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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Iron Butterfly

1968

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Album Summary

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in June 1968. It is most known for its title track, a 17-minute composition which occupies the whole of Side B. The In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard albums chart. It was the biggest selling album for the year 1969 in the US, although Billboard does not give any exact sales figures. For a number of years it was the biggest selling item in Atlantic Records' catalogue. It was officially certified a Gold album in 1968 in the United States, then on January 26, 1993, it was certified 4× Platinum.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

4751

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

lemme tell you, driving into the sun after a long work week after only getting about 20 cumulative hours of sleep for the past week and mildly going insane... quite a trip. I've never done drugs, but I feel like that was an honorary high. I swear I could see and smell the music.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
1

Obviously not.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

I hope the '1001 LPs' folks led you to the same YouTube channel that I just enjoyed while listening to 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.' A bonus visual of multi-colored lights pulsating from within the two large orbs on the cover, recreating the feel of the liquid light shows that were characteristic of psychedelic rock concerts in the mid to late 60s. And this particular group possessed one of my favorite band names, again so reminiscent of the times: Iron Butterfly. Strawberry Alarm Clock is not even close. Moby Grape? Getting there, but not quite. 'In-A-Gada-Da-Vida,' Iron Butterfly’s second studio album, outsold every record in the history of recorded music to that time- 8 million copies. No doubt on the strength and success of that famous title track, all 17 minutes of the entire second side! And if you haven’t heard it in its entirety, do yourself a favor and drop the needle. It’s worth the time; that is, if you like this particular genre of music, which according to Wikipedia is labeled, variously, as hard rock (no), heavy metal (hell no), occult rock (huh?), and finally, acid rock (we have a winner!) But side one has been virtually overshadowed by the title track, and sadly, I fear, forgotten; while, I find it just as enjoyable, maybe more so. Don’t go searching for anything profound here, lyrically speaking. With the exclusion of ‘Mirage (I’m guessing an LSD inspired song),’ and ‘Termination (either the death of material life, or possibly the death of one’s ego experienced during an LSD trip?),’ the two openers and the closer on side one are all about the joy of being in love. And a sweet, innocent joy it is: ‘I met a pretty girl on a date last night… I kissed the pretty girl, and I held her tight. And let me tell you now, she was groovy (‘Are You Happy’).’ And while he’s not exactly T.S. Eliot, Doug Ingle can sing- an interesting voice for a rock singer, deeper than most and with a slight, undiscernible accent, but sung with the unmistakable happiness of just being young and alive. But the real reason why we listen to Iron Butterfly is not for the lyrics, but the music: bright, tenor organ contrasting the thundering walking bass and pounding tribal drum beats. And, the integral part to every good acid rock band: that fuzz tone, distorted, wahwah pedal, bending notes, loud (very important) psychedelic guitar. If you’re not burning some patchouli incense and dancing like a whirling hippie dervish until your love beads get tangled up in the flowers adorning your long hair… then Iron Butterfly just isn’t your bag. But don’t get hung up on it, man. Admittedly, for many (most especially, the many who weren’t there in ’68), this band is an acquired taste. But hey, so’s caviar and cabernet. I believe my favorite part of the whole LP comes at about the two minute mark on ‘Termination.’ The music takes an abrupt stop, and then for the remainder of the song (about another minute) there is the most tender, almost mystical duet between guitarist Erik Brann’s lovely, soft fingerpicking of his electric guitar (sans distortion) and I’m guessing drummer Ron Bushy on tinkling wind chimes. That little minute, for me, always takes me back to the late 60s of my childhood and, if only for a brief moment in American history… allow me to defer to a real poet from the same generation, Paul Simon, on 'Bookends': ‘Time it was and what a time it was. It was a time of innocence…’ There was an awful lot of corruption back then, too, of course. But I was nine years old when 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' was released, and mostly still innocent myself. Well, I certainly lost mine a long, long time ago- that’s for sure (and shame)- but I’m still able to find it, rediscovered, in this remarkable LP. And that makes me very happy, even despite the lack of a groovy, pretty girl with a pair of luscious lips to kiss and some curvy hips to hold tight. Just as Doug Ingle lets us know on this LPs opening song that ‘Most anything that you want, girl, is all right by me,’ I’m letting them (and you) know that most anything that Iron Butterfly wants to play, boy, is all right by me, too.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

You don't have to take drugs to listen to this album, but it would help.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Pretty cool, understandably impactful, but not all my jam

