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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly most everything that you want
Iron Butterfly reincarnated themselves with the addition of Lee Dorman and Erik Brann in 1967 and earned their place in the Hall Of Fame with the 17:05 title track of this album, a slow-descending C-based blues riff that also featured one of rock music's most famous drum solos (though I dig the "laughing" guitar in it as well) that took up the whole of the old side two...
Published on 25 Nov 2007 by Geoffrey Saunders

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3.0 out of 5 stars Five period pieces and then: The Epic!, February 5, 2001
Iron Butterfly. Only a generation bathed in drugs could come up with something like this. The album itself, along with the band, would have sank into the land wherever forgotten bands and art goes - save it had the EPIC of acid rock'n'roll - the title cut. Seventeen minutes long, with guitars riffs played incessantly and a two minute drum solo in the middle, and only...
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by Mike London


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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly most everything that you want, 25 Nov 2007
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Geoffrey Saunders "weegie27" (Buckinghamshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Audio CD)
Iron Butterfly reincarnated themselves with the addition of Lee Dorman and Erik Brann in 1967 and earned their place in the Hall Of Fame with the 17:05 title track of this album, a slow-descending C-based blues riff that also featured one of rock music's most famous drum solos (though I dig the "laughing" guitar in it as well) that took up the whole of the old side two. Side one is also more than worth a listen including one of the 60's forgotten happy sounds Most Anything That You Want, with its fantastic wandering bassline, and the heavy urgent My Mirage. Great sounds from these South California hippies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most effective drum solo of all time?, 12 Mar 2004
This review is from: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Audio CD)
If you're here and you know the album then you'll know why, despite the bombastic singing, the trite lyrics and derivative instrumental work-outs, you love it... the unbelievably effective 17 minutes of its title cut that, at the time and over 30 years later, somehow just "works", brilliantly. If you're here and you don't, buy it for this track alone and revel in some of the best and most evocative music from the late 60's "West Coast" scene.
And, in amongst it all, check out the drum solo. "De rigour" for its time but clever because it's not at all "flashy" and, in fact, not particularly good technically, but because it sits there as an essential element in building the "atmosphere" on which the success of the track relies. Not your usual "give the guy his three minute spot to show what he can do" but rather, by design or chance, an extremely rare example of how to make a drum solo an integral & welcome part of a piece of quite stunning rock music.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the LONGEST one hit wonder of all time, 16 Dec 2002
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This review is from: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Audio CD)
When my father was stationed in Japan at the end of the Sixties we only had Armed Forces Radio to listen to and one weekend they did the top 100 songs of all time ("Satisfaction" was picked #1). But for many of us the big treat came early in the countdown when they played the legendary "long" version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." The funny thing about owning this CD is that I have heard the first couple of seconds of the five songs before the title track for the first time since I bought the record and listened to the first side exactly ONE TIME (and I know I am not alone in that). There are certainly hard rock classics with compelling guitar riffs and driving drum beats that you have to own and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is on the short list, along with "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Whole Lotta Love," and the bottom line is that the only way of having this song is to have this CD. It does not matter than you cannot name any other song on the album let alone the names of any of the members of the band (I do seem to remember several were self-described "nomads"). You are never going to find this song on a hit collection. In fact, I do not think I have ever seen one with the "short" version of this song. But at least once a year you have to take this one out and listen to the whole 17 minutes and five seconds because you have to know your rock and roll roots.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Those Were the Best Years of Our Lives..., 24 April 2010
This review is from: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Audio CD)
Many may remember the iconic riff of "Inna Gadda Da Vida" from the flower-power days of psychedelic rock, but some of us, some of us recall the whole Iron Butterfly caboodle without even needing to play our old vinyl or cassette copies of the music - such was the power and influence of the "new wave" of progressive rock that it seemed to weld itself into the memory of true believers and become a living mantra that raised the consciousness and outlook to nowadays' "Polyphonic Spree"-like levels...

I grew up in West Africa, after the first 5 years of my life were spent in the UK (where I now live again), so my abiding memories of the music of the late 60s and 70s are in an environment of blue skies, green seas and cool breeze, beach parties and star-filled African Skies... as an IB lyric goes "when we were but children fair, those were the best years of our lives"

The music impressed me enough to remember their names without consulting Google: Doug Ingle's trippy organ, Lee Dorman's heavy-handed bass, Ron Bushy's elephantine drumming and guitarist Keith Brann (who sadly passed away a few years ago) was a 17-year old wonder-kid from whom (along with Neal Schon of Journey) great things were expected.

One of my favourite progressive rock albums of all time (behind only the likes of Hendrix's Axis Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland, Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin 2) is Metamorphosis, in which Brann had been replaced by the guitarists Mike Pinera and Rhino Reinhardt. "Butterfly Bleu" is an abiding memory of smooching a favourite "hippy chick" in my arms one moment, then us both boogying and thrashing wildly moments later. Ahh, "God Bless you, God", those were the days...

Thanks for the memories guys, wherever you are.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars manhunter magic, 15 July 2000
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This review is from: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Audio CD)
watch the film Manhunter for an outstanding piece of Iron Butterfly! as the film draws to its conclusion the director fits in-a-gadda-da-vida into the films gruesome ending.I heard this album in the early seventies and was really pleased that it came back to me via this brilliant film. Get the album, side one is just as good as two, though in-a-gadda-da-vida at 17 minutes+ is the piece de resistence!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 2 Nov 2013
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A completely different instrumental that takes you every step to a climax or crescendo.If you've never heard spectacular before - listen to this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars c.d, 8 Oct 2013
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very good well pleased I had a l.p record, but having it on a disc its much more clear great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy daze, 1 Aug 2013
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What a great band. Great songs and musical talent. I got this album on vinyl !!!!!!! years ago and said I would always add it to the cd collection. So hear it is on my cd shelf next to all the other classic rock albums. Its worth buying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it just for the title track, 31 Oct 2011
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the 5 stars rating is for the title track only which is still a mind-fry all these years later - and this re-mastering job makes it even more so. The rest of the album is so lame and twee its hard to imagine that its the same band! That remained the butterflys weakness though - all their albums were extremely patchy with one or two good tracks and the rest very poor, and thats the reason why they never broke out of the second division. But 'in-a-gadda' remains a masterpeice of sonic rock
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4.0 out of 5 stars Iron Butterfly, 29 Sep 2010
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Jason K. Levalley "Schmackie" (Tucson, AZ) - See all my reviews
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I was surprised at how much I liked this album. It seems that any time I ever heard anyone mention Iron Butterfly or the song they're known for: In-a-Gadda-da-Vida, it was with derision and ridicule. This album is a nice little pop-rock gem, totally listenable. It sounds like the 60's and I didn't find it to be overwrought with absurd instrumental solos like I suspected it might be. The packaging wasn't bad either. Overall, I'm quite pleased.
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