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Editors’ Notes

California acid rockers Iron Butterfly are largely known for the instrumental “Iron Butterfly Theme” and the 17-minute side-long track “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which epitomized progressive late-'60s FM radio, where extended jams were favored over their “pop” counterparts. On this extensive collection of the group’s studio work from 1967-1970, the under-three-minute AM radio “single” version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” makes the cut, along with album tracks from the band’s first album, Heavy (which featured a different lineup than subsequent albums), and the following three albums. Perversely, every song from the In–A-Gadda-Da-Vida album is chosen except the excellent “Are You Happy.” However, remaining highlights from the albums Ball and the underrated Metamorphosis (with guitarists Mike Pinera and Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt) fill out the selections, with “I Can’t Help but Deceive You Little Girl” being the sought-out hard-to-find single. For anyone unfamiliar with the group, this “best of” provides a decent overview. However, established fans will likely prefer to own each of the band’s four albums, since Iron Butterfly were always more of an album-rock band.

Customer Reviews

Where is the extended version?

It doesn't have to be on every album, but somewhere on itunes we need to have the extended version of In-A-Gadda-da-Vida.

too bad it is missing the long in-a-gadda-da-vida song

its ok but please add the extended song...

"Why does ITUNES always leave out the good stuff?"

I have this cd and it has the long version of the best song they ever did just put it in already. I dont like the short sterile radio version. I dont think anybody should buy this until they get the long version of ina gada divita."That is the real IRON BUTTERFLY!" ITUNES the public your customers who buy your products know music alot better than you think! You need to fix alot of things. "Please" get it right!" "Another thing " wheres AC-DC? You have forgotten the thunder from down under.AC-DC please!

Biography

Formed: 1966 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The heavy, psychedelic acid rock of Iron Butterfly may seem dated to some today, but the group was one of the first hard rock bands to receive extensive radio airplay, and their best-known song, the 17-minute epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," established that more extended compositions were viable entries in the radio marketplace, paving the way for progressive AOR. The track was written by vocalist, organist, and bandleader Doug Ingle, who formed the first incarnation of Iron Butterfly in 1966 in San Diego...
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