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Tue Jun 08 2021
1

Landfill Psychedelica. The 1968 equivalent of The Fratellis/Chelsea Dagger, The Zutons/Valerie or The Kooks/Naive. A 2/5 at best song, an album and then... poof... they're gone.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

In grade 5 Anthony Parry's sister got this album on release. I remember we were locked out of his house one day after school and were climbing in through an unlocked window since we knew we would have the stereo, and her albums, all to ourselves. One of the neighbours saw us and called the cops so we ended up in handcuffs until they connected with his parents to confirm we were not robbers. Back then we were so intrigued by the psychedelic bands. Iron Butterfly had that hippie cool look and everyone's parents hated that look and didn't like the music. Also, the cover was so cool and they had just one song on Side 2. These added to the magic. Parry and I were a couple of wide eyed 10 year olds and probably scratched the hell out of side 2. Rating this one is tricky. Most psychedelic albums haven't aged well. This aged better than average but still . . . . On the other hand it was certainly influential. First the organ playing influenced the sound of many bands (like Deep Purple and Yes) over the next few years and into the 70s. Iron Butterfly helped the momentum of this but arguably was not the trailblazer since Ray Manzarek was already moving the organ to a place of prominence by 1968. Songs like "Are You Happy" were also influential for the heavy rock to come but again Hendrix was already doing this. On the negative side, I think drum solos are pompous and I worry the 2+ min drum solo on Side 2 might have made them common place. The solo does have an African influence -some say influenced by Missa Luba who I quite like. This which reduces the drum solo pain. Anyway, for old time's sake I'll give +1.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Beatles crossed with the doors with a spritz of Zappa. Title track easily takes this from a 2 to a 3

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

I've never liked the title track, possibly because I thought (and still think) the drum solo was uninspired and technically deficient, like he could have played it with his elbows. The keyboard solos aren't top drawer either. Comparing it to the first full-side songs I was introduced to (by Pink Floyd or Yes or Mike Oldfield) this one was more simplistic, like a 3-minute single that got extended. I just read that IGD inspired heavy metal and that's an interesting point - the riff that runs throughout is pre-metal, and they were playing this song a lot in 1967. Side one is ok, the singer has a a rich voice, for a psychedelic band. They were on the same page as The Doors in many ways, but less diverse and without Robbie Krieger's guitar playing and knack for writing hits. Funny story about the song title.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Amazing

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Contains one of the best songs of all time

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Listo

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Thu May 20 2021
5

EXCELENTE (EL DE LOS SIMPSONS EN EL PIANO DE LA IGLESIA)

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

the best

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Una de las canciones más estúpidas de todos los tiempos. Y por lo mismo, una de las más memorables. En el mismo lugar de por decir, Thong Song, El Gato Volador y cosas por el estilo. El potencial creativo de la estupidez es algo que ya no se ve ni se nota en estos tiempos obsesionados con la perfección digital. Gran canción, favor de escuchar la versión completa. El resto del álbum es basura, francamente pero es mi basura.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Clasdic

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Doors-esque psych-rock. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a sleazy, slinky classic.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Fucking epic

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

that was a really cool album, fun old school rock with some proggy elements 10/10 I also really like the Bongo Rock cover

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

ok hippies weren’t totally a mistake

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Pleasant surprise! It sounds great, the musicians are very, very good, every track is a hell of a good time, and despite ending with 17 minutes on a single theme, it doesn't overstay the welcome, amazingly. Everyone knows the title track, but I bet few have listened to it all the way. I know I hadn't. I will be returning to this for sure!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

The person frct album. The pioneer of most of Rock songs

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Fri Oct 16 2020
4

I enjoyed this album more than I thought I would. It was the perfect album to just vibe to. The 17 minute long title track was surprisingly bearable and the other tracks weren't bad either. All around this album was a good time.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Way better than I thought it would be

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Sounded like a psychedelic Neal diamond. Great final track.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

slaps

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Curto muito essa sonoridade. Especialmente o som do baixo

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

4 starts for the 17 minutes of the title track

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Should I spin a 17 min song next time we juke?

