Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida

Sad news this morning about the band. Bassist Lee Dorman passed away in California. He was only 70, which is much too young for someone to die. Iron Butterfly was best known for the psychedelic sound of their hit In A Gadda Da Vida. The story goes that the song was supposed to be In The Garden of Eden but somehow between alcohol and drugs it didn’t quite come out that way. Haven’t we all been there at one point? It was the ’60s after all.

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  • Greatest stoner music ever recorded. Smoked a doob or two listening to this in my youth.

  • Wow! Feels like only yesterday…to this old Lady.

    Makes one realize how fast time goes…
    and sparks recall of the important values we all spoke of then.

    Live your life with gusto, make a ding in the universe. (As Steve Jobs said)
    Love those around you with all your heart.
    And remember:
    If we live our lives with empathy…we can change the world!

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  • cole3244

    just like heroes and heroins, we don’t really appreciate music until long after its initial day has passed, but better late than never i guess.

  • Same here. Ah, those days in Winterland!

  • cole3244

    this song never got the popularity it should have, maybe the length maybe because its an instrumental maybe both who knows, i loved it then love it now, the build up to the end is amazing.

  • samizdat

    KSHE, KWK(?), or KADI? I live in the STL (have been since ’66). Only forty-nine, so my introduction to this song was probably through my older brother.

  • 2patricius2

    This was the first song that was played on a radio station in St. Louis when they hit the air.

    I have always loved this run of music/song/track/episode/musical meandering – whatever you may call it. When I was moving from one place to another, and was in transition, I had to leave lots of my stuff at a friend’s place. This is one of the records that a friend of his filched from his apartment. But I was able to later get another copy of the record and get the CD. Appropriate at this time of year with the melody of “God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay…” appearing three quarters of the way in. Maybe we could say “Gay gentlemen, let nothing you dismay…”

  • samizdat

    I’ve got this album on a nearly pristine original vinyl pressing. Very nice.

    Loved the episode of the Simpsons wherein Bart switched the sheet music in church, and the organist wound up playing the entire seventeen minutes–and then collapsed. Classic.

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