Thursday, June 19, 2014

CD Review: Cleopatra Records Releases Newly Discovered Iron Butterfly Show

California rock band Iron Butterfly has been quoted as being one of the founding fathers of the "heavy metal" genre. They are best know for their 1968 hit song "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," but not because of the wonderful songwriting but for the shear length of the song.  Clocking in at over seventeen minutes, it was one of the first popular songs to break the 3-minute radio barrier. The band's name has been around in some form since 1966, but they only released six studio albums, their last being in 1975.
Now, Cleopatra Records along with Purple Pyramid are releasing the band's latest live album entitled "Live At The Galaxy 1967." This performance is significant, because it was the show that a representative from Atlantic Records was present at and decided to sign the band. Shortly after this show, Iron Butterfly would release their debut studio album "Heavy," which featured some of the songs from this performance at The Galaxy. Songs like "Possession" and "Iron Butterfly Theme"  showcase the excellent musicianship within the original members of the band as Doug Ingle's keyboards and Danny Weis' guitar burns holes in your speakers. The psychedelic movement was in full effect for this show as they sped up the tempo for the spaced-out rocker "Evil Temptation" and the heavy metal blueprint "Gentle As It May Seem." The night closes with the straight-up sixties rock of "You Can't Win" as they put everything they had into their amazing performance.
The recording is a little raw by today's standards, but it only adds to the show's authenticity. The audience is pretty-much non-existent on this album and it could be considered the first glimpse into the world of heavy metal. To find out more about this newly released live documentary of this great sixties band, please visit

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