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In A Gadda Da Vida
It's said if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. And if you weren't there, the notion of listeners being mesmerized by a 17-minute song may seem strange – but strange was the name of the game when IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA was released on this day in 1968. Iron Butterfly's second album featured five fine originals on its first side ranging from Summer-of-Love pop to proto-metal … and the ultimate acid rock.trip on the flip side, powered by Doug Ingle's organ riff and ominous vocals (and one of the all-time great drum solos from Ron Bushy). The gloriously excessive IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA is an album that defines “psychedelic” from first note to last, and was one of the era's biggest hits; the San Diego quartet's magnum opus went on to sell more than 4 million copies, earning the first-ever R.I.A.A. platinum sales certification.