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Was 1968 the Greatest Rock Music Year Ever?

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Iron Butterfly's seminal 1968 album "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is among the world's 40 best-selling albums, having sold more than 30 million copies. The line-up for the band's second album included Erik Braunn (1950 - 2013), Lee Dorman (1942 - 2012), Doug Ingle, and Ron Bushy. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said of the song "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," it is "the epitome of heavy psychedelic excess." It's rumored that the song was meant to be "In the Garden of Eden," but the band was so stoned they mumbled the words. Whatever the intended name, the heavy acid rock song led the way into the hard rock era of bands like Led Zeppelin. Iron Butterfly, meanwhile, never recaptured the success of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."

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