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Acid rock, psychedelic rock.1968.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Even with this high a score, slightly underwhelming given my love of witchy or occult sounds. The real game changer is the epic title track.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Underrated band!!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Me gustó, pero no estoy seguro si lo volvería a escuchar, probablemente la última canción larguísima le dé otra escucha porque me gustó que está vertiginosa. Las 2 que elijo para canciones que más disfruté en son: Termination, es concisa y la guitarra tiene un sonidito cómico a ratos yIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, según el spotify está canción fue de las que hicieron viables las canciones de larga duración en la radio y no sé si eso es de celebrarse o no, porque igual ya ni escucho radio, y no sé si duró mucho esa tendencia o cuanto habrá pegado, pero respect por poner una canción tan larga en el mainstream, veo porque, a pesar de su duración, podría tener engaged a la audiencia 17 minutos.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

A three star album made four stars with the epic final track

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Mon May 17 2021
4

In a Gadda da Vida has got the title track, which is a 17 min epic. Really hits hard, great riffs and just and awesome bass and organ underlay. Big big fan of this track. The rest of the album is just like the doors which is not a bad thing. But final track is just epic.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

album of 1 song, but a classic one

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Everyone's talking about the title track, but I think the other tracks are also amazing. Everyone gets their shine. The organ is so surreal and I'm so glad it plays at least some major lead in most of the songs. The bass and drums get their epic moments, but when they all come together like the intro of "My Mirage", it's perfect harmony. "Flowers and Beads" has strong baroque pop tied with The Doors influence. "Termination" is the outlier in music direction and subject material, due to it not being written by Ingle, which I feel is the weakest but does have its strong points, and I like the chimes ending. But holy shit the title track. From the organ intro to the vocals to the bass solo followed by the organ intrusion. Then in a moment's silence around 3:20 you hear the guitar but the other instruments fight back for control (including the energetic bass), but at that point it's too late and you can hear the guitar proud in the background until the bass goes crazy again. Silence again around 6:20 but hold up, now the drum wants to dance around you. Around 9:00 we take an occult turn, and it really feels like a satanic ritual with the drums all over the place and the unsettling organ. Starts to feel schizophrenic around the 10:50 mark before the organ takes you for another ride. But then the bass comes back from vacation to hit you with reality. Some crazy riffs by the bass, and Ingle's guitar finally shines before ending the song with more vocals. And damn does it know how to leave on a high note.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Pretty great. One truly classic song

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

This is an album. I have it on vinyl and it’s a cool record. Obviously the total track is just a masterpiece. Classic riff - great jamming. Kind of overstays, but the rest makes up for it. I dig the whole guitar centric rock anthem vibe. Just solid 60s rock. Reminds me of the Guess Who.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

enjoyed this

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

I'm usually not a big fan of the early 70s psychadelic rock, but this is a little before that I guess, and I do like that. I really liked "Flowers and Beads". In the title track I keep waiting for rasputin to kick in.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

If you don't like 60's Psychedelia, you won't like this. I do like 60's Psych so I love this. Of course the title track is the loss-leader to get you in the door and it's great but my favorite here has always been "My Mirage". It's a banger all around and I'm surprised no hip hop act has ever sampled that riff. It's hot and heavy.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

In the garden of eden, baby.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I will always at least enjoy organ, and this brings that instrument and spades. Plus surf licks and just the right amount of cheese. It's far from perfect - saying it's "dated" is probably tired but definitely true - but always fun. The placement in 1001 Albums is absolutely deserved. My rating is a bit generous because it's psych. That final track is a statement, though. And something I can only speculate about the contemporary reaction to: There have been far too many echoes in the ensuing fifty years.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

This went better than expected. Very enjoyable, even the 17 minute song.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

good band. Could be classificated as phycodelic?

