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

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Studio album by Iron Butterfly
Released June 14, 1968
Recorded First half of 1968 (side two was recorded on 27 May '68)
Studio Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA
Ultra-Sonic Studios, Hempstead, NY
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length 36:15
Label Atco
Producer Jim Hilton
Iron Butterfly chronology


Singles from In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (edited)"
    Released: July 31, 1968

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 which 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 albums chart[1][2] It was first officially certified a Platinum and 4x Multi-Platinum album in the United States on January 26th, 1993[3], and achieved worldwide sales of over 30 million copies.[4][5][6][7][8] It was the biggest selling album for the year 1969 in the US.[9] It was also Atlantic Records' biggest selling album until it was surpassed by Led Zeppelin IV.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone (negative)[11]

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".[10]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

All tracks written by Doug Ingle except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) 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
6. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" 17:05

1995 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks[edit]

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


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"


Iron Butterfly[edit]

All arrangements by Iron Butterfly


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

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.


Year Album Chart Position
1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Billboard 200[2] 4[1]
Year Single Chart Position
1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Billboard Hot 100 30[12]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[13] Platinum 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Billboard 200 - Iron Butterfly". Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers Archived August 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. London: Borderline Books.
  3. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum
  4. ^ Gloriously indulgent orgy from Iron Butterfly
  5. ^ Iron Butterfly's Lee Dorman dies in Laguna Niguel
  6. ^ Iron Butterfly Bassist Lee Dorman Dead at 70
  7. ^ Lee Dorman, Iron Butterfly bassist, dies at 70
  8. ^ Iron Butterfly bassist dies at 70
  9. ^ The Billboard 200 1969
  10. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly". Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2005.
  11. ^ Pomeroy, Jim (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Iron Butterfly". Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Iron Butterfly; 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 August 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH