In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (album)

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released June 14, 1968
Recorded Early 1968 at Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA and Ultra-Sonic Studios, Hempstead, New York
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Length 36:15
Label Atco
Producer Don Casale
Iron Butterfly chronology
Heavy
(1968)
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
(1968)
Ball
(1969)

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track, a simple composition which, due to an extended jam, occupies the whole of Side B. The album is also available in a deluxe edition CD.

The In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida LP peaked at number 4 on the Billboard charts[1] and was given the distinction of being the first album to be awarded platinum status when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began that achievement level in 1976. Today it is a 4x platinum album with sales of over 30 million copies.[2] [3] [4][5] [6] It was the biggest selling album for the year 1969 in the USA [7] It was also Atlantic Records' biggest selling album until it was surpassed by Led Zeppelin IV[citation needed].

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone (negative)[9]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida four-and-a-half out of five stars. He called the title track "the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess". He also stated that the rest of the songs "qualify as good artifacts".[8] Rolling Stone was less enthusiastic, calling Ingle's singing "inflexible and sterile" and his organ "strictly chickenshit". They also called out the length of the title track, which "managed to bore me to death".[9]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

All songs written and composed by Doug Ingle except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Most Anything You Want"   3:44
2. "Flowers and Beads"   3:09
3. "My Mirage"   4:55
4. "Termination" (Erik Brann, Lee Dorman) 2:53
5. "Are You Happy"   4:31
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"   17:05

1995 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (live)"   18:51
2. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (single version)"   2:53

Singles[edit]

US singles
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" b/w "Iron Butterfly Theme" (both are edited versions) -- Atco 6606
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" b/w "Soul Experience" -- Atlantic Oldies Series 13076
Overseas singles
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", "Flowers and Beads" b/w "My Mirage" (EP release)
  • "Termination" b/w "Most Anything You Want"

Charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1968 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Single Version) Billboard Singles 30[1]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arranged by Iron Butterfly
  • Produced by Don Casale
  • Recorded & engineered by Jim Hilton
  • Mixed by Bill Cooper

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Deluxe Edition[edit]

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Deluxe Edition
Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released 1995
Recorded 1968-69
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal
Length 58:10
Label Atlantic
Iron Butterfly chronology
Light & Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly
(1993)
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Deluxe Edition
(1995)
Fillmore East 1968
(2011)

A "Deluxe Edition" of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was released in 1995. It included material from newly discovered first-generation master tapes, bonus recordings, and a 36-page booklet with photos. This re-release includes three versions of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida": the 17:05 studio version; the 19-minute live version from Iron Butterfly's Live (which includes a short organ intro), and the 2:52 single edit. The Deluxe Edition also includes a new cover, similar to the original, but with a moving butterfly flapping its wings and the band members jamming to the song.

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