Sunday 24 June 2018
Iron Butterfly - Ball (1969)
The third album from this US band.
Iron Butterfly was a quartet with a lineup of organ, bass, guitars, percussion, drums and vocals.
This is the follow up to their high charting and multi-million selling hit album In A Gadda Da Vida. An album anyone would find difficult to follow up with the same type of success.
To my knowledge, Ball sold well and were high charting too. But musically....
Well, there is a lot of difference between these two albums. They band introduced a lot of soul and Tamla-Motown sound in their music. The psych part is not so evident and there is no long songs as In A Gadda Da Vida. There is no magic songs like that one here either.
There is a lot of organ, guitars and vocals here. The songs on this thirty odd minutes long album are rather short too.
There is a lot of soul and heavy rock here. There is a lot of rock here too and some psych rock. The album is very much 1969 and left in this time-warp.
The quality is somewhere between decent and dismally bad. It is sailing close to being a turkey. But a couple of decent psych songs saves this album from ending up in my turkey yard. This is not an album I rate highly.