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Iron Butterfly – Rock N Roll Greats In Concert


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Concert: C+



When you say Iron Butterfly, everyone thinks of their marathon-length Rock classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, but they had some other good songs and the new but far too short Rock ‘N’ Roll Greats concert, which only lasts about 40 minutes.  The hits include:


1)     Iron Butterfly Theme

2)     Unconscious Power

3)     Butterfly Bleu

4)     Beyond The Milky Way

5)     In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

6)     Easy Rider



This all lasts a mere 40 minutes, but the band is not in bad shape for their age, the vocals still recognizable, especially to a generation used to hearing the song in Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986, reviewed elsewhere on this site).  This is over a quarter century after their commercial peak and fans and the curious will not be too disappointed.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1/16 X 9 image is not brilliant, but not bad for being shot in High Definition.  It fares better than the Mark Farner installment of this series, and almost as good as the Firefall disc (both reviewed elsewhere on this site.  Unfortunately, the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is on the lame side, and the 2.0 Stereo a disaster, if not as bad as the Farner DVD.  Why the Firefall DVD has better 5.1 than the other two is anyone’s guess, but this is far from what it could have been performance wise, undercutting the band.  There are no extras either.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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