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Steppenwolf

SteppenwolfAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002PAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath, came Steppenwolf November 5, 2001
By Rik K
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An innovative release 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Rusty's memory is not long, but...rusty 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "Turn that crap OFF!! I'm not kidding, young man!!" December 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Debut, But The Best Was Yet To Come February 6, 2014
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The first incarnation of Steppenwolf as we know them, arose from the band called Sparrow, which formed in Canada, thrived and grew for two years, then dissolved in California in 1967.

In 1968, Joachim Fritz Krauledat was shopping his music around with some A and R people, using recordings of his most recent band, Sparrow, as a template to show what he was all about. Of course, we know him today as John Kay. The A and R man said the tapes sounded pretty good, and could he get any of these musicians back together? Yes, the drummer and organist lived nearby, so he contacted Jerry Edmonton and Goldy McJohn, and with the addition of bassist Rushton Moreve and guitarist Michael Monarch, the first Incarnation of Steppenwolf emerged. And since three of these musicians had worked together in the past, three fifths of the band already knew a lot of the material to be recorded. It was a fairly quick process, and soon, eleven very good rock songs were recorded. Of course, calling it all rock is generalizing, but that was the genre.

~This debut opens with the hit "Sookie Sookie." It immediately shows the swagger and attitude the band made into their image. The distorted guitar and organ became trademark for the band's early years.
~"Everybody's Next One" has the same sound as its predecessor, but it's not quite as much of a "strutter." Just a nice piece of middle-of-the road rock/pop.
~"Berry Rides Again" is John Kay's tribute to Chuck Berry; it's pretty obvious. The oft-used C,F,G chord pattern and melody borrows heavily from the Berry influence, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Many, many very good songs use this.
~Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Koochie Man" follows, and this is one of this releases standouts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steppenwolf is classic, a great album!
Steppenwolf is classic, a great album! The lyrics, protesting issues of the 60's still apply today I'm finding. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Gerald H. Beever
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic rock today that was ahead of its time in it's day.
Good ol' Steppenwolf. Music that takes me back to another time when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's.
Published 2 months ago by Todd J. Linville
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
Born to be wild is a classic of its own and a song in easy rider movie proof of it this was the beginning of steppenwolf and john kay
Published 3 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is for the SACD that I just received Feb 18th after...
This SACD had a made in Austria sticker on it for what it's worth. It's a STERO SACD not 5.1 . It seems most all SACDs now are just Stereo, but so was the original album so I guess... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the LP growing up.
Don't know why, but I have only their first two LPs. They are both great and really like the song on this CD.
Published 4 months ago by David Belfry
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocks
As much as i like "Born to be Wild" & "Pusher Man", and a few others, too bad "Magic Carpet Ride" isn't on here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Steppenwolf fan, you need this in your collection
I consider this album to be the soundtrack to my teenage years - yes, I am that old. There are other albums that are as good, but I don't feel that there are any that I would... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JJN4mLA
2.0 out of 5 stars poor mix on a classic album
A great album, a classic, great songs

unfortunately the label is still selling us a twenty year old copy of a mixdown tape, instead of going back and digitally remixing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by rash67
5.0 out of 5 stars born to be wild
i got this CD from the town grocery store for $5.00 i should bought this here. i never heard of them before i gotten this. the sound id great and clear. Read more
Published 14 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Steppenwolf's first album from 1968
There are so many good reviews of the first Steppenwolf album I am kinda embarrassed to post a review here. Read more
Published 15 months ago by souther0257
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