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Cover of the 1968 German single
Single by Iron Butterfly
from the album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
B-side "Iron Butterfly Theme"
ReleasedJune 14, 1968 (1968-06-14)
Format 7-inch
  • 17:05(album version)
  • 2:52(single version)
Label Atco
Songwriter(s) Doug Ingle
Producer(s) Jim Hilton
Iron Butterfly singles chronology
"Soul Experience"
Audio sample

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (derived from "In the Garden of Eden") is a song recorded by Iron Butterfly and written by bandmember Doug Ingle, released on their 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida .

Iron Butterfly American rock group

Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music. Formed in San Diego, California, among band members who used to be "arch enemies", their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band's seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world's 40 best-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA platinum album award.

Douglas Lloyd "Doug" Ingle is a founding member and, formerly, organist, primary composer and lead vocalist for the band Iron Butterfly. He also had a short stint with the pop group Stark Naked and the Car Thieves in the early 1970s after he left Iron Butterfly.

<i>In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida</i> (album) Album

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.


At slightly over 17 minutes, it occupies the entire second side of the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album. The lyrics are simple, and heard only at the beginning and the end. The track was recorded at Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

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In 2009, it was named the 24th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. [6] It is also often regarded as an influence on heavy metal music and one of the firsts of the genre. [7] [8] The song was featured in the Seinfeld episode "The Slicer", The Simpsons episode "Bart Sells His Soul", the Home Improvement episode "Flying Sauces", the Supernatural episode "Skin", and the House episode "The Jerk" as well a Criminal Minds episode “The Tribe”

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Though it was not recorded until their second album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was written during Iron Butterfly's early days. According to drummer Ron Bushy, organist-vocalist Doug Ingle wrote the song one evening while drinking an entire gallon of Red Mountain wine. When the inebriated Ingle then played the song for Bushy, who wrote down the lyrics for him, he was slurring his words so badly that what was supposed to be "in the Garden of Eden" was interpreted by Bushy as "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". [9] [10]

Ron Bushy American drummer

Ron Bushy is the drummer of the rock band Iron Butterfly. He is the only member of the group to appear on all six of their studio albums.

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Even though nearly all of Iron Butterfly's songs were quite structured, the idea of turning the minute-and-a-half-long ballad into an extended jam emerged very early; Jeff Beck claims that when he saw Iron Butterfly perform at the Galaxy Club in April 1967, half a year before the band recorded their first album, their entire second set consisted of a 35-minute-long version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". [9]

Jeff Beck English rock guitarist

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Edited versions

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was released as a 45 rpm single in the US and other territories. The 17-minute original version was edited down to 2:53. This version contains the intro, two complete verses, the repeat of the main theme very near the end, a short break, and the closing segment. All of the solos are edited out. The single reached #30 on the U.S. Billboard chart. Entering the chart again in May 1969, it only reached #68.

In the Netherlands (and perhaps other territories, too), a different, longer 4-minute, 14-second edit was released first on a 45 with catalogue number 2019 021 and later on an EP with catalogue number 2091 213. This edit features only one verse, a large portion of the drum solo, the final verse, and the closing segment.

Another edit, supplied to some radio stations, runs at 5:04. It includes the first verse, about 20 seconds each of the organ and guitar solos, part of the drum solo segueing into the drum/bass solo, the final verse, and the closing of the song.[ citation needed ]

A European compilation album on the EVA label (EMI, Virgin, BMG, Ariola) entitled Pop Classics 2, features a 10:26 edit of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". The original soundtrack CD of the movie Manhunter features an 8:20 edit of the song. In these edits, mostly the guitar solos were edited out.

Live version

A live version over 19 minutes long was released as part of their 1969 live album, simply titled Live . This version lengthens the drum solo by roughly four minutes and the organ solo by about one minute. It also omits the bass and drum solo jam (heard from 13:04–15:19 on the studio recording).

When Doug Ingle wrote the song, he had not intended for it to run 17 minutes long. However, Ingle said that he "knew there would be slots for solos". During live renditions, Erik Brann's (guitar) and Ron Bushy's (drum) solos varied from performance to performance, while Ingle's organ solo remained the same.

Track listing

Atco Records 7-inch single
1."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (single edit)2:52
2."Iron Butterfly Theme" (instrumental)3:24
Atlantic Records 7-inch single
1."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (single edit)2:52
2."Soul Experience"2:50
1969 French single
1."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (vocal part)4:50
2."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (instrumental featuring drums and organ)5:12
1971 French single
1."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (part 1)3:30
2."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (part 2)3:58
German single
1."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (edit)3:10
2."Easy Rider"3:06

Boney M. version

"Children of Paradise" /
Boney M. - Children Of Paradise (1980 single).jpg
Single by Boney M.
ReleasedSeptember 1980
Format 7-inch single, 12-inch single
Genre Euro disco, pop
Label Hansa (FRG)
Songwriter(s) Doug Ingle
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"I See a Boat on the River / My Friend Jack"
"Children of Paradise" / "Gadda-Da-Vida"
"Felicidad (Margherita)"

"Children of Paradise" / "Gadda-Da-Vida" is a 1980 single by disco band Boney M. Intended to be the first single off the group's fifth album Boonoonoonoos (scheduled for a November 1980 release), the single was ultimately never included because the album release was delayed for one year. "Children of Paradise" peaked at number 11 in the German charts, whereas it became the group's lowest-placing single in the UK at number 66. Boney M. used the double A-side format in this period, typically with the A1 being the song intended for radio and A2 being more squarely aimed at discos. The sides usually were switched on the accompanying 12" single.

"Gadda-Da-Vida" became a controversial Boney M. record since none of the original members sang on it. Because of a fall-out between producer Frank Farian and the group, he had session singers La Mama (Cathy Bartney, Patricia Shockley, and Madeleine Davis) sing the female vocals while he did the deep male vocals, as usual. The group only promoted it once on TV. Two different single edits were done of the full 9-minute version that appeared on the 12-inch single. "Gadda-Da-Vida" was the A-side in Japan. Only the French release correctly stated the song title as "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".


7-inch singles

12-inch single

Other versions

Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band covered the song in 1973. Samples from this version are used in the Nas songs "Thief's Theme" and "Hip Hop Is Dead".

The power metal band Blind Guardian released a remastered version of "Gada-Da-Vida" as a single. The Thrash metal band Slayer recorded a short and fast version of this song for the movie soundtrack of Less Than Zero .

The composer and percussionist David Van Tieghem released a version and two remixes in 1986. [11]

Doom metal band Church of Misery covered the song on their EP "Taste the Pain" in 1998.

Portions of the song are featured in an episode of The Simpsons , "Bart Sells His Soul", in which Bart Simpson tricks Reverend Lovejoy's church into singing the song as an opening hymn by handing out sheet music titled "In the Garden of Eden" by "I. Ron Butterfly". Lovejoy describes the hymn as "sound[ing] like rock and/or roll". [12] The length and complexity of the song are referenced when the elderly female organist faints from exhaustion when finished.

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper recorded the song on their album Frenzy .

Nash the Slash recorded an 8:55 version of the song on his 2008 album In-a-Gadda-Da-Nash.

Avant-garde group The Residents included this song in a medley of other 1960s pop covers on their 1976 album The Third Reich 'n Roll .

16 BIT (a German dance project from 1986 to 1989 by Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti) recorded in 1987 a single "(Ina) Gadda-Da-Vida" [13] [14] , also included in album Inaxycvgtgb [15]

New Jersey psychedelic band 6 Feet Under recorded a version in the late 1960s. [16]

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