Sunday, August 28, 2005
Iron Butterfly - Unconscious Power
You think that you know a band. You think that you can write them off totally and then you go and discover something like this. To be perfectly fair, my knowledge of the Iron Butterfly songbook is pretty limited. But why wouldn't it be, after a certain 17 minute slugfest was deemed their high water mark by so many?
"Unconscious Power" appeared on Heavy, the first Iron Butterfly album, making it pre-"you-know-what-what-what". And while I wouldn't exactly label it garage rock, it comes pretty darn close. It has crisp, rat-a-tat drumming and loads of cool organ work, while the guitars sort of stay in the background. It has a nice, high end, trebly sound. The vocals are pretty much what they'd be on later recordings but work reasonably well in this case. Maybe that's because the song is fast, nay danceable even and the singer doesn't have to resort to caterwauling at all. And all of this gets wrapped up in a mere 2:29, about 15% of the time it took them to choke out "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". There, I finally said it.