Friday, July 29, 2011

Iron Butterfly: Iron Butterfly Theme

Anyone who experienced the psychedelic sixties will remember the classic anthem of the era: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – the slurred title of a jam that was recorded serendipitously by Iron Butterfly as a studio sound check. The original title was to be “In the Garden of Eden”; however, it was written down as Doug Ingle who, in a stupor, relayed the title as “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The rest is history. This classic single, which clocked in at 17:05 minutes on the album of the same name, was edited down to 2:52 for the single. It charted in the US at 30 on the Hot 100.

The flipside came from the band’s debut album “Heavy” and this instrumental was titled “Iron Butterfly Theme.” This is a very interesting album that I procured from my brother in the early seventies. I loved the cover especially Doug Ingle’s floating keyboard in front of the giant ear. The album was released in early 1968 and charted at #78.

While this is the LP version of the tune at 4:34, the single edit was at 3:25, but it is unfortunately not available presently on YouTube. Wow man, enjoy.

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