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

Rola: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Intérprete: Iron Butterfly
Compositor: Doug Ingle
Disco: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Productor: Jim Hilton


In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, lanzado en 1968, es un tema rock de diecisiete minutos de Iron Butterfly, incluido dentro del álbum del mismo título, ocupando enteramente la segunda cara de éste. La letra es simple, y se escucha sólo al principio y al final. Fue grabada el 27 de mayo de 1968 en los estudios Ultrasonic en Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

The recording that is heard on the album was meant to be a soundcheck for engineer Don Casale while the band waited for the arrival of producer Jim Hilton. However, Casale had rolled a recording tape, and when the rehearsal was completed it was agreed that the performance was of sufficient quality that another take was not needed. Hilton later remixed the recording at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. The single reached number thirty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Una historia ampliamente repetida dice que el título de la canción era originalmente In The Garden Of Eden («En el Jardín del Edén»), pero durante el proceso de ensayo y grabación el cantante Doug Ingle transformó las palabras en la frase sin sentido del título mientras estaba bajo la influencia del LSD. La verdad (de acuerdo con las anotaciones en la recopilación en CD de «lo mejor de») es que el baterista Ron Bushy estaba escuchando el tema a través de unos audífonos, y no pudo oír correctamente; simplemente tergiversó lo que contestó Doug Ingle cuando Ron le preguntó por el título de la canción.

La canción incluye un memorable riff de guitarra y bajo, y sostiene este riff durante más o menos toda la duración del tema. El riff es usado como base para los largos solos de órgano y guitarra, que son interrumpidos a la mitad por un largo solo de batería, uno de los primeros solos en una grabación de rock, y probablemente uno de los más famosos en este género.

La canción es importante en la historia del rock porque, junto con Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix y Steppenwolf, marcó el punto en el cual la música psicodélica produjo heavy metal. En los siguientes años setenta artistas de heavy metal y rock progresivo como Deep Purple y Led Zeppelin le debieron mucho de su sonido, y más incluso de sus actuaciones en directo, a esta grabación.

In later years, band members claimed that the track was produced by legendary Long Island producer George "Shadow" Morton, who earlier had supervised the recordings of the band Vanilla Fudge. Morton subsequently stated in several interviews that he had agreed to do so at the behest of Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun, but he also allowed that he was drinking heavily at the time and that his actual oversight of the recording was minimal.[citation needed] Neither Casale nor Morton receives credit on the album.

La pieza ha sido utilizada en varias series televisivas como Los Simpson, Doctor House, Mentes Criminales, Supernatural y en algunas películas: Freddy's Dead, Resident Evil 3 y Salvador.


Duración: 17:02
Año: 1968
Formato: 7"
A la venta: 14/06/1968
Lado B: Iron Butterfly Theme
Disquera: ATCO


Doug Ingle: órgano, teclado, piano y voz
Erik Brann: guitarra, violín y voz
Lee Dorman: bajo
Ron Bushy: batería y percusión


Lugar en 'Listas de popularidad'


Versión corta


In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, honey,
don't you know that I love you?
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, baby,
don't you know that I'll always be true?

Oh, won't you come with me
and take my hand?
Oh, won't you come with me
and walk this land?

Please take my hand!

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, cariño,
¿no sabes que te amo?
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, nena,
¿no sabes que siempre seré sincero?

Oh, ¿no vendrás conmigo
y tomarás mi mano?
Oh, ¿no vendrás conmigo
y caminarás por esta tierra?

Por favor ¡toma mi mano!


The song features a memorable, "endless, droning minor-key riff", a guitar and bass ostinato, which is repeated throughout nearly the entire length of the song. It is also used as the basis for extended organ and guitar solos, which are interrupted in the middle by an extended drum solo, one of the first on a rock record and one of the most famous. What made this particular drum solo unique was its surreal tribal sound. Bushy removed the bottom heads from his tom-toms to give them less of a resonant tone, and during the recording process, the drum tracks were subjected to a process known as flanging, producing a slow, swirling sound. It is then followed by Doug Ingle's ethereal polyphonic organ solo (which resembles variations on "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen") to the accompaniment of drums (beginning around 9:20 into the piece). There are then interludes in cut time and a reprise of the original theme and vocals.


1. "Most Anything You Want"
2. "Flowers And Beads"
3. "My Mirage"
4. "Termination"
5. "Are You Happy?"

1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. Except for "Termination," all of the songs were written by Doug Ingle.

The In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida LP peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts and was given the distinction of being the first album to be awarded platinum status when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began that achievement level in 1976. Today it is a multi-platinum album with sales of over 25 million copies. It was also Atlantic Records' biggest selling album until it was surpassed by Led Zeppelin IV.


Iron Butterfly: San Diego

Iron Butterfly is a US psychedelic rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".

Their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the 31st best-selling album in the world, selling more than 25 million copies.

The band formed in 1966 in San Diego and in early 1968 released their debut album Heavy after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. The original members were Doug Ingle (vocals, keyboards), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass), and Danny Weis (guitar). They were soon joined by singer/frontman Darryl DeLoach.

Jerry "The Bear" Penrod and Bruce Morris replaced Willis and Pinney after the band relocated to Los Angeles in 1966 and Ron Bushy then came aboard when Morris' tenure proved to be a short one. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the first album in late 1967; the remaining musicians, faced with the possibility of the record not being released, quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (aka Erik Braunn) and resumed touring.

Weis and Penrod went on to form the group Rhinoceros.

The 17-minute "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", the title track of their second album, became a Top Thirty hit in the US and made the number 9 spot on the Dutch Top 40. The members when In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was recorded were Doug Ingle (keyboards and vocals), Lee Dorman (bass guitar), Ron Bushy (drums), and 17-year-old Erik Brann. The album sold over three million copies by the end of 1970, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in December 1968.

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock but got stuck at an airport. When their manager called the promoters of the concert they explained the situation and asked for patience. However, the manager demanded that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would "immediately" take the stage. After their set they would be paid and flown back to the airport. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. In truth, his demands were never given a second thought. Dorman later expressed regret at this turn of events, feeling the band's career may have gone further had they played the festival.[citation needed] According to drummer, Ron Bushy, "We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up."

The next album, Ball, topped the charts, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis with two new members, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly's Vida tour and who later led Ramatam and played with Alice Cooper) and guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt. The album only managed to get into the top twenty.


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