1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

875. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly


Brief Background: In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida was recorded in 1968 and released the same year. It is famous for its seventeen minute long title track, which was then cut down to about three minutes for the radio single.

What I think: Given the reputation of the title track, I wondered if it would come up in this project, and when I got to it yesterday, I was surprised and not surprised at the same time. Here’s the thing though, and I still can’t believe I’m typing this, it’s actually a decent album. The first four tracks are sort of a pop-psychedelic-rock sound and are about girls. The last two tracks are a bit heavier, but again the subject is women. In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida (the song) is even fun to listen to. I don’t like any of the lyrical parts, but the 13-14 minutes in the middle are actually pretty interesting as a jam instrumental piece. It sort of reminds me of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, but not nearly as good, of course! The highlight of the track (again, can’t believe I’m typing this!) is the drum solo. The drums just sound really cool like they are stretched as tight as possible.


Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a good album, and the title track is infamous, but is that a good enough reason for this to be here? I don’t believe so.

Rating (Out of 5): 3

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (102/127)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%


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