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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At The Galaxy 1967

1. Real Freight (Live 1967)

2. Possession (Live 1967)

3. Filled With Fear (Live 1967)

4. Fields Of Sun (Live 1967)

5. It's Up To You (Live 1967)

6. Gloomy Day To Remember (Live 1967)

7. Got To Ignore Evil Temptations (Live 1967)

8. So-Lo (Live 1967)

9. Gentle As It May Seem (Live 1967)

10. Lonely Boy (Live 1967)

11. Iron Butterfly Theme (Live 1967)

12. You Can't Win (Live 1967)

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Track List: Metamorphosis

1. Free Flight

2. New Day

3. Shady Lady

4. Best Years Of Our Life

5. Slower Than Guns

6. Stone Believer

7. Soldier In Our Town

8. Easy Rider (Let The Wind Pay The Way)

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Track List: Ball

1. In The Time Of Our Lives

2. Soul Experience

3. Lonely Boy

4. Real Fright

5. In The Crowds

6. It Must Be Love

7. Her Favorite Style

8. Filled With Fear

9. Belda-Beast

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Track List: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

1. Most Anything You Want

2. Flowers And Beads

3. My Mirage

4. Termination

5. Are You Happy

6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

8. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Single Version)

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Track List: Heavy

1. Possession

2. Unconscious Power

3. Get Out Of My Life, Woman

4. Gentle As It May Seem

5. You Can't Win

6. So-Lo

7. Look For The Sun

8. Fields Of Sun

9. Stamped Ideas

10. Iron Butterfly Theme

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Captain Beyond- Sufficiently Breathless!
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What group I grew up knowing Danny he was a good friend and always played for people iron butterfly was a passion for him he always never cared about fame he loved his music hope your still going jack weaver
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Love the keyboard solo after the drum solo.
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glen_smith7
The band is touring now....I just got to do sound for them when they did a gig in southwestern lower Michigan.... T h e y were AWESOME!
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Beyond
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nandop64
I was a little kid when I heard it first time. My older sisters music. Great song. It was one of my inspiration when I was learning to play drums back in the 70s
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What a trip! This song says sixties acid tunes all over it. Yep those were the days of truly innovative music !
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In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a & Viet Nam what a combination
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Hey, it's prom night again, Love these guys
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Almost lost my mind listening to this long version over and over again.the Black Opiated hash that I got in Turkey might have had something to do with it.
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k.costomiris
Listened to In-A-Gadda -Da-Vida on a AC-130 gunship in V. Nam, Rack em
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wavesrock
JUST THE GREATEST EVER !!!!!!!!! I'm almost 70 & this still has me doing the drums on the table.
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Memories...
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Love it.
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Not long enough!
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I love it!! Psychedelic jammy tunes vibrating the window pane.......l o l
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imajunebug2
Boy this takes me back to high school. Still good
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cyberianexil e
ONE OF THE FIRST BANDS I EXPERIENCED AT THE ELECTRIC FACTORY IN PHILADELPHIA ! MAGIC!
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Yes! Reds, Whites, and nickel bag.
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This is cool as h... Waited a long time for this. Thanks pandora!
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SNOOPY ACID, window pain, double barrel mescaline
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a_tellez00
Right on
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a_tellez00
Ah yes mescaline
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a_tellez00
What a band I miss them....Too bad pandora that is one sorry bio
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One of the most profound PEACES for My Generation, Long live the Boomer!
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Ina goda davida was a great tune but the entire album was Great I loved the song called Mirage
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when this magical song came out I had to start using drugs this band is still great..i have to look for the drugs back in the day, like tea tabs....home m a d e (t)...kaneba n o l , . . m e s c a l i n . . . . o r a n g e a/ss/ real acid microdot,,th e list just grows,,..aro a 7 1 4 s , , . . . . p a r k e r - d a v i s . p h a m i c a l . . . . q a u l u d e s , , , 4 w a y windoepane.. . . . . . I did a lot of these drugs and still kickin today it is a plaesent reminder of how things used to be,..and I was doing these drugs in my bedroom/wow, , , w h e r e is mom & dad?i found there
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SLAYER, of all bands, has covered this song. INCREDIBLE!
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A gadda da vids mean just getting hi james no
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Believed to be the FIRST platinum rock song. Such a classic.....
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Oh, wow, man...Far out!!! Groovy!!
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Thank you! Wasn't everyone into drugs than.....jus t saying...
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jake.kiesler
Originally, it was in the Garden of Eden, but they had a lot of drugs.
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jake.kiesler
In the Garden of Eden there you go my friends.
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Love the drum solo I the live version!
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What does In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a mean? Does anyone know?
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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
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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.
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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!!
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Love the drum solo!
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Love this song In-a-Garda-d a - v i d s but what is in-a-Garda-d a - v i d s ?
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Bassist Lee Dorman recent.y passed away. Dorman started Captain Beyond.
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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.
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awesome band!!!! been listening to them since the 60s sad that Ron Bushy is the only remaining member alive!! no reunion!!! :(
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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!!
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The 17-minute version is not played often enough! I could listen to it two or three times a day.
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Still like it
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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.
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Tiempos aquellos de acido,sexo y rock and roll
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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!!!
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