Offered for sale is an original 1968 Japanese first pressing of In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida by the Iron Butterfly, complete with original obi and Japan-only gatefold cover.
About this copy: This copy of In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida is an original 1968 Japanese pressing, pressed by Nippon Grammophon, and including a Japan-only gatefold cover and the ultra-rare original obi.
Note: The catalog number on the obi and cover is shown as MT-1054 and the number on the record is SMT-1054. The album likely shipped this way from the pressing plant. The record company changed their numbering system shortly after release and this LP probably shipped during the transition.
The cover is M-, with minor wear on one corner. The obi is VG+, with some minor foxing. The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is still attached. This LP was issued without a lyric insert, as the information that would ordinarily appear on the insert is printed on the inside of the cover.
The record is M- and appears to have had very little play. There are a couple of spindle marks on the label but the vinyl is exceptionally clean.
The gatefold cover includes lyrics in English, liner notes in Japanese, and the same photos of the band that appear on the back of the U.S. edition of the album.
A beautiful copy of a classic album, and the only complete Japanese first pressing of this album that we have ever seen.
Background: Iron Butterfly had a relatively short-lived career, releasing only 4 albums between 1968 and 1971, but their second album, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida, is one of the biggest-selling albums in rock music history.
Allmusic.com gave In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida a glowing 4 1/2 star review:
With its endless, droning minor-key riff and mumbled vocals, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is arguably the most notorious song of the acid rock era. According to legend, the group was so stoned when they recorded the track that they could neither pronounce the title “In the Garden of Eden” or end the track, so it rambles on for a full 17 minutes, which to some listeners sounds like eternity. But that’s the essence of its appeal — it’s the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess, encapsulating the most indulgent tendencies of the era. Iron Butterfly never matched the warped excesses of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” either on their debut album of the same name or the rest of their catalog, yet they occasionally made some enjoyable fuzz guitar-driven psychedelia that works as a period piece. The five tracks that share space with their magnum opus on In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida qualify as good artifacts, and the entire record still stands as the group’s definitive album, especially since this is the only place the full-length title track is available.
The 17 minute title track more or less defines excessive psychedelic rock, and the album has continued to sell well from its 1968 release until the present day.
You can listen to the edited (2:56) single version here:
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