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

To sie nazywa poleconko, jeden z praszczurow hardego rokowania jak sie slyszy, drugi studyjny album Iron Butterfly, czyli czteroosobowej formacji rodem z hameryki, kalifornia, dawno nie bylo tak kompaktowego albumu do odsluchu, 6 trakow na 36 minut, przy czym pierwsze 5 tworza jednego sajda winylkowego, natomiast tytulowy In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida to 17 minutowy epik, dla ktorego przedwszystkim warto przesluchac ten album, o ile pierwsza strona brzmi jak wiekszosc psychodelicznego roka z tamtego okresu, specyficzny wokal, bakujace wokale na harmoniach, tematycznie milosc dzieci kwiatow i wszytko co przyjemne, brzmienie w ktorym pierwsze skrzypce graja organy pana Douga Ingle, ktory byl takze glownym wokalem, teksciarzem i kompozytorem kawalkow, wiec lider czlowiek liderujacy bandzie, dopiero druga strona jak dla mnie zrobila odsluch, 17 minutowy monster tematycznie nadal opowiadajacy o milosci tym razem z motywami biblijnymi, jak tytul wskazuje mowa o edenie dzikich wezach, jablkach i wygnaniach, chociaz sam tekst zawiera sie w pierwszych i ostatnich dwoch minutach, pozostale 13 to jest doslowne jamowanie, bo orginalny trak mial sie konczyc w okolicach 2 minut, a chlopaki sobie graly ktos kliknal rekorda i tak zjamowali 17 minutowy traczek, ktory stal sie ich najlepiej sprzedanym songiem i ktory znaczaco wplynal na rozwoj hardego rocka, a nawet metalu, bo zarowno na materialach deep purple, jak i czornego sabata slychac ich influencje, glownie jesli chodzi o ostre gitarkowe riffowanie, ale jak dla mnie najlepszym momentem kawalka jest drumowa solowka pana Rona Bushiego miedzy 6:30 do 9:00, ale caly trak jest tak rowny, ze nawet linie melodyczna basisty musialbym pochwalic za takie trzymanie sie gitarki prowadzacej w pierwszej czesci, do tego dochodza organy rodem z zaboru zielonoswiatkowcow i traczek o rajskim ogrodzie jak znalazl, przypadek jak zawsze najlepszym przewodnikiem, jako ze material sie sprzedal, to trzeba bylo stworzyc z tego singla i udalo sie go skrocic do ponizej trzech minut, ale jak dla mnie brakuje mu juz tej szorstkosci, nawet wokale brzmia inaczej, o solowkach nie ma co marzyc, jedynie pozostaja charakterystyczne ostre jak na tamte czasy elektrykowe riffy, na plejke leci b sajd, a z pierwszej strony termnation najbardziej psychodeliczne granie calej plyty, jesli chodzi o liryke, bo co moze byc bardziej psychodelicznego niz zakonczenie zywota

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Swingende psychedelische hard-rock. Onbekend voor mij tot hier toe. De titelsong zit goed ineen. Van de drumsolo, het kerkorgelstukje, de gitaarriff.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Psychedelic! Parallel to Jefferson Airplane, but a bit more aggro.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Its getting four stars for that one song alone.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

I could listen to the title track all day. Not just because it was sampled on one of my favourite nas albums either. Pop music doesn't have enough church organ solos.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Short and sweet. I knew of the title track but hadn't ever heard the extended instrumental before, but liked it.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Jai aime l’alb7m mais certaines chansons etaient un peu toi much pour moi. ceoendant le son et le style de tout l’album est. Raiment mon style.une deuxîeme ecoute serait bine pour moi. 4.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

The rest of this album is pretty tight, but "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" goes so hard to this day. That song is epic!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

A monster of an album. Iconic psychedelic rock

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Wowa-Whata-Greata-Albuma

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Príma psychadelic rokk.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Some cliches live up to the reputation, don't they, and I suppose IB was one of the reasons the ‘60s were the ‘60s? This could provide the soundtrack to any number of films from that decade. It’s heavy-heavy, with a bit more organ than ideal, and too sprawling, generally. (Infinite Jest might be the In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida of contemporary novels.) But the songs are surprisingly layered and varied. If you’re up for (maybe I mean down for) the heaviness, it’s a solid listen throughout, even intermittently tuneful and sweet. Not terrible for being terribly cliched, in other words. It would be cool to hear some contemporary groups cover these songs, but current acolytes seem thin on the ground. Still, it’s easy to see how they might have become Pink Floyd. “Flowers and beads are one thing" -- truer words have never been spoken. A for effort – meaning 3.6 for 4.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

This is one of the milestones I've been waiting for since I started this journey. This is the first album that I get to listen to on vinyl instead of Spotify. My pre-relisten review is that it has a unmemorable A-side but the titular 17 minute B-side is a classic Psychedelic-Rock track that is fun to get super high and just jam out to. I think I will give it a 4/5. Now for the relisten review. "Flowers and Beads" is better than I remembered and feels like it should be on a Peter Quill Awesome Mix. As for the rest of the front side "Most Anything You Want" is also a good track, but as predicted the rest falls flat. I could have done with a little less electric organ or at least slightly lower in the mix at times. The titular track is pretty much exactly how I remember it a groovy psych track with a great drum interlude around the 7 minute mark. The only detracting part is the strange elephant type of noise. I normally am against long songs, but this is how you do a long song right. It holds your attention the entire way through. The album as a whole held up to my expectations and I stand by my 4/5.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Not really my favorite, but it is iconic.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Dragged on a little too long, but was overall enjoyable. Lots of solos.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Rock psicodélico agradable. Un 4.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Well, I like psychedelia. So, will be listening again, especially the eponymous song.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is one hella-long track, so awesome though.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Flat production means a lot of this plods along. There were some interesting tracks like the trippy 'My Mirage', fuzzy pop-psych on 'Termination'. The title track takes up half the album and thankfully this is a good one, but it is overlong. In the right environment (on campus in a smoke filled room back in '68) I imagine this was quite a cool stoner album. I've rated it in that context.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

