In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (album)

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track which occupies the whole of Side B. The album is also available in a deluxe edition CD.

Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1968
RecordedFirst half of 1968 (side two was recorded on May 27 '68)
StudioGold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA
Ultra-Sonic Studios, Hempstead, NY
GenreAcid rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
ProducerJim Hilton
Iron Butterfly chronology
Singles from In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  1. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (edited)"
    Released: July 31, 1968

The In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida LP peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.[1][2] It was the biggest selling album for the year 1969 in the US.[3] As of January 26, 1993, it was certified 4x Platinum in the United States.[4] It was also Atlantic Records' biggest selling album until it was surpassed by Led Zeppelin IV.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [5]
Rolling Stone(negative)[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [7]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls the title track "the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess", and feels that the rest of the songs "qualify as good artifacts".[5] It was voted number 783 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[8]

Track listingEdit

Original LPEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Most Anything You Want"Doug IngleIngle3:44
2."Flowers and Beads"IngleIngle3:09
3."My Mirage"IngleIngle4:55
4."Termination"Erik Brann, Lee DormanBrann2:53
5."Are You Happy"IngleIngle4:31
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength

1995 Deluxe Edition bonus tracksEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
7."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (live)IngleIngle18:51
8."In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (single version)IngleIngle2:53


Iron Butterfly

All arrangements by Iron Butterfly


In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Deluxe EditionEdit

A "Deluxe Edition" of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was released in 1995. It included material from newly discovered first-generation master tapes, bonus recordings, and a 36-page booklet with photos. This re-release includes three versions of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida": the 17:05 studio version; the 19-minute live version from Iron Butterfly's Live (which includes a short organ intro), and the 2:52 single edit. The Deluxe Edition also includes a new cover, similar to the original, but with a moving butterfly flapping its wings and the band members jamming to the song.


Year Album Chart Position
1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Billboard 200[2] 4[1]
Year Single Chart Position
1968 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Billboard Hot 100 30[10]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[12] Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


US singles
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" b/w "Iron Butterfly Theme" (both are edited versions) – Atco 6606
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" b/w "Soul Experience" – Atlantic Oldies Series 13076
Overseas singles
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", "Flowers and Beads" b/w "My Mirage" (EP release)
  • "Termination" b/w "Most Anything You Want"


  1. ^ a b "Iron Butterfly - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers Archived August 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. London: Borderline Books.
  3. ^ " - Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - The Billboard 200". January 16, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly". Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2005.
  6. ^ Pomeroy, Jim (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  8. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 246. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
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  10. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Iron Butterfly". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Iron Butterfly; 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 27, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 20, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.