This Most Famous, Original, Iron Butterfly, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda",1968, Vinyl 12" LP, Stereo, ATCO, SD 33-250, 1st Edition, 180 grams, Yellow Label, USA, and a True First Pressing (in Germany by GEMA for ATCO), produced by Jim Hilton in Hollywood, CA, is an absolutely "Gotta Have" for your vintage Rock collection. This great LP is Moderately Scarce in this condition, with Matrix numbers STC 6681329 A/B and is a lovely original example, little played and offering superb sound throughout. For fans of this wonderful American band, this is another jewel in the crown. The Performing Musicians are Doug Ingle - guitar, vocals, organ; Erik Brann - lead guitar, vocals; Lee Dorman - electric bass, vocals; Ron Bushy - drums, vocals.
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"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a song recorded by Iron Butterfly and written by band member Doug Ingle, released on their 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. According to the press page on Iron Butterfly's official web site, the song: was supposed to have been named "In The Garden of Eden," but the singer was slurring his words when he told Ron Bushy, the drummer, the title, and the garbled name stuck. That's rock for you!"
"At slightly over 17 minutes, it occupies the entire second side of the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album. The lyrics are simple, and heard only at the beginning and the end. When Doug Ingle wrote the song, he had not intended for it to run 17 minutes long. However, Ingle said that he "knew there would be slots for solos". During live renditions, Erik Brann's (guitar) and Ron Bushy's (drum) solos varied from performance to performance, while Ingle's organ solo remained the same. The track was recorded at Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, Long Island, New York."
"The song is considered significant in rock history because, together with music by Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, and High Tide, it marks the early transition from psychedelic music into heavy metal. In 2009, it was named the 24th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It is also often regarded as an influence on heavy metal music and being one of the firsts of the genre"
The record comes in the original stock Atlantic Records advertisement inner sleeve. Cover has some light ring wear (nothing significant); Minor shelf wear noted on the seams, a few small creases and noticeable corner rub on all four. There is discreet writing on back of cover and Side-1 label and the original price tag sticker on front, top corner (it was expensive to buy in 1968 @ +7x the average LP $) but considered a definite "Must-Have" album.
The vinyl is almost pristine and gleams like a brand new album and the stereo sound quality is as clear as a bell. There are several very fine scratches and scuff on both sides but this LP still plays through all the tracks with a perfect sound quality: no pops, sticking, jumps, and with slightly detectable crackle when using headphones but not on my stereo speakers. The sound quality is simply Superb with no distortion and no groove wear, with only superb, clear and precise audio. It comes in its original Atlantic Records albums advertising inner sleeve.
The 1968 original, laminated, Loring Eutemmey, glossy, sturdy, clean, fresh and attractive cover is in Excellent, lustrous and intact condition, with photos, songs listing and credits on the back side. Both sides are in EX brilliant condition with minor spinal wear and vinyl rubbing, but no rips, tears, splits, and only some shelf-wear corner folds and scuffs, but still very flat looking. The opening edge is beautifully straight with barely any feathering.
I use special made, secure record mailers and always ship vinyl outside of the jacket to prevent seam splits.