February 1, 2010 – 4:13 am

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Los Angeles 1967 [Head, 1CD]

Live at The Galaxy Club, Los Angeles, CA, 1967. Good to very good soundboard.

Let’s go back to the vinyl days of the ’60s. While it might not have been unusual to see only one track on one side of the LP for classical or jazz recordings, in the pop/rock world of three-minute singles, Iron Butterfly’s 17-minute In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which occupied Side Two of the record, was pretty unusual.

That it had catchy riffs, a very memorable opening, and became a hit record only made it a standout album. Together with Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly were one of the popular bands whose records were played at the many balls (these were pre-disco days) held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur then. If memory serves, even Universiti Malaya’s Dewan Tunku Chancellor was a popular venue - can’t imagine that happening today! After In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Iron Butterfly riffs can even be heard in some Hong Kong kung fu movies - one which comes to mind is a sequence featuring action hero Meng Fei falling down a flight of stairs (after being stabbed/hacked) to an Iron Butterfly organ riff.

But what’s Iron Butterfly like before they had that big hit? Considered a heavy metal band, they were more than mere metal. As this gig showed, they played psychedelia and even had parts that sounded decidedly punk! Music collector Philip Cohen, who shared the lossless tracks with us, takes up the story:

This 1967 stereo soundboard tape is the only known live tape of the early Iron Butterfly line-up heard on their debut album, “Heavy”. The lineup is Doug Ingle (keyboards, vocals), Ron Bushy (drums), Jerry Penrod (bass), Danny Weis (lead guitar) and Daryl DeLoach (guitar, vocals). This lineup disbanded immediately after the sessions for “Heavy”, and it is only because Doug Ingle and Ron Bushy moved quickly to find new members that ATCO was willing to release “Heavy”. It was a good move for ATCO, because the revised line-up’s first album “In A Gadda Da Vida” became one of the biggest selling albums in ATCO’s history.

Thanks Phil for the tracks.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Real Fright (3.6MB)
Track 02. Possession (7.5MB)
Track 03. Filled With Fear (6.5MB)
Track 04. Try Fields of the Sun (4.7MB)
Track 05. It’s Up To You (4.0MB)
Track 06. Gloomy Day To Remember (3.7MB)
Track 07. Evil Temptation (9.0MB)
Track 08. Have You Heard? So-Lo (5.4MB)
Track 09. Gentle As It May Seem (5.4MB)
Track 10. Lonely Boy (7.8MB)
Track 11. Iron Butterfly Theme (9.5MB)
Track 12. You Can’t Win (6.3MB)

Doug Ingle - keyboards, vocals
Ron Bushy - drums
Jerry Penrod - bass
Danny Weis - lead guitar
Daryl DeLoach - guitar, vocals

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  2. Thanks for improving the front artwork, by making it green, instead of the murky black & gray of the original. Enjoy the music!

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 1, 2010

  3. I didn’t even know Butterfly boots existed, and apart from sound quality considerations (which I’d expect for a 1967 recording of this sort so I’m not complaining) this is terrific. Fascinating, too, to hear this first lineup do songs that wouldn’t appear on record until the third album. I don’t recall them being as good as they are here, too.

    By James R on Feb 1, 2010

  4. Fricken AWSOME! Many, many thanx……

    By Timmy on Feb 2, 2010

  5. Thank you! I remember wishing for the “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album for my 16th birthday in 1973 (dinosaurs walked on earth then) and getting it, oh what a joy that was.

    And now … a few decades later, youre adding to the joy.

    Thanks BigO, thanks Philip!

    Greetings, Tom

    By Tom on Feb 2, 2010

  6. This looks to be a nice compliment to the Iron Butterfly live lp that came out a few years later. I still have the German pressing and it features a great version of Soul Experience…

    By Paul on Feb 6, 2010

  7. Wow! Who knew?
    This is WAY better than I expected. The two guitar lineup works much better, and these boys have chops! I was expecting corny, but I got psychedelic proto-punk with lots of interesting cross currents.
    Most fun I’ve had all week! Phil Cohen, keep it coming, you’re stuff is great !

    By Bill on Feb 13, 2010

  8. thanks for the nice flyer for the Galaxy club (when clicking on the artwork for the front cover).
    This show is sometimes going around as the Galaxy club in ‘North Hollywood’ but it was in West Hollywood on Sunset blvd. 2 doors east of the Whisky. The Iron Butterfly was the house band there for a while in 1967.

    song title corrections:
    4. Fields of the Sun
    7. Evil Temptation
    8. So-Lo

    By (Not) Timmy on May 29, 2010

  9. oops, I meant 2 doors ‘West’ of the Whisky

    By (Not) Timmy on May 29, 2010

  10. Hello (Not) Timmy
    Thanks for your comments and feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on May 29, 2010

  11. i have iron butterfly galaxy club,baltimore 68 baltimore 69 and columbia md 69 shows and san fran pop i am looking for iron butterfly shows 67-69 era i have 200 gigs of rare bootlegs to trade i will alo buy iron butterfly shows from 67-69 era please dont sit on them let them out to be heard you can reach me at [email protected] thank you

    By pat on Dec 30, 2010

  12. Wicked amazing!!

    By Shipwreck Motel on Feb 23, 2015

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