Exposé Online banner

Vibravoid — In-a-Gadda-da-Vida
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 72, 2016, 7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-08-09

In-a-Gadda-da-Vida Cover art

It is always risky to cover an iconic song, as it invariably draws comparisons to the original. Not one to shy away from iconic psychedelic treasures, Vibravoid’s Christian Koch has incorporated Iron Butterfly’s classic “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” in their live performance for some time. This August sees the release of a studio version on Fruits de Mer. Back in 1968 Iron Butterfly released two versions of this song, an edited single and the side-long 16 minute version with the amazing drum, organ, and guitar solos. Vibravoid have created a shortened version that spans the two sides of the 7 inch, for a total of ten minutes. I listened to the Iron Butterfly so much in 1968 that I have effectively memorized the song, so much so that I cannot help but focus on where Vibravoid misses the boat, rather than enjoy this new version. The guitar work is exemplary, as well as the drums (although there are some shortcomings with the cloned drum solo) and the organ work. What I have difficulty getting passed is Christian’s vocals. They just do not capture Doug Ingle’s testosterone-laden mellifluous baritone. But for those of you who are much younger than I, you won’t have this same bias and will be able to enjoy this new release. Kudos to Vibravoid to taking on this challenge!


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Vibravoid, Iron Butterfly

Latest news

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Deus Ex Machina - Deus Ex Machina – Stylistically, Deus Ex Machina is very unique and not without their share of quirkiness and idiosyncracies. Some moments remind me of a heavier Gentle Giant, others make me think of both Camel and...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues