to read this metal magazine that was published in Canada called "Metallion". It covered everything from hard rock to thrash metal and was great for featuring homegrown metal bands. There was also a page called "Roots of Metal" that featured bands like The Yardbirds, Ten Years After, Cream, Vanilla Fudge, and Iron Butterfly. I recall one part of the Iron Butterfly article that said after the fantastic success with "In-A-Gadda-Da- Vida", the same line-up returned to record an album that "sounded like it was recorded between someone's coffee breaks".

As for me, I don't view the album so derisively. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" had some great moments but there was also the other side of Iron Butterfly, the Butterfly side that was pretty hippy dippy ("Flowers and Beads" anyone?).

"Ball" opens with a stunningly heavy intro complete with harsh power chords, cymbal crashes, and a bizarre dragging/pulsing effect that creates an ominous and forbidding atmosphere. The song itself is a cross between haunting and pretty with inserts of heavier moments, particularly near the song's conclusion. Though not as straightforward as say "Iron Butterfly Theme" or the short version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", this song shows Iron Butterfly's darker side.

The rest of the album covers a variety of approaches, bringing in some light funk mixed with psychedelia like "Soul Experience", or the tension-filled "Real Fright" with its hurried suspense/spy movie bass line. There's Doug Ingle's balladeer vocal showcase, "Lonely Boy" which will either have you stabbing at the skip button right away or you might appreciate it for the effort. "This Must Be Love" sees a gradual building of psychedelic hard rock guitar, and "Belda Beast" is credited to young Eric Braun who shows off his vocal and guitar talents.

On "Ball" there's also an overall impression that Iron Butterfly was moving into more progressive territory. In particular, I find songs like "Her Favorite Style" and "Filled with Fear" feature an almost classical approach to composition in the way the guitar, bass and keyboard work together. The song structures take the album away from the standard pop song, and for that I actually find this album to be an interesting and enjoyable musical melange of psychedelic adventures. Of course such a mixed bag will have songs that bomb for some people, and I myself don't claim every effort to be a treat. In a way, this album is one of the last of its kind because heavy psych, heavy blues, and hard rock was taking a turn in 1969 and things were getting a whole lot heavier. Still, Braun makes some good use of his fuzz box at times. As for the prog aspect, it's a pretty good step in the right direction; however, things were about to become even more interesting.

Four stars for creativity but three for the overall result.

 Metamorphosis by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.44 | 78 ratings

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Metamorphosis
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Many people turned their backs on Iron Butterfly by the time this album came out, because it's not like In-a-Gadda-da-Vida. What they did was go a more heavy, bluesy direction. No more "flowers and beads", after flower power looked rather ridiculous by 1970 (in fact, flower power was already looking silly by the end of 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, not to mention the Vietnam War becoming uglier. I associate flower power with the Summer of Love in 1967). Erik Braunn is now gone, replaced by Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt and Mike Pinera. It seems they were looking for biker cred, after all, the gatefold depicts Lee Dorman on a motorcycle, and one of the songs is called "Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)". The music now brings to mind Steppenwolf, as it has a more bluesy feel, not to mention the Vox Continental organ was replaced by a Hammond organ. So in 1970 Iron Butterfly is still stuck in 1968, but not of the "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" variety, but of the Steppenwolf variety. Even Doug Ingle vocals remind me of John Kay. "A New Day" is a pretty typical song for this album. Heavy bluesy rock that fans of Steppenwolf could relate to. "Shady Lady" also has a bluesy feel, but Doug Ingle uses a Hohner Pianet on this piece, and a pretty interesting use of it. "Best Years of Our Lives" and "Stone Believer" shows more of this heavy blues-influenced rock side, but "Slower than Guns" is extremely different, an acoustic piece with sitar. Makes you wonder why Iron Butterfly was not using a sitar during the "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" days, when every other psychedelic band was using one. "A Soldier in Town" refers to a soldier actually being Cupid. It's a rather slow piece but Doug Ingle really shouts here. "Easy Rider" was apparently a minor hit for the band, but I was too young to experience FM rock radio when it was still "progressive FM rock" radio (that format pretty much went defunct by 1975 in favor of commercial AOR) who would favor album cuts over hit singles (including "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" in all its glory, and not the 3 minute edited single version as heard on commercial AOR FM rock radio post-1975). That meant I never remembered hearing that song on the radio, so it was brand new to me buying this album. "Butterfly Bleu" is really a divisive cut for many. It's over 13 minutes long. Starts off bluesy, but you'll notice elements of space rock as it continues on, some more bluesy passages, and perhaps one of the earliest uses of the talk box through the guitar (which Joe Walsh and most notably, Peter Frampton were most famous for using a few years later). But some of the experiments might seem over the heads, it does seem a bit disjointed in places. It's strange, maybe not the best way to end the album. Regardless, this album took me by surprise. Didn't expect them to sound like this, but I like it. Iron Butterfly was never exactly a darling of rock critics, and I seriously doubt this album would help them change their attitudes. Don't expect another In-a-Gadda-da-Vida, but recommended for those who don't mind bluesy heavy rock.
 Silly Sally by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1971
2.09 | 3 ratings

