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Light & Heavy: Best of

Iron ButterflyAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 19, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000032YA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Iron Butterfly Theme
2. Possession
3. Unconscious Power
4. You Can't Win
5. So-Lo
6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
7. Most Anything You Want
8. Flowers and Beads
9. My Mirage
10. Termination
11. In The Time Of Our Lives
12. Soul Experience
13. Real Fright
14. In The Crowds
15. It Must Be Love
16. Belda-Beast
17. I Can't Help But Deceive You Little Girl
18. New Day
19. Stone Believer
20. Soldier In Our Town
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

These classic rock icons formed in San Diego in '66, and their 1968 debut LP Heavy summed up their thundering sonics with its title and instantly built an audience for the band. Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda- Da-Vida went on to become the ultimate psychedelic hard rock track of the late '60s the single hit Top 40 and the LP of the same name sold over four million copies and stayed in the Top10 of Billboardr's album chart for a year.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good package, but does not merit title August 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This collection covers everything essential from the first four Iron Butterfly LPs. Although purists may bemoan the (perhaps necessary) inclusion of the single version of "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida" instead of the 17-minute album version, this album includes just about every worthy track from that period. (Actually, the entire Iron Butterfly studio output from this period, including the seventeen-minute "Vida", could all fit on 2 CDs). I personally would have picked "Slower Than Guns" over "Easy Rider" from Metamorphosis, but hey. Rhino's packaging and track information is up to their usual standard. However, Rhino's neglect and refusal to ackowledge the two mid-seventies albums Scorching Beauty and Sun And Steel (the latter far and away the best album the band ever did) means that the collection cannot truly earn "The Best Of" moniker and must be docked points for incompleteness.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Collection August 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Iron Butterfly in their classic era was not the greatest band in the heavy psych genre, but more than listenable nonetheless. Doug Ingle's cheesey organ was a cool garagey touch, much like Manzarek in The Doors; however I find myself more interested in Butterfly these days than Morrison's drunken nonsense. Butterfly always featured some cool bass playing (my instrument)as well. Here you get a good overview of the albums that matter (ie.while Ingle was still in the band)and the single version of "In A Gadda Da Vida". This collection is about the best way to experience them because some of the original albums are a little spotty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia at best June 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
i couldn't give it 5 as i am not an iron butterfly purist.
however, i must say i did enjoy this album. when the music first came out i hated it becasue i thought in a gada da vida was the most boring of all the music of that era... a listen to moby grape will tell you why. however, i was judging it as a musician at that time. today, some millions of years thereafter, lol, as a listener, i quite like it. you hear strong, if not obvious, influences
of doors and love. not so surprising since they were practically neighbours to the composer of IB.
a couple of songs were quite beatle-ish :track 8 reminds me of got to get your into my life, good day sunshine ; track 3 with a bit of daytripper. ingle, the main composer is not of the calibre of a keith emerson; pat moraz or even vangelis; least of all a rick wakeman,
but giving him credit, he is melodic and definitely not as self-indulgent. he comes from the doors and jefferson airplane school, which is not bad for that era. a nice album considering the price of this cd. goodness you couldn't get any worse;
if you have to spend the money on something that is from today's
top charts, i would suggest you better spend your hard-earned money on this cd instead. not something for rap or drum machine zombies though. sorry! this guys learned to play their instruments, not great like return to forever, mahavishnu orchestra or weather report, but much better than 99% of today's "musicians";
a good album for someone trying to learn to play a musical instrument, for sure. buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Psychedelic Journey August 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I give this album 5 stars, but I absolutely cannot believe the Iron Butterfly put out a best of collection and left out the song "Are You Happy." Most people consider that the 2nd best song they ever did. However you still get a great array of songs to take a nice musical trip on. I especially liked "In the Time of Our Lives" and hearing some of their later material for the first time. Check this album out if you remember them & want to relive it or if your a newcomer and want to get a taste of psychedelica. Then Look for the 18+ minute live version of In a Gadda da Vida. That is truley a masterpiece.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Iron Butterfly May 18, 2006
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The name "Iron Butterfly" immediately invokes thoughts of strength and agility. This is what you'll find in this collection of songs, gleaned mostly from the band's albums "Metamorphosis," "Heavy," and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."

Iron Butterfly's music was written mostly during the "flower power" era of the late 1960's (when America was deep into the space race and our boys were fighting in Vietnam) which is reflected in many of the songs here. A few may have been "suggested" by an LSD- and/or alcohol-induced session as well, which was the case with several bands during this time. Whether or not this is true, the fact remains that the music presented here is a good representation of the times, a theme which Iron Butterfly exploited. Sadly, the band would be quickly forgotten soon after its breakup in 1971, yet rediscovered in the late 1970's when they once again began to tour, much to the delight of "Butterfly" fans everywhere.

The CD opens with the "Iron Butterfly Theme," an instrumental that sets the stage for what is to come. Hint: if you listen closely at the end of the track, you will hear the phrase "I Love You" played by Doug Ingle on the organ in Morse Code.

It is true that only the three-minute radio-edit version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is included in this CD. If the producers had decided to add the long version, either the set would have been made into a double-CD (which was not the trend at the time) or many of the songs now on the CD would have been sacrificed. Instead, a "mini" retrospective of Iron Butterfly's other works are to be found here, including the non-album single, "I Can't Help But Deceive You, Little Girl.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars and is a great sampler for a genre with a huge following
flower power! this'll take all the old hippies back, and is a great sampler for a genre with a huge following: metal. Read more
Published 2 days ago by mosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
I am a teen from the 70's and Iron Butterfly was one of my favorite bands when working at my desk at home I can lesson to them or when my husband and I take a trip we have a big... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. L. Mckenzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Listened many times still don't like it.
I am writing this for my brother and giving you his feedback. I tried to warn him about Iron Butterfly had few memorable songs but he wanted it anyway. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Spikester
1.0 out of 5 stars Want the entire song, not 3 mins it
I would like to return this item if it is possible, this is not the song I ordered. In gadda-divitta is a 28 minute song, taking up the first half of the original album... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
Some of the songs weren't full length, especially where drum solos are concerned. Still has that vibe you may be looking for though if you can't remember the originals.
Published 14 months ago by William Doffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The iron butterfly just like a lot of other good bands during that era. its nice to go back and reminisce every now and then one of the better bands of that era, I truly enjoy it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know
From the sublime to the rediculous, almost all the notable tracks are here. You will of course also need to get the 17 min version of you know what. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dahlia
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Classic Era butterfly
This cd covers Iron Butterfly's first 4 albums spanning from 1968 to 1970 the classic era. They came back in 1975 with 2 more albums in that year both cds got very mixed reviews... Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Jason Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great psychedelic rock
The title HEAVY AND LIGHT is appropriate. Iron Butterfly is known for it's heavy sound, but it also had a light side. Sometimes both sides show up in the same song. Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Hinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Influential
I was only familiar with In A Gadda Da Vida before I heard this CD at a record store (remember those?). I didn't know who the artist was and had to ask. Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by DW
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