The rock and/or roll.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Iron Butterfly was an awesome band. I listened to this album as a kid. Totally amazing

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Think I was way too sober to enjoy this entirely, but nonetheless, it's a great psychedelic album.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Not my type of rock but I did enjoy it as a different vibe. Better to listen to on loud speakers than headphones. Super short album

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Very prog, but also pretty heavy at points. Title track is my favourite, but not just because of the Simpsons!

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Very heavy sounding psychedelic rock for being from 1968. I like it! The main riff in In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida sounds very similar to Cream's Sunshine of Your Love. You can sense the hard rock and almost proto heavy metal vibes but the album doesn't quite reach that heaviness. It's good heavy psychedelic rock.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Very cool! An interesting piece of music for sure.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

-Side A was pretty good, but not the most thrilling or innovative rock I've ever heard. All quick pleasant tracks that sound like relatively standard psychedelic rock tracks with a single tick more intensity. Not bad by any means, but also not as intense as side B would have led me to expect -Side B: aka just the one song: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." A classic rock tune with a killer riff. Overall the jam is great, I like the individual solos. At one point the Jan really slows down and that part was weak, but the whole intro and all the singing parts are killer and absolutely classic pieces of rock music.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I was fully expecting a band called Iron Butterfly to be some sort of proto-metal band. This very much isn't proto-metal. It is much, much more butterfly than it is iron. It's a butterfly that went absolutely massive on the '60s California flower power scene.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

It’s like a cross between pop and rock from back in the day. Classic stuff

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Last two songs got me moving to the beat. InAGaddaDaVida will always be a classic.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Interesting combo of psychedelic ear candy on one side, and one enormous proto-metal sludge fest on the other. Though I am usually fairly partial to psychedelia, the side long ripper is the clear winner here.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Side A is pretty good, but let's be real - we're here for the title track, and it is killer.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

First impression I got was they're very similar to the Doors, opening track sounds like something off "The Doors" album. I love the doors so I'm liking this. The final track is an epic, maybe a bit too long but loved it's use in the Simpsons so I'm giving this FOUR STARS

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Ah this was great fun. Obvs the simpsons one was a highlight, great fun. I like the idea of them saying In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and then, hey let's make a 17 minute song out of this.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Wow. Killer.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

one of the best rock suite ever

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

The beginnings of metal

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I actually liked this quite a bit. Good psych-rock to jam out to.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Exotic, weird, and confusing. In short, it's psychedelic. But it isn't the sophisticated trippiness of the likes of The Beatles and Beach Boys, nor is it the solemn and dark compositions of the likes of The Doors, despite the slight similarity of the sound. It's the wild and feral psychedelia of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and Dr. John. It's like getting lost in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle, with all those unfamiliar creatures and tribes around. Of course, this type of psychedelic rock isn't necessarily better than the respected classics of the genre, nor is it worse. In fact, it's a completely different domain. Apples and oranges. I agree that this is the most difficult to get into, but I can't deny that this is the psychedelia in its purest form. It's messy, chaotic, and exotic. I mean, what could be purer a psychedelic track than a song performed when they were so high it goes on for 17 minutes?

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

this is kind of a vibe while i'm a little stoned doing work from home i am halfway through the title track and this is lowkey sick loved it

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

Simpsons special.

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Mon Oct 26 2020
3

how you gonna hit me with a 17 minute long closing track like that

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Not bad. I'm sure the Simpsons has been referenced in this section before so I'll skip it. The title track is impressive, but certain parts can be cut probably. It's kind of a stock-standard, freak-out, psychedelic record. Favorite tracks: "My Mirage", "Are You Happy"

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Fri May 14 2021
3

great song, and since its basically half the album also a deecent album

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Timeless... perhaps not, but you can’t argue with 30 million copies sold!

