Iron Butterfly Evolution: The Best Of Iron Butterfly on 180g LP
Mastered by Joe Reagoso & Kevin Gray!
Iron Butterfly is truly an amazing success story in the record business. For over 40 years, this band has remained a significant force in the classic rock world with their original mix of rock, metal and classic leanings, solidifying them as one of the true purveyors of the progressive rock movement.
Founded by the multi-talented keyboardist/vocalist Doug Ingle in San Diego, CA in 1966, the band hit the charts immediately with their very first album Heavy and soon became one of the key favorite biker bands and west coast hard rockers alongside entities like Steppenwolf, Grateful Dead and The Doors. Their music was challenging, loud, exciting and definitely original, which brought them huge popularity in a very short period of time.
1968 changed everything as "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" became a massive smash hit single and LP garnering Iron Butterfly gold and platinum success globally. This tune displayed the first example of a driving hard rock jam and lyric, with classical, organic and tribal rhythms, making it one of the most important songs of our time. Featuring Doug Ingle’s keyboard and vocal expertise, Lee Dorman’s power bass, guitar shredder Erik Brann, and Ron Bushy’s primitive drum beat, this amazing song will forever be associated with the acid rock era, which paved the way for heavy metal bands into the '70s and beyond.
Over the years, more successful albums like Ball and Iron Butterfly Live followed. Two new members joined the band, vocalist/guitarist Mike Pinera (Blues Image) and the late great lead guitarist Rhino Reinhardt (Captain Beyond). They both added to the groove on the brilliant Metamorphosis album.
In 1971, ATCO Records awarded the stellar hard rock champions with their first greatest hits album called Evolution: The Best Of Iron Butterfly, which contained eleven smokin’ selections from their first four hit LP’s. Smashes are plentiful like the hit single "In-A Gadda-Da-Vida" and other killer jams like "Soul Experience," "Easy Rider," "Termination," and the awesome "Iron Butterfly Theme." This masterwork has been out of print on vinyl for many decades...that is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to offer the first installment in their Iron Butterfly 180 Gram Vinyl Series with the classic 1971 smash album Evolution: The Best Of Iron Butterfly. Mastered by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead/Yes/Deep Purple) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray, this 180g LP is also presented with the original album cover layout, featuring the original photos and artwork elements not seen in years!
Iron Butterfly Evolution: The Best Of Iron Butterfly Track Listing:
1. Iron Butterfly Theme
3. Unconscious Power
4. Flowers and Beads
7. Soul Experience
8. Stone Believer
10. Easy Rider
11. Slower Than Guns