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« Thread started on: Apr 27th, 2014, 8:54pm »

There's quite a good deal of versions of this song. Which ones do you prefer? I didn't attach a poll since know only a few versions, but to give you an idea:

This is Iron Butterfly's original from 1968, running the legendary 17 minutes.

This was Boney M.'s cover from 1980. Back then sure enough a subject of hate for any true rock lover, today an interesting insight what the disco era brought up. This is the maxi version, running close to 9 minutes. I have to admit I like this version.

This is Slayer's remake, dating from 1987, slightly over the 3 minutes mark. Um, doesn't do much for me, the raw punk like attitude does have its charms but I'll stick to the other two versions this far...

That's what Iron Butterfly made their song sound like live on stage in 2012 (19 minutes!).


There's plenty more versions, what do you think? Any favourites?
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xx Re: In-a-Gadda-da-Vida versions
« Reply #1 on: May 6th, 2014, 4:05pm »

I've only heard the original, so I have no opinion.

(I didn't want your thread to go without a single response.) smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 6th, 2014, 4:11pm »

This song sounds like rock and/or roll.

(It was inevitable! grin)
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« Reply #3 on: May 8th, 2014, 07:29am »

on May 6th, 2014, 4:05pm, Dust wrote:
I've only heard the original, so I have no opinion.


This is why I provided links so people can listen to all versions without any efforts. Just click the "this" words in my opening post. smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 8th, 2014, 11:53am »

on May 8th, 2014, 07:29am, Schrottrocker wrote:
This is why I provided links so people can listen to all versions without any efforts. Just click the "this" words in my opening post. smiley

Yeah, I've been too lazy to do that. Especially with some of my FaceBook friends posting a new video every fifteen minutes. smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 8th, 2014, 1:32pm »

Must admit complete ignorance of this track but have to admire the way Boney M could turn anything into disco: gangster matriarchs, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the Russian revolution, chunks of the Old Testament.... laugh
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« Reply #6 on: May 21st, 2014, 7:08pm »

I've just done something that I knew once that I would never ever do. Deliberately listened to a Boney M track so thanks for that.

Liked the slayer song but I always feel that they sound like they try too hard to be loud and aggressive. Still prefer the Iron Butterfly version . The live 2012 version is best if only for the look of the hillbilly bass player's face at the univited dancer.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22nd, 2014, 09:12am »

on May 21st, 2014, 7:08pm, thefarmer wrote:
I've just done something that I knew once that I would never ever do. Deliberately listened to a Boney M track so thanks for that.

You're welcome grin

Well I see nobody here seems to care much about his song no matter in which version. Is In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida seen as overrated? To me this song has been a mystery for a long time because it was always said to have made ground breaking history but then I never ever knew the original version until I actively searched for it on youtube. Any "best of rock history" compilation has the 3-minute radio edit, it is never ever played on the radio, the first time I heard it in full length was a crappy midi file, then I found the Boney M. version by accident. Now that version surprised me for the sheer fact Boney M. covered this song.

Having finally heard the original version, I can hear echos of the drum solo in The Beatles' "The End" on Abbey Road and EL&P's "Tank" so I would say Iron Butterfly made in fact an obvious impact on rock music history with bringing up that drum solo, no matter how debatable the song is.

The Boney M. version I find interesting enough for how good that cover version turned out (for Boney M., mind you!) and also for the New Wave influences in that commmercial disco record, an interesting insight in music history for a late-born.

Slayer do nothing for me, all they did was making the song crude and raw but the way they do that they could have taken any random song. They add nothing special. I just added that version because I couldn't find any other versions - I'd be interested though.
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xx Re: In-a-Gadda-da-Vida versions
« Reply #8 on: May 22nd, 2014, 09:39am »

I have the album since decades and really enjoy it. I cannot be bothered to hear other versions of the song. The original version is fine by me.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22nd, 2014, 4:20pm »

This is my favourite version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlwtgaQZYDI
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« Reply #10 on: May 22nd, 2014, 6:14pm »

on May 22nd, 2014, 4:20pm, Dr. John wrote:
This is my favourite version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlwtgaQZYDI

Yes! grin
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« Reply #11 on: May 23rd, 2014, 07:46am »

on May 22nd, 2014, 4:20pm, Dr. John wrote:
This is my favourite version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlwtgaQZYDI


Why did I not think of that?! laugh
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« Reply #12 on: May 26th, 2014, 5:00pm »

on May 22nd, 2014, 09:12am, Schrottrocker wrote:
Well I see nobody here seems to care much about his song no matter in which version.


No I do care. Bought the album in the late seventies used to listen to it loads though it has been years since I played it now. Used to be one my favourites.
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