April 17, 2012

Iron Butterfly - Are You Happy

Some of you already know this, but occasionally I like avoiding recent releases and attaching myself to classics from some 40 plus years ago. It's good for my ears.

Today's classics are Iron Butterfly and their wonderful Heavy Metal inspiring Psychedelic Rock. It might be a little corny to some, but once you get past that it'll be way too easy to listen to.

Give it a shot.


Right at the beginning you get the impact of a downwards spiral riff playing along with the organ. It sounds right enough to let you know it's supposed to feel wrong.

Of course, from there it gets a bit happier, but not without returning every once in a while. It confuses the song a bit and it's great for the atmosphere. Nothing too overdone, nothing that can't be imitated, but original enough to inspire decades of music.

Maybe a bit cheesy at times, but that's fine. It can grow on you.

Buy: CD | Vinyl

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida starts off cheesy enough with Most Anything You Want, (let's not confuse cheesy with bad, kids) and it kinda keeps that same feel until you start nearing the end. You get to today's track and things start to normalizing before finally getting to the beautiful gem that is the title track.

That one amazing 17 minute song is probably the main reason the album ever got to 4x platinum. The catchy bass has been used in shows and movies as well as sampled on Nas' Thief's Theme (which I kinda wrote about). It worked so well, Nas later used the sample for Hip Hop is Dead.

If you haven't heard the song in its 17 minute glory, do. If you're not sure you want to, listen to the shortened single version and be silly. The full song is what makes the rest of the album a worthy purchase.

Don't get me wrong, the whole album has some top notch quality. It'll just be hard to notice when it's constantly topping its own music.

15 comments:

  1. I have this one on vinyl! Classic. Rumor has it that the lyrics were supposed to be "in the garden of eden", but Doug was so messed up that they came out like "in a gadda da vida"... not sure how true that is.

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    1. I was gonna post about that, but I couldn't find a credible source ANYWHERE. It makes sense though. The 'V' in vida sounds like the f in 'of Eden'.

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  2. Joyfully listened to the long version. Good stuff! And I've heard about the 'eden' thing as well, but none of the other words are slurred together.

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    1. The way the rumor goes, when he (Doug Ingle) told the drummer (Ron Bushy) what the title of the track was he slurred it, and it stuck.

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  3. I actually really liked this. Though I couldn't make out what was being said quite a few times. ._.

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  4. You are plumbing the depths of my youth with this one. Not the best band of the era, a few good songs at best, but the musicianship is high quality. This is one of those things that's good for an occasional trip down memory lane.

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  5. This sounds pretty cool, though not what I would say something I would listen a lot.

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  6. The Simpsons episode got me into these boys with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and 17 mins of brilliance and madness!

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  7. The intro kinda sounds like the soundtrack to an old computer game. lol.

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  8. The riff and the organ sounds wierd, you're right. But After a few moments it turns out to be pretty nice together.

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  9. May sound odd, but this and Motown peppered with a little Beatles and Elvis reminds me of being a kid. So I loved it.

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