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Iron Butterfly

The heavy, psychedelic acid rock of Iron Butterfly may seem dated to some today, but the group was one of the first hard rock bands to receive extensive radio airplay, and their best-known song, the 17-minute epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," established that more extended compositions were viable entries in the radio marketplace, paving the way for progressive AOR. The track was written by vocalist, organist, and bandleader Doug Ingle, who formed the first incarnation of Iron Butterfly in 1966 in San Diego with drummer Ron Bushy. After the group moved to Los Angeles and played the club scene, it secured a recording contract and got national exposure through tours with the Doors and Jefferson Airplane. Following the release of their 1968 debut album, Heavy, original members Jerry Penrod (bass), Darryl DeLoach (vocals), and Danny Weis (guitar) left the band and were replaced by guitarist Erik Braunn and bassist Lee Dorman. Weis went on to join Rhinoceros. The new lineup recorded In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida later that year, which sold four million copies and spent over a year in the Top Ten. (The title has been translated as "In the Garden of Eden" or "In the Garden of Life.") A shortened version of the title track, which contained extended instrumental passages with loud guitars and classical/Eastern-influenced organ, plus a two-and-a-half-minute drum solo, reached number 30 on the singles charts. The follow-up, Ball, showed greater musical variety and went gold, but it also marked the beginning of the band's decline. Braunn left the group and was replaced by guitarists Mike Pinera and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, but the group's success was largely over. Iron Butterfly broke up in 1971; Braunn and Bushy re-formed the group in the mid-'70s without success. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Love the drum solo I the live version!
What does In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a mean? Does anyone know?
Have always liked the butterfly. Nothing like being stoned out of your gord and turning up In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a . First heard it at Jafco in Seattle store stereo section. The salesman would turn up the amp to impress the customers. I should know I worked there. From captjato
In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a song has been used in about 30 movies- nice record royalties . their label Atlantic said it was the largest selling lp in there history.
Like so many from the pioneering l960's music scene, these guys had there own sound. Prog-rock pioneers. I saw them in concert several times and each time they went the extra mile, coming out encore and playing another half hour- love the drum solo - incedible live!!
Love the drum solo!
Love this song In-a-Garda-d a - v i d s but what is in-a-Garda-d a - v i d s ?
Bassist Lee Dorman recent.y passed away. Dorman started Captain Beyond.
Iron Butterfly- is keyboardist Doug Ingle still alive? I hope so. Saw them in concert several times and they always put on a fantastic show !Love Ingles voice and drummer Ron Bushy is a pioneer drummmer- up there with Ginger Baker & Mitch Mitchell.
awesome band!!!! been listening to them since the 60s sad that Ron Bushy is the only remaining member alive!! no reunion!!! :(
Iron Butterly-I saw them in concert in 74 and both times -trememdous shows.Long live this great band. Glad to see some unreleased stuff now available. In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a album sold about 35 million copies to date. One of the latgrest selling rock albums of all time. they deserve more recognition. Prog-Rock Masters!!
The 17-minute version is not played often enough! I could listen to it two or three times a day.
Still like it
rogerblock: Most of the time the radio played the shortened single. The progressive stations played the long version. It was a local band favorite back them.
Tiempos aquellos de acido,sexo y rock and roll
omg does this take me back in time and to a far away place. Those were good times, I only wish they could have gone on forever. Fantastic!!!
rogerblocke
Its hard to believe but they used to play this 17 minute song on the radio...Kill e r !
I remember vividly these times. WOW!
titan7077vet
My dad ,rest his soul, introduced me to this song when I was 15 years old. I thank him for introducing me to classic rock , this song is absolutely a classic song that everyone should love this song ROCKS!!!!!
See the movie Manhunter by M Mann. Uses this in killing scene. Badass.
im 15 and i have this stuff on vinyl. thank God for rock n roll
33mich3
This is the song I signed up for this station to hear!! It finally came on. Glad it's the long version. I hit thumbs up about 20 times.
Awesome channel
sthompson774
Yeah Baby! Live music on Pandora... If I had my choice everything would be live here... If a performer cannot sound great live then they should be doing something else... Three minute songs suck... Rock On Roll!
This is the definition of Classic Rock
vegasphonema n
Translates to in the garden of Eden according to bio, fact is that is what the name of the song was but they were too hammered to sing it, the rest is rock history
rrichardson5 2 1
Saw them at Tanglewood! Epic acoustical adventure. The Shed has never properly recovered. Rock on!
This is Musiccccc!!! ! !
when I was a kid this band inspired me to learn to play drums and I have been playing for over 35 years now and still at it!! This band was ahead of it,s time!!
60 years old and still love it! What great memories.
The best 60s vocals
F....n GREAT
jackthedecke r
a great group for a great period of life....anyb o d y not growing up in the 60's will never know what this country was like...InaGa d a . . . t h e greatest acid rock song of all time....woul d love the orginial guys to get back together...
rogerblocke
Iron Butterfly, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The Doors. The Perfect combination for a fledgling drummer!
Man, I can remember sitting in the bunker in vietnam, listening to Iron butterfly on my small cassette player!
donmoore09
classic!
Aside from In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a they're just a step above garage rock status.
ahead of thier time possibly paved the way to heavy metal
This band had one good song and just like the friggin hippies who made it, they were a grunt in the night and gone!
ironbutterfl y h e a v y
guess ya can tell....
ironbutterfl y h e a v y
Hell to the Yeah!!!!
Great !!! late 60s rock song
3:00 A.M. ROOM FILL WITH SMOKE, CANDLE LIGHTS GLOWING ON TOP OF WIND BOTTLES LISTENING TO IRON BUTTERFLY .
Made my first baby to this, WOW
I still get the chills when I hear the drum roll.GREAT TIMES
chainreactio n 9 0 8
F**king perfect band 5*
Best version l still enjoy it to this day
williamcaubl e
when I was 12 we moved to San Diego in 1968, we lived in a burb called Clairemont. One day a very loud band was playing in a garage up the street. My new friends told me that it was a new band that started there but were now famous, called.. Iron Butterfly. true story.
This was the album that i first bought and introducted me to this type of heavy slow metal
set back ,crank it up,enjoy.i love it.
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