Iron Butterfly’s song of biblical proportions

Got a spare 17 minutes?
Ten weeks after it was released, Iron Butterfly’s LP “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” landed on Billboard’s album chart on Sept.7, 1968. It would eventually reach the #10 position, propelled by the full-length version of its title track — a radio-friendly version was edited to just under three minutes.
(The title “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is a reverse mondegreen for in the Garden of Eden.)

Iron Butterfly are part of a moment (movement?) when psychedelic music began its shift toward heavy metal — and the band’s name may have had an influence on another band, The New Yardbirds, who would change their name in October to Led Zeppelin.

Speaking of Led Zeppelin, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was Atlantic Records’ biggest selling LP until 1971, when it was surpassed by “Led Zeppelin IV.”

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