Ball (Iron Butterfly album)

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Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released January 17, 1969
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Length 41:36
Label Atco
Producer Jim Hilton/Gordon Anderson
Iron Butterfly chronology

Ball is the third studio album by the rock band Iron Butterfly, released in January 17 1969. After the enormous success of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Iron Butterfly modified its acid-rock sound somewhat and experimented with more melodic compositions. The band's trademark heavy guitars, however, are still evident on such tracks as "In the Time of Our Lives" and "It Must Be Love". The album reached #3 in the charts, making Ball more immediately successful than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Ball was certified Gold in March 1969. It also spawned two minor hit singles: "Soul Experience", an uncharacteristically uplifting song for the group, went to number 75 on the Billboard charts, and despite its nightmarish musical tones and morbid lyrics, "In the Time of Our Lives" managed to reach number 96.[1] This is the second and final studio album to feature the famous lineup of Ingle, Bushy, Dorman and Brann.

In 1999, Collector's Choice Music released Ball with two bonus tracks, "I Can't Help But Deceive You Little Girl" and "To Be Alone", which previously were available only on a 7" single although "I Can't Help But Deceive You Little Girl" had been released on the 1993 compilation Light and Heavy.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

AllMusic rated Ball three out of five stars. Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine explained that the quality "is wildly inconsistent", but that it "was a more ambitious album" than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. He concluded by calling it "a more consistent album than their two previous records".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "In the Time of Our Lives" (Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy) – 4:46
  2. "Soul Experience" (Ingle, Bushy, Erik Brann, Lee Dorman) – 2:50
  3. "Lonely Boy" (Ingle) – 5:05
  4. "Real Fright" (Ingle, Bushy, Brann) – 2:40
  5. "In the Crowds" (Ingle, Dorman) – 2:12

Side two[edit]

  1. "It Must Be Love" (Ingle) – 4:23
  2. "Her Favorite Style" (Ingle) – 3:11
  3. "Filled with Fear" (Ingle) – 3:23
  4. "Belda-Beast" (Brann) – 5:46

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "I Can't Help but Deceive You Little Girl" (Ingle) – 3:34
  2. "To Be Alone" (Ingle, Robert Woods Edmondson) – 3:05


US and overseas singles
  • "In the Time of Our Lives" b/w "It Must Be Love" (No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100)
  • "Soul Experience" b/w "In the Crowds" (No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100)
UK-only singles
  • "Belda-Beast" (4:59 edit) b/w "Lonely Boy"
Post-album singles
  • "I Can't Help but Deceive You Little Girl" b/w "To Be Alone"



  1. ^ Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers Archived August 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. London: Borderline Books.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Ball - Iron Butterfly at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.