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Ball

4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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CD has 9 soundtracks**Put out by ATCO Records and produced by Jim Hulton; a Greene & Stone production for York/Pala

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In The Time Of Our Lives
  2. Soul Experience
  3. Lonely Boy
  4. Real Fright
  5. In The Crowds
  6. It Must Be Love
  7. Her Favorite Style
  8. Filled With Fear
  9. Belda-Beast
  10. I Can't Help But Deceive You, Little Girl [*]
  11. To Be Alone


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IAQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Parker on December 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"BALL" is the Butterfly's peak moment, and Collectors Choice has re-released it with enough tape hiss to actually ruin the listening experience. I'd mistakenly expected a remastering a la the "In-a- gadda-da-vida" reissue by Rhino, and this sure isn't it. In this day of so many careful and high-quality remastering jobs, this is a major disappointment. Thank God for the two extra songs. Otherwise, I'm sure the original Atlantic Records release sounds superior to this. In fact, other than the pops and crackles, my original 1968 vinyl copy has better sound!
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The album is a masterpiece of the vanishing psychedelic rock which Iron
Butterfly excelled at for far too short of a time. This album was released in 1969, and probably missed its ideal release by a year or so. It was largely ignored. But it is brilliant in its arrangements and guitar/organ interplay, and in bassist Lee Dorman's bass fluidity. Dorman was a master and deserves his place of honor in the rock and roll pantheon of heroes. Erik Braun's Belda Beast is also a stunning work which one never hears on the radio. It is said Jimmy Hendrix admired this fine work of psychelic/jazz rock with distorted Mosrite guitar solo, and distorted Vox organ solo by Doug Ingle. It is unlike anything heard before or since. Get the Victor of Japan version on CD--the sound quality is as good as can be made from a most likely noisy master tape.
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To round out your Butterfly experience, give 'Ball' a listen. 'Ball' exemplifies their approach to music: the 'light' and 'heavy' in the name Iron Butterfly. "In The Time Of Our Lives" and "Filled With Fear" are heavy tracks, you'd instantly recognize the band in a blindfold test. Listen to the vocals on "Lonely Boy" and tell me you don't hear a little bit of Burton Cummings. And see if you hear maybe a little Santana in "Belda Beast". There are as many music styles as there are song titles, some light, some heavy. Pure flashback for me....I could listen to it til my ears bleed. Oh, and you have to check out the photo on the inside slip cover to understand why it's called "Ball".
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I also agree that Mr. Talsma is a bona fide know-nothing. To say that Iron Butterfly "never broke true" (did he mean "never broke through"?)is a total joke. My God, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, and although "Ball" didn't sell the numbers it's predecessor did, it clearly shows IB expanding their sound, growing and venturing into new musical ideas. The album has it's weaker moments, but there are killers too, like "In The Time Of Our Lives" and "Soul Experience." I saw and heard Butterfly play some of this album live at the Fillmore East in NYC and they did the material well. All in all, not my favorite Butterfly effort, but a very good one.
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As I've stated in my other reviews, I am a big fan of Iron Butterfly. This was one of the later albums of theirs that I've bought, and I only wish I had gotten it right after "'Vida." Basically, "Ball" takes the sound of 'Vida from "Are You Happy" onward and adds an "edge" to the sound. What you end up getting is heavier, more darkly-tinged music for the most part. This is a very good thing IMHO. The album is very solid as a whole, with everything from early Gothic/metal-sounding songs ("In The Time Of Our Lives," "Her Favorite Style," and "Filled With Fear") to trippy psychedelic excursions ("Belda-Beast" and "In The Crowds") to just plain rockers ("It Must Be Love," "Soul Experience," and "Real Fright"). And to top it all off, there is a beautifully-done rock love song ("Lonely Boy") that would make a great slow dance song. Over all, this is great post-'Vida Iron Butterfly, before the band's line-up changed for "Metamorphosis." I'm disappointed that "Ball" isn't remembered as well as 'Vida is. If you can find "To Be Alone" by the Butterfly, get yourself a copy of that song and a copy of the Ball CD and you have a great pairing. No matter what you do, GET THIS CD!
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For those who experiment with any new digital audio resotration software, you should be able to figure out the reason they can not improve upon this recording.
It will virtually eliminate the frequencies of a bad recording in the first place.
It will pretty much wipe out the high's and the lows will be mud.
Many albums from this era were recorded poorly.
How many of you purchased the digital remasterd Disraeli Gears? Same thing. A wall of hiss, especially noticeable on Strange Brew. My vinyl sounds better.
There is nothing you can do. I purchased a German import CD of Ball many years ago and it was the same.
They could not improve on it.
Enjoy it as it is. I bet many of you still listen to vinyl with cracks and scratches like myself.
Belda Beast is timeless. Superb effort from the Iron.
Way underrated when compared to their big hit Inna Gadda.
Great song writing and top notch melodies.
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You know, albums like this one are a problem. I really wanted to like it more than I did when it came out. I actually heard "In the Crowds" played on the jukebox at college. The bass player was really good--drums and guitar also. The singer was a bit of unusual. I bought it though and for time warping I'm glad it's still around.
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