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Silly Sally
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

2 stars A now very rare single and also a single which I never knew anything about it until yesterday I visited youtube and I found it and I could listen to both sides of it.

The other information I could find in the web about it is that it was the last single that the band released before they split in 1971, and the "A" side was even recorded without Doug Ingle who left the band. But he appears in the "B" side, which is a song taken from their 1970 album titled "Metamorphosis (with Pinera and Rhino)".

So, the "A" side, "Silly Sally" (composed by Pinera and other songwriter who was not in the band), was recorded as a quartet by Ron Bushy, Lee Dorman. Mike Pinera and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt and without keyboards. It also includes a horns section plus backing singers. It was sung by Pinera very well and it sounds like a Rhythm and Blues song influenced by James Brown and Wilson Pickett . The lead vocals by Pinera sound to me a bit similar to John Fogerty`s vocals too, from the band "Creedence Clearwater Revival". The song really does not sound as the typical song I could expect from Iron Butterfly. I don`t know why it was released, but it seems that it only was released in this single and was totally forgotten because as long as I know it was not a Hit anywhere. Maybe it was recorded as a "contract filler" with the record label or as a last attempt from the band to "re-start" as a band without Ingle. The song is not bad but it does not sound like a song from Iron Butterfly , and it really sounds very typical from the late sixties / early seventies, and a bit dated too.

The side "B" , "Stone Believer", has Doug Ingle very present on lead vocals (shared with Pinera) and keyboards, and while it also sounds like a not very typical song from this band, Ingle`s presence make it somewhat more recognizable as a song from Iron Butterlfy. Until now I still have not yet listened to the "Metamorphoisis" album as a whole, but it seems to me that Erik Brann`s departure and replacement by two guitarists (Pinera and Rhino) made the band change their sound a lot. But the change in sound was even more drastic when Ingle left the band.

Anyway, two good songs for my taste, and maybe this single is now very hard to find. For Iron Butterfly`s more dedicated fans and collectors.

The band was going to reform many times since 1974, and with a lot of different line-ups until 2102, when Lee Dorman died. He was one of the most present members of this band in their line-ups in all their more than 40 years of existence as a band, But they released their last album (without Dorman and Ingle but with Bushy and Brann) in 1975, becoming later more a touring band than anything else.

 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.42 | 233 ratings

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Flowers and Beads

1968 was a pretty tasty year on the coast and an early peak for Iron Butterfly, an acid-rock band with a pleasantly cheesy streak. This was an album I truly did discover by rifling through my older siblings LPs and deciding I needed to "borrow" this strange titled disc. Even back in the 70s I recognized that the band felt dated and as I got older it seemed everyone liked to ridicule this album despite professing some level of affinity for it. I join with a minority of my fellow reviewers in preferring the short tracks on side one to the legendary behemoth of side two.

