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.
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Performance CreditsIron Butterfly Primary Artist
Ron Bushy Drums
Lee Dorman Bass,Guitar
Doug Ingle Keyboards,Vocals
Erik Braunn Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Greene Liner Notes
Jim Hilton Producer,Engineer
Richard Podolor Producer
Ron Tepper Liner Notes
Rick Gagnon Liner Notes
Erik Braunn Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is where you get the whole 17 minutes of one of the fun artifacts of the 1960's: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Iron Butterfly was a fair band (certainly not a great band) but they made their mark with this one "groovy" monster of a song. Just skip the first five tracts and get to the meat. Even after all these years I still love the thing but you probably had to be around at the time to appreciate it. Then again, the screwy thing might actually catch on again if the whole 17 minutes ever got played on todays radio.
This cd is so cool. In-a-godda-da-vida is the best one on it.
This album is far out! If you're a fan of the counter culture, psychedelic era, then this album is totally worth checking out. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is an awesome track as is "My Mirage" and my personal favorite "Are You Happy". Very Psychedelic! Overall a truly Groovy album!