Sunday, December 22, 2013

Iron Butterfly - Fillmore East 1968 (1968 us great psychedelic rock - 2011 edition - Flac)


Live albums are hard. They’re rarely good, because they rarely deliver on what they aim to be: an encapsulation of an act’s live show experience. But they just can’t; a concert is more than just the songs played without multi-tracking and overdubs and with extra-long solos and appreciative crowd noise. A concert has a certain electricity in the air, certain smells (most of them illegal), and the sound is so much louder and fuller than any stereo or headphones can deliver. Plus, live albums are usually edited and tweaked or compiled from multiple shows, so what purports to be a live album or recreation of experience is not. This is why concert bootlegs are so popular with hardcore fans of individual bands—recordings of specific concerts capture and define a specific moment in time.
But that is what compelled me to raise my hand when Rhino Records offered us a two-disc set of four complete Iron Butterfly shows, recorded back-to-back-to-back-to-back over two days at the legendary Fillmore East in April 1968. Yes, of course they’ve been cleaned up a little, and thank god, because these recordings are nearly 44 years old, but Fillmore East 1968 is something more akin to an expertly recorded bootleg. It’s four complete concerts! (Except for the first two songs of the first show, which weren’t recorded properly.) That’s the best way to explore and try to understand the cultural and musical upheaval that were going on at the time. Fillmore East 1968 captures the raucous, drugged-out, musically progressive but post-Summer of Love sinisterism of an Iron Butterly show right when it was that band’s moment. And at one of the definitive venues of the ‘60s and psychedelic rock to boot.
The shows focus mainly on material from Iron Butterfly’s first album Heavy, and predate the official commercial release of Iron Butterfly’s most famous and definitive song, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Two versions of it are on Fillmore East (a 17-minute one and a 15-minute one), and they’re thrilling and bewildering in equal measure. It’s a treat to get to hear this song before it was a watershed, proto-metal moment, as a wild, free-form, jazz odyssey. For that alone, this live album works as a live album, because it’s a historical document, both culturally and musically.

Disc one
Recorded Friday, April 26th 1968

01/Fields Of Sun/4:01
02/You Can't Win/3:13
03/Unconscious Power/3:04
04/Are You Happy/4:14
05/So-Lo/4:02
06/Iron Butterfly Theme/4:26
07/Stamped Ideas/3:11
08/In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida/17:11
09/So-Lo/4:00
10/Iron Butterfly Theme/5:00

Disc Two
Recorded Saturday, April 27th 1968

01/Are You Happy/4:27
02/Unconscious Power/2:29
03/My Mirage/4:31
04/So-Lo/3:35
05/Iron Butterfly Theme/4:35
06/Possession/5:29
07/My Mirage/4:34
08/Are You Happy/4:17
09/Her Favorite Style/2:29
10/In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida/15:20
11/So-Lo/4:26
12/Iron Butterfly Theme/5:20


Credits
Doug Ingle/Vocals, Keyboards
Lee Dorman/Bass Guitar
Erik Brann/Guitar
Ron Bushy/Drums

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5 comments:

AussieRock said...

Thank you so much for this this awesome Concert in its entirity

Cheers from Down Under

CK said...

Yes, definitely! Thank you for this excellent little piece of rock n roll audio history. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Hello there, can you re-upload the links to get this piece of music.please. And happy new year

Doccus Rockus Maximus said...

THX!! U the Man!!

patrocker said...

Many thanks!