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Psychedelic rock

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Classic psychedelia. I actually have this album on vinyl from way back in the day. Love it, but it hasn't aged very well. 3 stars.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

It sounds like Austin Powers' parties. . . maybe this san diego band from the 60's inspired the Doors up in LA.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Psychedelia gets heavy and helps create metal - what's not to like! Fave track - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita", for the song itself, glorious prog noodling odyssey that it is, and for it's use in pop culture over the years, and for the mythology of its creation!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I've never listened to this record, despite hearing the title track all my life on classic rock radio stations, or at least a trimmed down version of it. I enjoyed the record, don't really see why it's so important. I guess you've gotta widen the scope of this thing a little bit if there are a THOUSAND on the list, haha

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Does not meet its hype

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Straight out of the late 60s. Great bass, solid drums and guitar, however I had a hard time getting into the lead vocalist's way of singing. Also the classic rock organ in this album bumps it up to a 3 star.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Love a good I. Ron. Butterfly. I would say this album is a 2 but in-a-gadda-da-vida made me round up to a 3

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

meh. so much of the albums strength relies on the final 17 minute track. which i mean is super iconic but i dont really like it

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Sun May 30 2021
3

5.5

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Didn't mind it, don't really remember it

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

decent 60's phycedelia - can't believe it sold 30m though!

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Thu May 13 2021
3

The title track is definitely cool / iconic (insert Simpsons reference). Nothing else really grabbed me

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Wow! Iron Butterfly!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

totally ripped off the doors on the first song - i do like 70s psych rock, but it seems pretty dated. my confession - I skipped to the 17min opus!

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Mon May 10 2021
3

I could take or leave most 60s-70s psychedelic rock, but I have a real fondness for the title track. I remember singing it all the time as a kid because my Dad would always sing it.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Hadn't heard the rest of this album before. Not bad, although pretty different from the title track. Some of it seemed almost copycat-like to The Doors, who had just released their debut a year before.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Decent sound with 'garden of eden' being the standout

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Rock psicodélico tirando a algo más duro. Tienen un temazo que se llama como el título del álbum, pero ya está.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Cool fuzzy guitar tones, zippy lil solos. I like that the bass is loud.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

The music is pretty cool. They’re all really talented and there are some cool guitar and bass lines especially. Singer kinda sounds like a precursor to the butt rock singers of the late 90s/early 00s though. Cool vibes overall though!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Most anything you want: very good Flowers and beads: very good My mirage: average Termination: good Are you happy: average In-a-gadda-da-vida: below average 5.5/10

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Короткий, но интересный и немного психоделический альбом

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Wait a minute, this sounds suspiciously like rock and/or roll. I love psychedelic rock, but I’m still willing to admit that the sound of the Hammond organ is one of the worst sounds in music. It doesn’t mix well at all. Still, miles better than the Electric Prunes album I listened to a while ago. Of course, the title track is basically a meme. Favourite track: “My Mirage”

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Sun May 09 2021
3

very doors-y

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

17 min track is great, other tracks are whatever??

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Most Anything You Want, Flowers and Beads Cutting Edge: My Mirage Overall Notes: I understand that this album is primarily on here for the title track, but I actually preferred the first three songs as full songs. 17 minutes is a lot, especially for a fairly minimalist composition (drum solo was super cool though by far my favorite part, it's just a bummer you have to listen to a 17 minute song to hear it so it goes unsaved). Honestly a higher grade than I was anticipating giving it, was a pretty good listen.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

The fact that I didn't save a track doesn't show that I actually found this fairly enjoyable. The title track is easily the best, and there are elements that made me understand why this sold so insanely well, but there wasn't anything that absolutely blew me away

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

that one song is really long

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Significantly better than i expected, only because i have low low expectations from what i perceive as psychedelic fuzz rock. The obnoxious distortion wasn't really present and though there were some dated instruments, it wasn't distracting. The tracks were fine and even 17 minutes of in-a-gadda-da-vida were well measured.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

The eponymous track is a slow burn but, starting at around 30% of its runtime, should be quite fun to jig your feet to.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Opera rock

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Good music accompanied by dumb lyrics.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Favs: In A Gadda Da Vida Mehs: All the rest of it blurs together. The vocals on "Most Anything You Want" annoy me This is pretty good acid rock. But like most acid rock, it all kinda sounds like one big clump of same.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

17 minutos una canción? Creo que sí fue exceso. El disco está decente, me sorprende que haya vendido tanto en Estados Unidos.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

oooh wat een mooie lengte heeft deze plaat, voor de rest was het wel goed maar nu niet iets dat ik ga onthouden

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Experimenteel jeej

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Pretty good, final track is excellent

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

lol I kept thinking that this album title was a play on "that one song I couldn't remember the actual name of".... then the last song came on and I was like... oh this is where that comes from. overall 3

