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4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like it, you don't like the band, June 17, 2004
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
If you don't like this album, then you certainly don't like this band. How could you negatively review this?? This is THE ONLY document of Iron Butterfly live in concert (I also have a great video distributed by Rhino featuring the lip- synch of "In-A-Gadda" and two tunes live from the Beat Club: "Easy Rider" and "Butterfly Bleu"- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The only reason that I am rating this one 4 out of 5 is the fact that the whole show was obviously not included. I doubt that any other live Butterfly will ever see the light of day, but if so, I'll be the first to buy it, regardless of sound quality. There are mistakes here, and the band isn't as tight as on the records. But this is the psychedelic era, and this is to be expected. These are great, energetic, and awesome improvisations based on the studio versions of each song. Erik's guitar solos wail. I think they're better here than in the studio. You can and will hear the late, great Erik Keith Brann at his best on "Iron Butterfly Live", if you have the guts to go out and pick it up. Forget buying anything else until you've heard this one.
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Initial post: Dec 14, 2008 4:47:54 PM PST
I saw Iron Butterfly perform live at four concerts between 1968 and 1970. Their performances varied from above average to great. "Iron Butterfly Live" is a pretty good performance. Eric Brann was an incredible guitarist! Their live versions greatly differ from their studio recordings. "Iron Butterfly Live" is worth having, if you're a fan. Play it loud and enjoy. Cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 1:36:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2010 1:38:37 AM PST
I never saw Butterfly live, but I'm old enough to remember getting this album way back when, and I found that many studio-versions of songs that I was indifferent about I loved here. If you got the re-issue of the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda album, it has the original, the single, and the live version of this song, and you get to compare all three versions to each other. I always preferred the live version, but the Fear song on this album is also a stand-out, and a rather creepy precurser to future creepy psychdellic and heavy metal doomsters like Cathedral. Regardless, a great album by a band that never got past their classic pre-heavy metal jam.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 7:52:37 AM PDT
I think I have the "guts" Rock God, I'm just waiting for a affordable remaster to appear!
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