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) at Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA and Ultra-Sonic Studios, Hempstead, New York
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 36:15
Label Atco
Producer Jim Hilton
Iron Butterfly chronology

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] and became the first album to be awarded platinum status when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began that achievement level in 1976. It has since been certified 4× platinum album in the United States, and achieved worldwide sales of over 30 million copies.[2][3][4][5][6] It was the biggest selling album for the year 1969 in the US.[7] 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[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]

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

All tracks written 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
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"


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



  • Arranged by Iron Butterfly
  • Produced by Don Casale
  • Recorded and 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, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 58:10
Label Atlantic
Iron Butterfly chronology
Light & Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Deluxe Edition
Fillmore East 1968

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.


  1. ^ a b Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers Archived August 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. London: Borderline Books.
  2. ^ Gloriously indulgent orgy from Iron Butterfly
  3. ^ Iron Butterfly's Lee Dorman dies in Laguna Niguel
  4. ^ Iron Butterfly Bassist Lee Dorman Dead at 70
  5. ^ Lee Dorman, Iron Butterfly bassist, dies at 70
  6. ^ Iron Butterfly bassist dies at 70
  7. ^ The Billboard 200 1969
  8. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly". Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2005.
  9. ^ Pomeroy, Jim (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2014.