While the music within was nothing new by '68 and the writing less exciting than something like "Piper at the Gates", In-A-Gadda is a fine album and one that I enjoy as much today as anything by the Doors for whom they are so often compared. And while Butterfly never had the luxury of an explosive Jim Morrison at center stage, in my opinion their musicians are just as interesting. Ingle's organ sound and playing have a sinister vibe and depth to them, very cool, his playing holds my attention far more than Manzarek's endless repetitions. Erik Brann is a cool guitarist with a penchant for melodic lines and crisp, biting chord strums. Side one's short tracks are an interesting slice of psych-pop with a great period organ sound that should please any fan of the genre. Side two has some glorious moments as well, but suffers somewhat from the fact that about 10 minutes of cool music are stretched a bit much at 17 minutes. Yet its dramatic forays play out like music for an exploration, with big riffs and over-the-top organ, strange Syd-inspired screeches, effective near-silence, and even a drum solo. If you got the time, why not? Turn out the lights, kick back, and time travel back to the good days.

An easy recommendation to fans of 60s psych rock and organ rock. There is plenty of fun here if you don't take things too seriously.

 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.42 | 233 ratings

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Call me a philistine, but I actually think the first side of Iron Butterfly's In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida is better than the side-long title track. The brace of heavy psych numbers (reminiscent of Love and, occasionally, the wilder moments of the Doors) the album opens with benefit from tight songwriting and an absence of filler (and tedious drum solos) that the second side can't boast. Although side-long songs would end up becoming a tradition for prog and the proggier end of heavy psych, this early example of the form fails to satisfy because the fact is that it's a three- minute psych number padded out with 14 minutes of filler and redundant repetition. Still, at least side A cooks.
 Rare Flight by IRON BUTTERFLY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1984
3.17 | 4 ratings

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Rare Flight
Iron Butterfly Proto-Prog

Review by The Mystical

3 stars "Rare Flight" is a retro reissue of two of Iron Butterfly's albums, "Heavy" and "Ball". The reissue has a certain retro charm to it, and it is quite a rarity.

"HEAVY" - 3.5 stars "Heavy" is a nice little album - short (clocking less than 30 mins), catchy, and an easy listen. The band is rather tight in this release too. I find myself listening to this album quite often, though I do find it a little inferior to their other early albums. I think I find myself listening to "Heavy" frequently because of it's general consistency in mood. Though I generally love music that has a large emotional palette, this album is great when you are in the mood for something a little more light hearted. The key tracks here are "Unconscious Power" and "Iron Butterfly Theme".

Though the album may not seem heavy in comparison to the music of today, "Heavy" was putting a heavier spin on the music of the times, an ambitious move of their part, and one that was widely admired at the time. With today's standards it is easy to dismiss this album as just another cheesy 60s pop album, but we must remember that at the time of it's release "Heavy" had a whole different context.

"BALL" - 4 stars It is a shame that "Ball" so underrated - not only on this site, but in general too. This album screams prog to me. It is drenched in melodic psychedelia and contains many of the greatest Iron Butterfly tracks, for example "In the Time of our Lives", "Soul Experience", "Filled With Fear", and the incredibly beautiful "Belda Beast".

I believe that this album was mainly dismissed because of "Inna Gadda Da Vida". But how does a band follow up such an immortal classic as "Inna Gadda Da Vida" without disappointing their fans? It has rarely been achieved. Though this album doesn't instantly strike the listener as a classic, it contains some of the greatest psychedelic tracks that I know, and the album is a pleasant and nostalgic listen. The music contains the pop-ish aspects of "Inna Gadda Da Vida", but the music is much more subtle and is not as punchy.

I will not review every song on this album, but I do wish to point out the two greatest tracks on the album. First of all is "Soul Experience". Each time I hear the opening guitar echoing, I get cold shivers. One of my all time favourites. And second is "Belda Beast". This song is probably the most beautiful song I can think of.

This rerelease gains a total of 3 stars from me. Unfortunately the original album sleeves are not included, but the sleeve here has a retro appeal. This album is a great buy for someone who is after great value listening experience. Peace!

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