Sun and Steel (album)
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Sun and Steel Album
Sun and Steel
Iron Butterfly - Sun and steel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1975[1]
GenreHard rock
ProducerJohn Ryan
Iron Butterfly chronology
Scorching Beauty
Sun and Steel

Sun and Steel is the sixth and final studio album released by Iron Butterfly in 1975. It explores a wider variety of styles than any other Iron Butterfly album, yet always remains within the contemporary conventions of hard rock. Tracks from this album are usually left out of Iron Butterfly compilations/greatest hit collections.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1/5 stars[2]
Only Solitaire11/15 stars[3]

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine delivered a negative review of Sun and Steel, rating it one out of five stars. He said it "was an outright disastrous attempt at reshaping the band's signature sound to '70s hard rock conventions, lacking even the curiosity value of Scorching Beauty."[2]

George Starostin's Only Solitaire page gave a positive review of the album, rating it eleven out of fifteen. He said that "This is the best Iron Butterfly album I've heard so far" and that "as I'm not a fan of the 'heavy soul' genre, I have to admit the band worked some mini-wonders on here", singling out "Scorching Beauty" as the best track.

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Sun and Steel"BrannBrann4:01
2."Lightnin'"Bill DeMartines, Philip Taylor KramerKramer3:02
3."Beyond the Milky Way"Ron Bushy, DeMartinesDeMartines3:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
6."Get It Out"BrannBrann2:53
7."I'm Right, I'm Wrong"DeMartines, KramerKramer5:27
8."Watch the World Going By"BrannBrann2:59
9."Scorching Beauty"BrannBrann6:42


Iron Butterfly
Additional personnel
  • David Richard Campbell - orchestration on "Beyond the Milky Way" and "I'm Right, I'm Wrong"
  • Jerome Jumonville - horns on "Beyond the Milky Way" and "Free"
  • Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard, and June Deniece Williams - backing vocals on "Free"


  • "Beyond the Milky Way" b/w "Get It Out"
  • "I'm Right, I'm Wrong" (3:50 edit) b/w "Scion" (3:40 edit)


  1. ^ "Scorching Beauty/Sun and Steel". CD/DVD Reviews. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Sun and Steel - Iron Butterfly at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  3. ^

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