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Second [Original recording remastered, Import]

SteppenwolfAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B00B8XYT14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thank goodness for happy accidents! Thanks to the crappy equipment the band had to use on their roadtrips the resultant distorted sounds emanating from the beat up amps and keyboards led to the distinctive heavy rock sounds that's become the trademark to rock ever since. This the follow up album to their debut that introduced "heavy metal thunder" to the world shows no signs of sophomore slump as in my opinion it is the stronger overall effort. "Magic Carpet Ride" is the opus track here and rightfully so but overall the remaining tracks show a more confident band with no cover tracks here unlike their debut which had a few. The other interesting track is "Don't Step On the Grass, Sam" an amusing appeal to Uncle Sam to go easy on "grass" indulgers. There are some jam tracks like the bluesy "Disappointment" which borrows heavily from blues standards and "Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie" which is a jam reminicent of what Clapton would do later with Duane Allman in Derek and the Dominoes and the Allman Brothers would also do on many an album. Still this is a pretty strong debut although this mini-lp replica sleeve release (mlps) is a bit of a mixed bag.

As far as mlps designs go this is a pretty strong release as it is well designed and assembled from quality materials. Also included is a 20-page booklet containing all the lyrics in both English and Japanese. The problem comes with the sound quality which is a little disappointing. The liner notes state that these have been mastered from the analogue tapes but listening to this you can only conclude that the tapes were in poor condition to start with. Applying 96kHz/24bit flat transferring from poor quality tapes only makes things worse because just like introducing a better reflective surface i.e.
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Geffen/Universal Japan have reissued the first eight classic STEPPENWOLF albums (STEPPENWOLF, THE SECOND, AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY, EARLY STEPPENWOLF, MONSTER, STEPPENWOLF LIVE, STEPPENWOLF 7 and FOR LADIES ONLY) with new remastering on SHM-CD's in Beautiful mini-LP sleeve reproductions. SHM-CD's (Super High-Quality Material CD) play in any CD drive. All the mini-LP's look fantastic and the discs sound wonderful, the best EVER! Seven have bonus tracks. My only complaint is there are no logos of their original label Dunhill/abc Records, to be found anywhere, and the CD's themselves are barren of those great Japanese original release label reproductions. This may be a copyright issue with original Dunhill owner Lou Adler and is a shame since the labels would've been a great crowning touch. Notes on the individual CD being reviewed follow:

Eight months after their smash debut, the self-explanatory THE SECOND hit the racks. Again featuring a foil front jacket, the album reached No. 3 in the charts and provided a No. 3 hit single, the ubiquitous "Magic Carpet Ride." The album version featured an extended psychedelic workout, not unlike other contemporaries such as "Light My Fire" by THE DOORS or TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS' "Crimson & Clover," all becoming FM radio staples.
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