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

3 1/2

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Good, nutty and psychadelic

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

The title track is a classic, and the full 17-minute long album is always a hoot, but a bit long winded. Rest of the tracks were meh.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida's standout song is quite obviously the title track. The remainder of the songs are perfectly fine, however are clearly only filler. I feel younger audiences, would know the title track from The Simpsons classic church scene where Bart Sells his Soul to the Devil. The song was supposed to be "In the Garden Of Eden" but the organist was so drunk and slurring his words it was transcribed as In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Best: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Worst: Are You Happy

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Average even in comparison to similar albums.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

It wasn’t all that. 6/10

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

6/10. Had an interesting sound to it, title track did not need to be that long.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Boring Beatles clone 6/10

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Doors-lite

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

This is an album I would listen to again. I like the organ which provides a unique sound. The title track is a bit much. If it were a live take, then maybe I could take all 17 minutes. But being a studio song, it feels too long. Still a good song overall.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Simpsons lol

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

I'd never heard the 17-minute epic in its full glory before now. That was a treat. I was surprised how the rest of the album wasn't nearly as heavy, but more bluesy and pop rock-ish. Lovely harmonies.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Very ground-breaking. Good rock.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Decent enough, title track was too short

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Love the song, was curious about the rest of the album for a while. The song is really the must listen and the rest of the album is a solid meh. There are plenty of better examples of acid / psychedelic rock available. The song alone would rate a good 4 but the rest of the album along with the song is watered down to a 2.5/5.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

The best of this album IMO: - Most Anything You Want (especially the keyboard) I don't like the voice... 2.9/5

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Title track is amazing, the rest not so

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

The title track is a classic. The rest was forgettable but still a good listen.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Fín bara, gruvi rokk og ról

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Might be 60 years late here. An album from the last 20 would be refreshing.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Kinda mental

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Interesting psychadelic rock!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

The classic "In-a-gadda-da-vida" and some other songs. The other songs were decent but this band seems like a one-hit wonder.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

This is the first song I ever listened to the first time I ever smoked weed.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Really cool psych rock

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Tue Apr 19 2022
3

Solo por el tema final y que da título al disco es probable que merezca la pena. El In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida casi que no encaja con el resto de temas y está claro que supuso un cambio en la música de esa época. Tal vez se abuse del órgano Hammond y de los coros de voces. Interesante.

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Reko, baš me zanima koji će album biti danas na Marinin svadbeni dan (30/04/22), i eto rezultata. Dobar, ništa prestrašno, ali prolazan. Oooooh, ali sad znam odakle je Nas za pjesmu Hip Hop Is Dead koristio sample! (In-A-Gadda-Da-Ilida, krenuvši od početka) - ujedno i najdraža sa albuma (iako možda solo bubnjanje nekad ide na đigire).

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Decent 60s jam jock.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

It was fine. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is good for a bit but christ it's long.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

A good listen and a good length

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

was gonna say short and sweet till i got to the last track. i’m exhausted.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Endelig nåke eg kan legga til i "songar som varar i 17 minutt" listo mi

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Enjoyed it more musically, but some very dodgy lyrics distracted me a bit. Can see how it leads onto other things, but unsure I will be back for more.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

I get what it was, I just didn’t care much for it. It had a few areas that weren’t terrible.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

First-time listening to the whole album, though knew the title track of course. A lot of boomer rock noodling, but My Mirage was pretty good

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

For the love of god, WHY? Why, out of all the great music made in the late 60s is this fucking album on this list Okay kids, it's story time. One time, when I was in high school, My friends and I got ahold of some weed from a dealer who was not esteemed either for his intelligence or for his scruples. A bunch of us gathered at my friend's house and got stoned. No big deal. Except this weed was laced with PCP, and rather than getting stoned and sitting on the couch laughing, we went to the fucking moon. I don't have a lot of memories of that night, apart from the fact that I was involuntarily walking around with my arms in front of me like a T-rex, and I kept opening sodas, taking one drink, and setting them down and losing them forever. Why does this story matter now? Someone put on this album, side 2, and my friend Johnny and I did an interpretive dance to all of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. He was spinning in place and I was dancing around him in the opposite direction. At the time it was a beautiful expression of the power of the music that we transmuted into physical movements as we became the song. Somehow I think it would have looked a lot stupider to an outside observer who wasn't on drugs. It's a funny memory, though, and I tend to forget all about it until I am reminded that this album exists. Anyway, this album is really boring and people mostly remember it for the interminable song that takes up the entire second half of the album. It just keeps fucking going without much purpose other than to exists for as long as it can. In some ways it's a perfect metaphor for the perpetual struggle of living things to continue to exist, moment by moment, despite the fact that we will all eventually fail and be returned to the earth Or anyway it would be a perfect metaphor if this album was less fucking boring 3/5

