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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1968
RecordedFirst half of 1968 (side two was recorded on May 27 '68)
StudioGold Star Studios, Hollywood, California
Ultra-Sonic Studios, Hempstead, New York
GenreAcid rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
ProducerJim Hilton
Iron Butterfly chronology
Singles from In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (edited)"
    Released: July 31, 1968

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track which occupies the whole of Side B. The album is also available in a deluxe edition CD.

The In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida LP peaked at number 4 on the Billboard albums chart.[1][2] It sold more than eight million copies within its first year of release,[3] outselling every record in the history of recorded music to that time,[4] and achieved worldwide sales of over 30 million copies.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] It was the biggest selling album for the year 1969 in the US, although Billboard does not give any exact sales figures.[12] For a number of years it was the biggest selling item in Atlantic Records' catalogue.[13] It was first officially certified a Platinum and 4× Multi-Platinum album in the United States on January 26, 1993.[14]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone(negative)[16]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[17]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls the title track "the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess", and feels that the rest of the songs "qualify as good artifacts".[15] It was voted number 783 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[18]

Track listing

Original LP

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Most Anything You Want"Doug IngleIngle3:44
2."Flowers and Beads"IngleIngle3:09
3."My Mirage"IngleIngle4:55
4."Termination"Erik Brann, Lee DormanBrann2:53
5."Are You Happy"IngleIngle4:31
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength

1995 deluxe edition bonus tracks

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
7."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (live)IngleIngle18:51
8."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (single version)IngleIngle2:53

Deluxe edition

A "deluxe edition" of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was released in 1995. It included material from newly discovered first-generation master tapes, bonus recordings, and a 36-page booklet with photos. This re-release includes three versions of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida": the 17:05 studio version; the 19-minute live version from Iron Butterfly's Live (which includes a short organ intro), and the 2:52 single edit. The deluxe edition also includes a new cover, similar to the original, but with a moving butterfly flapping its wings and the band members jamming to the song.


Iron Butterfly

All arrangements by Iron Butterfly



Chart (1968–1970) Position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 11
US Billboard 200[1] 4
Year Single Chart Position
1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" US Billboard Hot 100[22] 30


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Platinum 70,000^
France (SNEP)[24] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


US singles

  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" b/w "Iron Butterfly Theme" (both are edited versions) – Atco 6606
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" b/w "Soul Experience" – Atlantic Oldies Series 13076

Overseas singles

  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", "Flowers and Beads" b/w "My Mirage" (EP release)
  • "Termination" b/w "Most Anything You Want"


  1. ^ a b "Iron Butterfly Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers Archived August 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. London: Borderline Books
  3. ^ March, Jeff (1999). Echoes of the Sixties. Billboard Books. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8230-83169.
  4. ^ "Legendary band Iron Butterfly to perform in Kennett April 4". March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Harford, Jeff (October 6, 2012). "Gloriously indulgent orgy from Iron Butterfly". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Iron Butterfly's Lee Dorman dies in Laguna Niguel". Orange County Register. December 22, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Coleman, Miriam (December 22, 2012). "Iron Butterfly Bassist Lee Dorman Dead at 70". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Lee Dorman, Iron Butterfly bassist, dies at 70". Associated Press. March 26, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Iron Butterfly bassist dies at 70". December 22, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Saturday Evening Post -Iron Butterfly brings Metal to the Charts". July 20, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  11. ^ "London Free Press- Iron Butterfly Bassist Lee Dorman Dead At 70". December 22, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  12. ^ " - Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200". January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on January 16, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music. Virgin Books. p. 247. ISBN 9780753501498.
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly". Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2005.
  16. ^ Pomeroy, Jim (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  17. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  18. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 246. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  19. ^
  20. ^ " – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  21. ^ " – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  22. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Iron Butterfly". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  24. ^ "French album   certifications – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Iron Butterfly; 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  26. ^ "British album   certifications – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 27, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ "American album   certifications – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 20, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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