April 14

Alone in the basement, curtains drawn, stereo warmed up, beer in hand… it’s finally time!

I scrubbed up my grungy, sleeveless copy of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, circa 1968 from the band Iron Butterfly:

IMHO, this is one of those must have albums that define rock and roll for my generation… not for any of the five songs on side one, but for the one glorious 17 plus minute title track that takes up all of side number two. Yup, 17 plus minutes… not that wimpy sub 3 minute AM radio version, not the 4 minute European version, not the 10 minute version on some later compilations… 17 plus minutes of heavy excess!

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida!

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