The Best of Iron Butterfly: Evolution

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Evolution was originally released in 1971 as a greatest-hits collection culled from the band's first four records, easily their strongest work. While the Black Sabbaths and Led Zeppelins of the day were singing, quite convincingly, about Vikings, devils and all sorts of heavy fare, Iron Butterfly came off like the cartoonish kid brother of the early pre-metal days of the late '60s. Existing at their prime in the hazy moment between acid rock and the genus of what would become metal, the group never quite committed to either. Never heavy enough to really be menacing or scary, the group's metal ties were mostly based in rhetoric. Likewise, they were never quite pop enough to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Evolution was originally released in 1971 as a greatest-hits collection culled from the band's first four records, easily their strongest work. While the Black Sabbaths and Led Zeppelins of the day were singing, quite convincingly, about Vikings, devils and all sorts of heavy fare, Iron Butterfly came off like the cartoonish kid brother of the early pre-metal days of the late '60s. Existing at their prime in the hazy moment between acid rock and the genus of what would become metal, the group never quite committed to either. Never heavy enough to really be menacing or scary, the group's metal ties were mostly based in rhetoric. Likewise, they were never quite pop enough to breakthrough in the post-Sgt. Pepper's era. Minor hit "Flowers & Beads" sounds like a far gooey-er take on the Lovin' Spoonful's stony love songs, and while the organ-heavy riff rock of "Unconscious Power" is all kinds of groovy, it's a far cry from even less heavy proto-metal. The heaviest the band gets on Evolution is probably their biggest hit, stoner classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," presented here in a drastically edited three-minute form, down from the side-long jam that was the original version. Separated from the legacy of that huge hit, Iron Butterfly boils down to the perfect caricature of a late-'60s hippie band: corny, dumb, ham-fisted but also colorful, silly, and fun. Quite possibly in over their heads at the time, Evolution gives the sense that the Iron Butterfly crew was cluelessly enjoying every second of their 15 minutes of fame, and making some spirited if poorly aging rock music for the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227974510
  • Catalog Number: 33369
  • Sales rank: 22,099

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Iron Butterfly Theme (4:36)
  2. 2 Possession (2:45)
  3. 3 Unconscious Power (2:31)
  4. 4 Flowers and Beads (3:07)
  5. 5 Termination (2:50)
  6. 6 In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida (2:54)
  7. 7 Soul Experience (2:52)
  8. 8 Stone Believer (4:24)
  9. 9 Belda-Beast (5:47)
  10. 10 Easy Rider (3:08)
  11. 11 Slower Than Guns (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iron Butterfly Primary Artist
Ron Bushy Drums, Group Member
Darryl DeLoach Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals, Group Member
Lee Dorman Bass
Doug Ingle Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jerry Penrod Bass, Group Member
Mike Pinera Guitar, Vocals
Danny Weis Guitar, Group Member
Erik Brann Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
El Rhino Guitar
Technical Credits
Ron Bushy Composer, Cover Art
Lee Dorman Composer
Charles Greene Producer
Jim Hilton Producer
Doug Ingle Composer
Mike Pinera Composer
Richard Podolor Producer
Larry Reinhardt Composer
Brian Stone Producer
Danny Weis Composer
Robert Edmonson Composer
Erik Brann Composer
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