In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly is another psychedelic led pile of nonsense, although this does have a bit of rhythm to it, notwithstanding ‘Flowers and Beads’ everywhere, really! As you force yourself to listen the music falls off into the background, for which is is just about good for, but there is nothing here for me. I’ve tried turning it up, for impact, but then it just grates your ears. ‘My Mirage’ sounds like it is straight out of Austin Powers with a hammy Hammond Organ dominating. There are loads of stereo gimmicks in here, as if they’ve just realised how cool stereo is but it does not add anything for me.
The final and title track contains, for me, echoes of The Sisters of Mercy in the vocal performance (not lyrically) but the restraint thus far shown falls away in the seventeen minute tirade that follows. Two minute drum solo: check. Whiny Organ: check. Guitar solo: check. Brainless lyrics about the girl: check.
Really this is just background and at the next Hippie Party I host you can be sure this and Dr John will be on a timeless and never ending loop as the end of the world approaches.
I cannot wait to get onto ‘Bookends’ by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. I am currently enjoying the new Paul Simon album which will serve as a suitable entry point.
Album – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Artist – Iron Butterfly
Favourite Track – Are you Happy
Released – 1968
Rating – 5.7 (marginally less self indulgent than Dr John!)
Time – 36’00”
Tracks – 6
Source – Tidal
Player/Streamers – Bluesound Node
Amplifier/DAC – T+A DAC 8/AMP 8
Output – JERN 14 DS supported by REL T/5i
Next Album – 128 – Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel