Metamorphosis (Iron Butterfly album)

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Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released August 13, 1970
Recorded May–July 1970
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 40:50
Label Atco
Producer Richard Podolor
Iron Butterfly chronology
Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly

Metamorphosis is the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released on August 13, 1970. Butterfly stalwarts Ron Bushy (drums), Lee Dorman (bass) and Doug Ingle (vocals, keyboards) were accompanied on the album by Mike Pinera (guitar, vocals) and Larry Reinhardt (guitar). Though not as successful as its predecessor Ball (1969), it reached number 16 on the US charts..[1] Erik Brann, who left because of band disputes, was replaced by four session guitarists. Two of them, Mike Pinera (Blues Image frontman), and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (called El Rhino on the sleeve), would become members of Iron Butterfly shortly after the album's release. Officially, the album is credited not to Iron Butterfly, but to "Iron Butterfly with Pinera & Rhino", in reference to the two aforementioned guitarists.

The album spawned the single "Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)", which reached number 66 on the Billboard chart,[1] making it the band's biggest hit aside from "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". The album is noted for having one of the earliest uses of the Talk box on a rock album.


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

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated Metamorphosis three out of five stars. He explained that "the group continued its musical explorations, adding a layered production to its sound." He also stated that "[the] ambition [...] makes for an interesting listen."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy, and Lee Dorman, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Free Flight" 0:40
2. "New Day" 3:08
3. "Shady Lady" (lyrics - Robert Woods Edmonson) 3:50
4. "Best Years of Our Life" 3:55
5. "Slower Than Guns" (lyrics - Robert Woods Edmonson) 3:37
6. "Stone Believer" 5:20
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Soldier in Our Town" (lyrics - Robert Woods Edmonson) 3:10
8. "Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)" (lyrics - Robert Woods Edmonson) 3:06
9. "Butterfly Bleu" 14:03


US singles
  • "Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)" b/w "Soldier in Our Town"
  • "Stone Believer" b/w "Silly Sally" (Non-LP cut)
Non-US singles
  • "Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)" b/w "Soldier in Our Town"
  • "New Day" b/w "Soldier in Our Town"
  • "Best Years of Our Life" b/w "Shady Lady"
  • "Silly Sally" b/w "Stone Believer"


"Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)" – Billboard

Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Singles 66


Iron Butterfly[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


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