Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da Vida (1970) – Lp
Iron Butterfly is an American psychedelic rock band best known for the 1968 hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“, providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
Artist: Iron Butterfly
Title: In-A-Gadda-Da Vida
Label: Atlantic Records
Catalog# ATL 40022
Formed in San Diego, California, among band members who used to be “arch enemies”, their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track which occupies the whole of Side B.
With its endless, droning minor-key riff and mumbled vocals, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is arguably the most notorious song of the acid rock era. According to legend, the group was so stoned when they recorded the track that they could neither pronounce the title “In the Garden of Eden” or end the track, so it rambles on for a full 17 minutes, which to some listeners sounds like eternity. But that’s the essence of its appeal — it’s the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess, encapsulating the most indulgent tendencies of the era. Iron Butterfly never matched the warped excesses of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” either on their debut album of the same name or the rest of their catalog, yet they occasionally made some enjoyable fuzz guitar-driven psychedelia that works as a period piece. The five tracks that share space with their magnum opus on In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida qualify as good artifacts, and the entire record still stands as the group’s definitive album, especially since this is the only place the full-length title track is available.
1. Most Anything You Want (3:44)
2. Flowers and Beads (3:09)
3. My Mirage (4:55)
4. Termination (2:53)
5. Are You Happy (4:31)
1. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (17:05)