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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002PAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Many, many very good songs use this.
A Hermit
If you are the kind of person that buys albums, as opposed to best of compilations, this is one to get for sure.
Hans Pfaall
"Steppenwolf", their debut, remains arguably their best.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rik K on November 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The group's still-ubiquitous 1968 anthem 'Born To Be Wild', with its "heavy metal thunder" lyric, helped usher in an entire genre of music which thrives to this day. Steppenwolf's pioneering "hard rock" sound was an altogether grittier and heavier beast than 60's rock audiences had generally heard before.

Music fans wanting to own some of Steppenwolf's work have mostly been content to have one of the band's countless "greatest hits" collections - a wise choice if your interest is merely casual. Steppenwolf's few original albums tend to be highly uneven efforts, but they did manage to make a couple of great ones. "Steppenwolf", their debut, remains arguably their best.

From an unpromising start came one of rock history's most breathtakingly punchy, sonically economic-yet-engaging works. Its combination of kickin' party-on rock and sophisticated adult socio-political viewpoint is truly an odd one.

In autumn of 1967, a touring Canadian band called Sparrow (fronted by East German escapee John Kay) found itself broke and stranded in Los Angeles. Not yet ready to be sent home by Immigration officers, some of the Sparrow-men renamed themselves Steppenwolf, added a couple of locals, and passed themselves off as a fledgling American band.

The new band's intitial distinctive sound was due largely to some very dodgy old gear they were using, including the cheap Lowery organ so memorably attacked in 'Born To Be Wild' and throughout this album. Their daunting technical deficiencies were ingeniously concealed behind loads of volume and tastefully-used distortion.

Steppenwolf's fortuitous choice to use L.A.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Hans Pfaall on January 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Due to the possibility that some of the other reviews may have been a bit long-winded, I will state the essential. Along with Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, and at times Vanilla Fudge, Steppenwolf was an innovative hard rock group unfortunately not known today. On many songs, the organ, and fuzz create a unique massive sound that was before Zeppelin, and a full two years before Black Sabbath. My fiend of a friend likes calling this release "loud and dumb," but I certainly will not go that far. Although the lyrics would improve for Steppenwolf, this album is one of their best, and is essential for someone interested in the roots of heavy metal. It is a good listen, with none of what I would refer to as "obviously inefficient tracks." Particularly good are the covers - the Muddy Waters standard is one of the heaviest versions of slow blues ever recorded. John Kay's "Desperation" is a strong heavy rhythm and blues styled track. Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher" is also superb, with freaked out guitars, and a fierce vocal from Kay. This album also contains one of the most overplayed, though great songs, "Born to Be Wild." If you are the kind of person that buys albums, as opposed to best of compilations, this is one to get for sure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerald A. Maliwesky on January 27, 2006
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To refute Mr. Rusty Humphrey's review: Snowblind Friend originally appeared on Steppenwolf 7, and Magic Carpet Ride on Steppenwolf the Second. Check them out too! And, the Ostrich is a great tune also.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nagronsky VINE VOICE on December 3, 2007
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How many times did I hear that? This album, along with "Truth" by Jeff Beck and Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" define '68 for me. While I can't crank this up like I used to, it's still a great disc. Plus, of course, it sounds one heck of a lot better through Yamaha, AR, & Grado gear than it did through Magnavox or Sears Silvertone "stereo" in 1968!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FairiesWearBoots8272 on August 30, 1999
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This is Steppenwolf's self-titled debut album which introduced the band's blend of hard rock, blues and politics to the world. In addition to the hits Sookie Sookie and Born To Be Wild, this album contains such great songs as The Pusher, Hoochie Coochie Man, and Your Wall's Too High. This wonderful album is a great place to being a Steppenwolf collection.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry Matthews on February 3, 2000
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This is the "Greatest" Steppenwolf Album. The beginning of a hot legacy of big hits that would go from 1968 through a rather bumpy road to 1974. "Born to Be Wild" is included and was a Monster Hit that is still one of the defining songs of the 60's generation. "The Pusher", the wildly misunderstood, ANTI-DRUG song, that may be a bit hard for your mom or grandmother to listen to, but had a GOOD POINT. Other great songs such as "Sookie Sookie" (still don't understand that one), "A Girl I Knew", "Berry Rides Again" (an ode to Chuck Berry's songs) and "Take What You Need" define the Steppenwolf sound - White Blues. A great album and, like the "Doors" first album, it defines the best of their sound. Also, like "The Doors", it was their first and last album to hold fast to the sound before the blues and hard edge dwindled in their second and succeeding albums. Overall, it's outstanding. Nobody has sounded like this great Steppenwolf before or since - even Steppenwolf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
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I have this CD in my computer desk and I go "high" while I'm working in my engeneering reports. Beside from Born to be wild; Sookie Sookie and Hoochie Coochie Man, I love to listen to the rock piano on Berry Rides Again, the organ on Desperation and mostly The Pusher, wich I think coul be beter for represent the movie... It's funny to see how many artists of the 90's go "drink" (and eat) on musics of the 60's & 70's... JR, from PORTUGAL
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