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Light and Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly

Light and Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly by Iron Butterfly
Released: Nov 2007
Label: Rhino/Elektra
They're often cited as proto-metal, but this 21-song collection, focusing on earlier albums, mainly outs Butterfly as post-Doors dudes, with emphasis on carnival organ and Doug Ingle's Morrison-like lounge-blues howling. Garden of Eden incantation "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," here in its three-minute studio single mix, is obviously the apex. But the rest is fun: Yardbirds-ish druid gloom in "In the Time of Our Lives," accidental dub-rock in "Soul Experience" and the ska-basslined "Real Fright," hooky Harley grooving in later singles "New Day" and "Easy Rider," plus lots of hippie-ranting at The Man.
CHUCK EDDY
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