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, the guitarist from the classic lineup, 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. Tracks from this album tend to be ignored on Iron Butterfly compilations/greatest hit collections.

The album is notable for the guest appearance of Jon Anderson, the singer of Yes, who co-wrote the song Pearly Gates with Ron Bushy and sang backing vocals on the track.


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, Philip 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]


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