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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Original Album Series

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

1. Most Anything You Want

2. Flowers And Beads

3. My Mirage

4. Termination

5. Are You Happy

6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (2006 Remastered Version Full-Length)

Disc 3

1. In The Times Of Our Lives

2. Soul Experience

3. Lonely Boy

4. Real Fright

5. In The Crowds

6. It Must Be Love (Remastered)

7. Her Favorite Style

8. Filled With Fear

9. Belda-Beast

Disc 4

1. In The Time Of Our Lives (Live, San Diego, CA. 05/1969)

2. Filled With Fear (Live, San Diego, CA. 05/1969)

3. Soul Experience (Live, San Diego, CA. 05/1969)

4. You Can't Win (Live, San Diego, CA. 05/1969)

5. Are You Happy (Live, San Diego, CA. 05/1969)

6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Live, San Diego, CA. 05/1969)

Disc 5

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)

9. Butterfly Bleu

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Track List: Live In Sweden 1971

1. Butterfly Bleu (Live)

2. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Live)

3. Possession

4. Evil Temptation

5. Don't Look Down On Me

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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: Fillmore East 1968 (Live)

Disc 1

1. Fields Of Sun (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

2. You Can't Win (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

3. Unconscious Power (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

4. Are You Happy (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

5. So-Lo (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

6. Iron Butterfly Theme (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

7. Stamped Ideas (Live At Filmore East 4/26/68)

8. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

9. So-Lo (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

10. Iron Butterfly Theme (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

Disc 2

1. Are You Happy (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

2. Unconscious Power (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

3. My Mirage (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

4. So-Lo (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

5. Iron Butterfly Theme (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

6. Possession (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

7. My Mirage (Live At Fillmore East 4/26/68)

8. Are You Happy (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

9. Her Favorite Style (Live At Fillmore East 4/28/68)

10. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

11. So-Lo (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

12. Iron Butterfly Theme (Live At Fillmore East 4/27/68)

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Track List: Metamorphosis (Mono)

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]

9. Butterfly Bleu

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Track List: Light And Heavy/The Best Of...

1. Iron Butterfly Theme

2. Possession

3. Unconscious Power

4. You Can't Win

5. So-Lo

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

7. Most Anything You Want

8. Flowers And Beads

9. My Mirage

10. Termination

11. In The Time Of Our Lives

12. Soul Experience

13. Real Fright

14. In The Crowds

15. It Must Be Love

16. Belda-Beast

17. I Can't Help But Deceive You Little Girl

18. New Day

19. Stone Believer (Single Version)

20. Soldier In Our Town

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

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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)

9. Butterfly Bleu

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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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NFL quatre back singer.
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deborahstima c
<3
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Awesome music . Good old rock n roll.puro iron butterfly.��
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Single stroke solo on drums simple ,but tasty
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Good musicians singer strong although not so smooth kind of harsh vocally
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zoeblue
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of you love. Now that you started reading this don't stop. This is so freaky but if you ignore it you'll have bad luck. Post this in 10 songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen, this is freaky. It actually works.
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Yes it was the first album to go platinum.
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johnnyohania n
Folks if you have a minute please respond: was In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a the first album in US history to go platinum? I asked this 6 years ago and did not get an answer. Yesh I waited that long. I'm not getting any younger, people. Thanks - God bless.
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Folks if you have a minute please respond: was In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a the first album in US history to go platinum. I asked this 6 years ago and did not get an answer. I'm not getting any younger, people. Thanks - God bless.
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If you are not too busy listening to yourself talk answer this: was this the first album in US history to go platinum?
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Love! Inagaddadavi d a !
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Trautman's Grove, Jamestown, North Dakota. Kegger. Christmas Break, I'll never forget the night......
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A very cool �� song !! Wish there were more songs like this !!
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crials79
Love this song
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Damm i luv this such good and great followers today.heard this when i was 11 years old what the f.still a great classic.can u say memories.hel l ya.rock on america i do.
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Farm out !
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Smokem if you got em
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OMG... The full long version of In-A-Gadda-D a - V i d a . . . Thanks PANDORA...
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Good old rock n roll.... just like it should be.
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WHAT A QUINTESSENCE OF SONG .ESPECIALLY AT THE GIGOLO IN TOLEDO,OHIO
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THE QUINTESSENCE OF ALL BUZZ SONGS.!!!!
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THE QUINTESSENTI A L BUZZ SONG.!!!!
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shistle
Can you say Thai-Stick
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robflores727
Loved it in the 60's and still love it today. This song could have been 30 minutes long - more to love! Great drum solo, nothing over-powerin g , then cathedral sounding organ comes in before madness breaks out again. Incredible.
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Awsome , Cool, Boss and Radical song !!!
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In The Garden Of Eden Baby...er... . u m m . . . . I n - A - G a d d a - D a - V i d a Baby
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mtnlife2
Saw them in concert. Easyrider was the best . two leads and two drummers.
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This song never gets old, only I do....
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cyberianexil e
Experienced them at Philly's ELectric Factory. GROOVY!
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Groovy bad a**.

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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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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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Boy this takes me back to high school. Still good
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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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