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Hypnotic and hip. I love how the track and the album name is an interpretation of In the Garden of Eden slurred by the inebriated vocalist after a gallon of wine.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

First time listening to this. Interesting but not something I'll play often.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Doors alike

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

It's nice. Not my vibe right now, and nothing made me really go wow or something like that. Probably just too influential, so a lot of what makes it great has been replicated so many times already.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Interesting album, would listen again

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

You know why this album is on here--one half is forgettable and the other you have heard on the radio so much that it is also forgettable (overrated)

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Muistan jotenkin todella elävästi kun toi nimikkobiisi oli kerran läppänä Simpsoneissa. En ymmärtäny muksuna siitä mitään :D ihan jees kyllä nimenomaan se biisi, kunnon tiluttelua. Puolet levystä siis hyvää, joten annetaan 3

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Täs on omat hetkensä. Aikansa progejytää! On tylsempiäkin ralleja toki. 3/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Well its the SIMPSONS SONG isn't it!! Very excited to hear that and assume that's the reason this is in the list. Great song. OTher than that enjoyed this psych rock stuff!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Easy to bop your head to. Upon first listening, I found some of the lyrics a bit tiresome, but as I've re-listened some of the songs, I don't mind them as much anymore. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is obviously the track that stands out the most, as it is about the length of the rest of the album. I was tempted to give this album a four, but I don't think it left me with a strong enough impression. Perhaps it will grow on me later on. Favourite songs: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, My Mirage

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Yeah, I tapped out about half way through that way too long title track. But I listened to the rest of it.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

I guess I now know why "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is the only Iron Butterfly song I know. The rest of the album is fine, but unremarkable. It's certainly far less remarkable than the 17-minute (!!) "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (all praise the radio edit!). This gets two stars for being serviceable Doors-style psychedelic rock, and another for (the shorter version of) the classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

super epic vibes bro

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Whatever... it's fine.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

This is fairly terrible, but I have a very soft spot for it.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

Can see why it’s on the list, just nothing special for me

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a great song with a fun drum solo part hut the other songs aren’t very strong on the album.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I came here for a good time and I had a good time so I guess I can't dip lower than a 3, but I'd be lying if I said I really "get" why this album made the list. Yes I've heard the title track sampled a million times, and heard it pop up in a million movies. Not sure if that alone qualifies it or not. I guess it deserves some credit for inventing the "20 minute long rock and roll song" that became so huge in the 70s with bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Also: I wish I had gotten a more METAL album for album #666, but that was the role of the dice.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida as well as other songs

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

3.7 - Some righteous organ work throughout, and an all-around solid example of psychedelia steeped in 1968 California. I imagine these guys rubbed shoulders with rock royalty like the Doors and Janis Joplin, frequenting the same bookstores, scoring LSD from the same dealers...The title track is a little sleepier and stonier than I remember.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Weet niet zo goed wat ik hier nou mee moet. 2x geluisterd, maar 2x is er eigenlijk niet zoveel van blijven hangen. Maar het klonk ook weer niet vervelend ofzo. Voor de vorm geef ik ze het voordeel van de twijfel.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

I know the title track but never heard the rest... could be cool, we'll see. Wasn't really as cool as I'd hoped, just kinda jam-band hippie stuff. Title track has never been a huge favourite or anything, but pretty indicative of the rest anyway. 2/5.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
2

Mediocre masturbatory boomer music

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

The drum solo is nice, I guess. I get why people are into it. The rest is entirely forgettable. Best track: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

Not really sure what this was

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

Very psychedelic, one classic song that should only be 7min not 17.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Short album containing not much

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Mon May 10 2021
2

2.5

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Ok 2

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Fri May 21 2021
2

The title track is truly not brief. From memory, the singer had skolled a ridiculous amount of alcohol when the bass player was transcribing the lyrics for ‘In the Garden of Eden’- hence named the album title instead. Overall not a great album, but garden is a great jam

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Un disco que me dio mucha hueva, no regresaría a él y me suena como a todo un popurrí de esa época. Medio rock, medio psicodélico, esas voces medio distorsionadas, en coro, etc. No, no. 5/10.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Flashes of brilliance but for me largely unremarkable (besides the obvious title track with a killer bassline).

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Naa

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