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Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

Artist:  Iron Butterfly
Title:  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Release:  1968
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic
Catalog#  ATL 40022

“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.
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.

Side one
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)

Side two
1.  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida  (17:05)

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