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If I was going to buy only one Iron Butterfly album, it would be this one. The original vinyl release of this album was, for many years, the only Iron Butterfly album I owned.
Most of my favorite Iron Butterfly songs are on this album and I like these live versions better than the studio recordings. They have more energy and emotion than the originals.
Someone complained about a "problem" with feedback on 'In The Time of Our Lives'. I think I heard a little feedback toward the end, but throughout this song, and the whole album, I hear some great guitar effects, which is part of why I like it better than the studio recordings. As far as the audience noises, that is usually expected in a live setting, and for me, doesn't distract from the music. Also, when I go to a live concert, or purchase a live album, I don't expect an exact reproduction of the original recordings. In fact, I want something different.
The psychedelic effects and clanking "heavy metal" sounds from Erik Brann's guitar and the dramatic vocals of Doug Ingle at the organ, along with Lee Dorman on bass and vocals and Ron Bushy on drums, add up to a great experience. As a previous reviewer said, I don't know how you can like Iron Butterfly, if you don't like this album.
I've always considered the live version of 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida', superior to the original. It's not only longer, it's better, at least to my ears, and has one of the best drum solos ever.
I must also say, the album cover is one of my favorites. If you're a fan of Iron Butterfly, I recommend this album.
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