Friday, 8 June 2018
Iron Butterfly - In A Gadda Da Vida (1968)
The second album from this US band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of organ, bass, drums, guitars and vocals.
I have started to review their six albums this summer and hope to complete this task before this fall. You can find my review of their first album here.
This album, their second album, sold a million album or more. It established this band's place in the history of rock'n'roll.
It was a mindblowing beat/psych/hard rock album back in 1968 where they took what The Who, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had created and made a run into the psych world with what they had taken from these bands.
The first five shorter tracks is really pop and beat music. I bit of a The Rolling Stones meat The Beatles. Just a lot harder.
What made this album to the classic is really are, is the eighteen minutes long title-track. A funky psych/space rock workout with some blues influences. This version is totally different from the version of the song I first heard twenty years ago. Slayer's version of this song, that is. Slayer's version is a lame duck compared to the original version. The one on this album.
OK, it is a bit too long. It is still a cool piece of music. And a good piece of music.
The end result is a thirty-six minutes long album who comes across somewhere between decent and good. This is an album well worth checking out.