Iron Butterfly – Heavy (1968)

Artist Credit
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
Ron Bushy Composer, Drums
Armando Busich Artwork, Cover Design
Darryl DeLoach Composer, Guitar, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals
Barry E. Eames Design
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Charles Greene Producer
Doug Ingle Composer, Keyboards, Organ, Vocals
Bill Inglot Remastering
Iron Butterfly Primary Artist
Jerry Penrod Bass, Vocals
Ken Perry Remastering
Joe Ravetz Photography
Brian Stone Producer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Danny Weis Composer, Guitar

Heavy is the debut studio album by the rock band Iron Butterfly, released on January 22, 1968.

The first two tracks, “Unconscious Power” and “Possession”, were released as the respective sides of a single.

Three of the group’s members (Darryl DeLoach, Jerry Penrod, and Danny Weis) left the band shortly after the album was recorded, leaving Ingle and Bushy to find replacements. Despite being a debut album with no hit single to provide an entry point for the casual listener, Heavy was a commercial success, reaching number 78 on the Billboard Charts and eventually going Gold in the US.

Iron Butterfly had amassed a considerable body of material by the time Heavy was recorded, much of which was held over for later albums. In addition to the ten songs on Heavy, songs from this era include “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (later recorded for the album of the same name), “Lonely Boy”, “Real Fright”, “Filled with Fear” (all later recorded for Ball), “Evil Temptation” (an instrumental version of which was later used as the B-side to “Possession”), “It’s All Up to You”, and “Gloomy Day to Remember”.

The album’s artwork depicts the band members playing their instruments beside a large monument of a human ear. It was designed by Armando Busich (artwork) and Joe Ravetz (photography).

Allmusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated Heavy three-and-a-half out of five stars. He stated that “most of the album was not particularly well written” but that “the band’s overwhelmingly loud sonic attack occasionally made up for the weakness in the material.”

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