Organist-vocalist Doug Ingle sat down with a gallon bottle of Red Mountain wine and wrote a song called “In The Garden Of Eden.” By the time he called drummer Ron Bushy over to transcribe the lyrics, he was so loaded he slurred all the words, and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was born. This was written long before it was recorded and wsn’t released until Iron Butterfly’s second album, of which it was the title track. The full song (heard below) took up the entire second side of the LP at 17:05, while the much more radio (and listener) friendly single edit came in at just under three minutes.
I and everyone I knew owned this album, and some never played the other side of it. It was two years before I did, and it actually isn’t that bad.