9 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guitarist Erik Brann had left the group before Metamorphosis, replaced by Mike Pinera and Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt. Those two were originally given equal billing with the remaining group, known as “Iron Butterfly with Pinera and El Rhino.” This album would fare commercially less well than Ball, but it did feature the No. 66 single “Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way),” the group’s second-highest-charting single. (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” had been their biggest hit at No. 30.) Singer/organist Doug Ingle remained the band’s chief singer, but the songs here are mostly composed by the band’s core members: Ingle, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Ron Bushy, with Robert Woods Edmonson writing the lyrics for four songs, including the anti-smoking-industrialization ballad “Slower Than Guns,” the hippy-trippy love song “Soldier in Our Town," and the “Easy Rider” single. The extended jam of “Butterfly Bleu” features Pinera on vocals and is the heaviest jam the band had attempted on album since “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The addition of the two guitarists (with two more guitarists guesting on 12-string guitars) makes Metamorphosis the group’s most musically adventurous album and, arguably, their best.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guitarist Erik Brann had left the group before Metamorphosis, replaced by Mike Pinera and Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt. Those two were originally given equal billing with the remaining group, known as “Iron Butterfly with Pinera and El Rhino.” This album would fare commercially less well than Ball, but it did feature the No. 66 single “Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way),” the group’s second-highest-charting single. (“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” had been their biggest hit at No. 30.) Singer/organist Doug Ingle remained the band’s chief singer, but the songs here are mostly composed by the band’s core members: Ingle, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Ron Bushy, with Robert Woods Edmonson writing the lyrics for four songs, including the anti-smoking-industrialization ballad “Slower Than Guns,” the hippy-trippy love song “Soldier in Our Town," and the “Easy Rider” single. The extended jam of “Butterfly Bleu” features Pinera on vocals and is the heaviest jam the band had attempted on album since “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The addition of the two guitarists (with two more guitarists guesting on 12-string guitars) makes Metamorphosis the group’s most musically adventurous album and, arguably, their best.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

allthewayfay ,

Ahead of their time.

Aside from the success of 'In the Garden of Eden', these guys were not one hit wonders. And I wouldn't refer to their 'one hit' as just any old hit. It was an anthem of our times. They were true muscians. Metamorphasis was an extremely well-written album. The melodies, the clarity, the blues mixed with rock...just ahead of their time. As was a band from Texas called Bloodrock. For me, this is one of those, "If-I-were-stranded-on-an-island, albums". Like many good bands from the day, Iron Butterfly didn't bow down to the 'write-me-a-hit' record producers, so ultimately they were proabably a one hit band. But not with musicians and song writers who followed them. Same with the likes of Bloodrock and Savoy Brown. Another great band who did cave into the producer demands was Grand Funk Railroad. They could have gone either way, but chose the hit highway and had success. Iron Butterfly. As good today as in the day.

Roger G. ,

History in Itself

It was July 20th 1969, We went to see Iron butterfly in Hampton Beach,NH. Before the show at the Sea Ranch Lodge where we stayed, we witnessed history by seeing "Man land on the Moon" on the small black and white TV. Then off to see IB in true color. This was a most memorable event as history was made on both counts. To this day when I hear of Iron Butterfly I think of the moon landing and when I hear of the moon landing, I think of Iron Butterfly, A true Metamorphosis. This band was phenomenal and to this day they still stand strong. I recommend this album to all IB fans and the rest is history.

Jamesu ,

One of their best

After In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which was lame excrpt for the awesome title track, came the third Iron Butterfly album, Ball. It proved to be a big disappointment musically but sold well. After Ball, they finally got their act together and made Metamorphosis, one of their best (if not THE best) albums. They went from a poppy keyboard heavy sound in Ball to a more bluesy style with far better songwriting.

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