“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is the title track off of Iron Butterfly’s second album, released in 1968. It was written by organist-vocalist Doug Ingle, derived from “In the Garden of Eden,” when he was inebriated on a gallon of Red Mountain wine in the early days of the band. It’s a love song from the biblical Adam to his mate, Eve.
At 17 minutes, 6 seconds, the song takes up the entire second side of the album. All band members had a separate solo, to include a 2 minute, 30 second drum solo by drummer Ron Bushy. A 2 minute, 52 second single was created and was played during the day on radio, but the longer version was requested during the evening and overnight.
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is the only song of Iron Butterfly to break the top 40, hitting #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. The song is regarded as a significant influence on heavy metal and hard rock, and is one of the first of those genres.
Of the four members of the band that recorded this song (Eric Brann, Ron Bushy, Lee Dorman, and Doug Ingle,) only Doug Ingle is alive at the time of publishing this map.
The song is presented in its full, album length glory of 17 minutes, 6 seconds. The block colors are inspired by the color of the font on the original album cover. The lighting colors are taken from other areas of the album cover, with a psychedelic feel. A separate level with the light show alone is available.
I’ve wanted to put this song in the game ever since I started mapping. At 136 hours of work, this has been a labor of love. I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to my playtesters: Vassar888, Monstor, Dee Dee, SyndicateVR (who was also my Chromapper advisor,) Bullet, and Emotional Flight.
Also, special thanks to the gang in Beat Saber Mapping Chat during SyndicateVR’s last playtest: 1stAfterHundred, Spinny, Goji_Crafter, ThatGuySteve, Reddek, and Falcormoor. Great feedback, gang.
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