Scorching Beauty

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Scorching Beauty
Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released January 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock
Length 36:18
Label MCA
Producer Denny Randell
Iron Butterfly chronology
Star Collection
Scorching Beauty
Sun And Steel

Scorching Beauty is the fifth studio album released by Iron Butterfly. Released four years after their original breakup, it was recorded by a reformed lineup with only one member (Ron Bushy) remaining from their previous album. In addition to Bushy, this lineup includes Erik Brann, Phil Kramer, and Howard Reitzes. The album cover was designed by Ernie Cefalu and illustrated by Drew Struzan. This album, along with Sun and Steel (released later in 1975), failed commercially. This album is usually ignored on Iron Butterfly compilations/greatest hit collections.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated Scorching Beauty two out of five stars. He called the album "undistinguished" and pointed out that it "fell between the group's heavy acid rock and mid-'70s arena rock conventions."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Erik Brann except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "1975 Overture" (Brann, Ron Bushy, Phillip Kramer, Howard Reitzes) – 4:19
  2. "Hard Miseree" – 3:42
  3. "High on a Mountain Top" (Kramer) – 4:01
  4. "Am I Down" – 5:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "People of the World" – 3:23
  2. "Searchin' Circles" – 4:38
  3. "Pearly Gates" (Bushy, Jon Anderson) – 3:25
  4. "Lonely Hearts" – 3:14
  5. "Before You Go" (Brann, Reitzes) – 5:34


  • "Searchin' Circles" (2:53 edit) b/w "Pearly Gates" (2:35 edit)
  • "High on a Mountain Top" b/w "Before You Go"

Band members[edit]

  • Erik Brann – guitars, lead vocals except on "High on a Mountain Top", "Pearly Gates", and "Before You Go"
  • Howard Reitzes – keyboards, lead vocal on "Before You Go"
  • Philip Taylor Kramer – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals on "High on a Mountain Top" and "Pearly Gates"
  • Ron Bushy – drums


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Scorching Beauty - Iron Butterfly at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.