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Iron Butterfly - Original Album Series album review

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Reportedly an influence when Jimmy Page named Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly fluttered out of San Diego in early 1968 with Heavy, whose tentative blend of psychedelic rock, defined by founding mainstay Doug Ingle’s proto-prog organ, benefited from Gary Weiss’s scorching guitar. After the first line-up splintered, Ingle and drummer Ron Bushy, now joined by guitarist Erik Brann and bassist Lee Dorman, recorded In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which started innocuously with West Coast rockers and sunshine pop, before sprouting wings on side two’s epic title jam (titled In The Garden Of Eden before a slurred announcement renamed it forever).

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