This album features a couple of songs but I can hardly consider it as a good album. Two stars. As for me, I don't view the album so derisively. The song itself is a cross between haunting and pretty with inserts of heavier moments, particularly near the song's conclusion. There's Doug Ingle's balladeer vocal showcase, "Lonely Boy" which will either have you stabbing at the skip button right away or you might appreciate it for the effort. On "Ball" there's also an overall impression that Iron Butterfly was moving into more progressive territory.
In particular, I find songs like "Her Favorite Style" and "Filled with Fear" feature an almost classical approach to composition in the way the guitar, bass and keyboard work together. The song structures take the album away from the standard pop song, and for that I actually find this album to be an interesting and enjoyable musical melange of psychedelic adventures.
Of course such a mixed bag will have songs that bomb for some people, and I myself don't claim every effort to be a treat. In a way, this album is one of the last of its kind because heavy psych, heavy blues, and hard rock was taking a turn in and things were getting a whole lot heavier. Still, Braun makes some good use of his fuzz box at times. As for the prog aspect, it's a pretty good step in the right direction; however, things were about to become even more interesting.
Four stars for creativity but three for the overall result. This album screams prog to me. It is drenched in melodic psychedelia and contains many of the greatest The songs are shorter but so much better in almost every way when compared to the previous album.
Not to mention that the lyrics are superb. All the songs from this album are more melodic a In "Ball", Doug Ingle and its band tried to disperse to its sounds acid-rock, and with it I don't know! Use your imagination! What are we going to do next? Instead, we get Vida all over again only broken-up into little short psycha Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine explained that the quality "is wildly inconsistent", but that it "was a more ambitious album" than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
He concluded by calling it "a more consistent album than their two previous records". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Album by Iron Butterfly. Iron Butterfly. Retrieved September 24, London: Borderline Books. Ball - Iron Butterfly at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4th ed. Oxford University Press. What is forgotten amidst the trips and the snickers is the talent in the band.
Doug Ingle was the main vocalist, and his voice was certainly distinctive, plus he played a mean organ. Erik Brann provided some wicked guitar and occasional vocals. All four of them were pretty solid players. Barely half a year had gone by, and somehow these guys were able to tour and promote one album while recording another one. Given those circumstances, one would be excused for expecting a rush job in Ball , given the relatively short amount of time they took making the album.
One would also be pleasantly surprised at how well the album turned out when it was released in early This time around, they opted to keep the lengthy solos tucked away — most of the songs are under five minutes — and created an album that fits more in line with their shorter and under-appreciated types of tunes I mentioned earlier.
The arrangements and overall production are well thought out, and the band sounds great. Most fans of psychedelic music prefer really freaky sounds in their music. What the Butterfly was able to do is give their material a little something extra without going off the rails into Electric Kool-Aid land.