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

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ReleasedJune 14, 1968
RecordedFirst half of 1968 (side two was recorded on May 27 '68)
Studio Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA
Ultra-Sonic Studios, Hempstead, NY
Genre Acid rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
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.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

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.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Iron Butterfly song

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is a song recorded by Iron Butterfly and written by bandmember Doug Ingle, released on their 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.


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 4× Multi-Platinum album in the United States on January 26, 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 ]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

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1969 in music Overview of the events of 1969 in music

List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1969.

<i>Led Zeppelin IV</i> 1971 studio album by Led Zeppelin

The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was produced by guitarist Jimmy Page and recorded between December 1970 and February 1971, mostly in the country house Headley Grange. The album contains one of the band's best known songs, "Stairway to Heaven".


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Rolling Stone (negative) [11]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls the title track "the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess", and feels that the rest of the songs "qualify as good artifacts". [10]

AllMusic Online music database

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Track listing

Original LP

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Most Anything You Want" Doug Ingle Ingle3:44
2."Flowers and Beads"IngleIngle3:09
3."My Mirage"IngleIngle4:55
4."Termination" Erik Brann, Lee Dorman Brann2:53
5."Are You Happy"IngleIngle4:31
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength

1995 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
7."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (live)IngleIngle18:51
8."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (single version)IngleIngle2:53


Iron Butterfly

Erik Keith Brann, also known as Erik Braunn, was an American guitarist with the 1960s acid rock band Iron Butterfly. He is featured on the band's greatest hit, the 17-minute In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968), recorded when he was 17.

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.

Lee Dorman American bassist

Douglas Lee Dorman was an American bass guitarist best known as a member of the rock band Iron Butterfly. He also played in the band Captain Beyond. Dorman was from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to San Diego, California in the 1960s. He began playing bass guitar in his teens. While recording In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Dorman assisted Erik Brann with the arrangement of Brann's song "Termination," and was given a co-writing credit. Dorman died of natural causes in his car in Laguna Niguel, California.

All arrangements by Iron Butterfly


Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio engineer engineer who operates recording, mixing, sound reproduction equipment

An audio engineer helps to produce a recording or a live performance, balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization and audio effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound. Audio engineers work on the "...technical aspect of recording—the placing of microphones, pre-amp knobs, the setting of levels. The physical recording of any project is done by an engineer ... the nuts and bolts." It's a creative hobby and profession where musical instruments and technology are used to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, and video games. Audio engineers also set up, sound check and do live sound mixing using a mixing console and a sound reinforcement system for music concerts, theatre, sports games and corporate events.

A mixing engineer is a person responsible for combining ("mixing") the different sonic elements of a piece of recorded music into a final version of a song. They mix the elements of a recorded piece together to achieve a good balance of volume, while at the same time deciding other properties such as pan positioning, effects, and so on.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Deluxe Edition

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.

<i>Live</i> (Iron Butterfly album) Live album by Iron Butterfly

Live is the first live album by Iron Butterfly, released in 1970. The last album to be recorded with the longstanding quartet of Brann, Bushy, Dorman, and Ingle, it is the only Iron Butterfly album which does not feature more than one lead vocalist. It was a commercial hit, reaching number 20 on the Billboard album chart.

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Butterfly A group of insects in the order Lepidoptera

Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers, and the most recent analyses suggest it also contains the moth-butterflies. Butterfly fossils date to the Paleocene, which was about 56 million years ago.


1968"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"Billboard 200 [2] 4 [1]
1968"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"Billboard Hot 10030 [13]


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI) [14] Platinum500,000^
United States (RIAA) [15] 4× Platinum4,000,000^

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


US singles
Overseas singles

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