Sun and Steel (album)

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Sun and Steel
Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released October 1975[1]
Recorded 1974–1975
Genre Hard rock
Length 35:05
Label MCA
Producer John Ryan
Iron Butterfly chronology
Scorching Beauty
Sun and Steel
Rare Flight

Sun and Steel is the sixth and final album released by Iron Butterfly in 1975. It explores a wider variety of styles than any other Iron Butterfly album, yet always remains within the contemporary conventions of hard rock, aside from a foray into progressive rock on "I'm Right, I'm Wrong." This album is usually ignored on Iron Butterfly compilations/greatest hit collections.


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

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine delivered a negative review of Sun and Steel, rating it one out of five stars. He said it "was an outright disastrous attempt at reshaping the band's signature sound to '70s hard rock conventions, lacking even the curiosity value of Scorching Beauty."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Erik Brann except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Sun and Steel" – 4:01
  2. "Lightnin'" (Bill DeMartines, Phillip Kramer) – 3:02
  3. "Beyond the Milky Way" (Ron Bushy, DeMartines) – 3:38
  4. "Free" – 2:41
  5. "Scion" – 5:02

Side two[edit]

  1. "Get It Out" – 2:53
  2. "I'm Right, I'm Wrong" (DeMartines, Kramer) – 5:27
  3. "Watch the World Going By" – 2:59
  4. "Scorching Beauty" – 6:42


  • "Beyond the Milky Way" b/w "Get It Out"
  • "I'm Right, I'm Wrong" (3:50 edit) b/w "Scion" (3:40 edit)

Band members[edit]

  • Erik Brann – guitars, lead vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums
  • Alex Quigley – marimba, backing vocals, tambourine
  • Phil Kramer – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Lightnin'" and "I'm Right I'm Wrong"
  • Bill DeMartines – keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Beyond the Milky Way"


  1. ^ "Scorching Beauty/Sun and Steel". CD/DVD Reviews. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Sun and Steel - Iron Butterfly at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.