Slow Flux/Hour Of The Wolf/Skullduggery (Original Recordings Remastered) Original recording remastered
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Friday Music proudly announces the remastered release of three classic Steppenwolf Epic Records albums on this specially priced deluxe 2 cd set. Impeccably remastered by Joe Reagoso from the original Epic tapes, John Kay and Co. deliver mega hits like STRAIGHT SHOOTIN WOMAN... CAROLINE ARE YOU READY FOR THE OUTLAW WORLD and IM A ROAD RUNNER. Out of print for over three decades, this is the first time these fines albums have been available in North America on compact disc. Includes the original LP graphics and new liner notes. Heavy Metal Thunder Indeed!
What a great album for the summer to groove to...actually three great albums for the price of one! Slow Flux...Hour Of The Wolf and Skullduggery These fine albums come to life with the proper mastering and original graphics. Truly some of the finest Steppenwolf albums from the seventies, and some really fine guitar work from John Kay and Bobby Cochran. Check out ROCK AND ROLL SONG from SKULLDUGGERY and of course the hits STRAIGHT SHOOTIN WOMAN from SLOW FLUX and CAROLINE from HOUR OF THE WOLF.
This collection will sit nicely with AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY, STEPPENWOLF and STEPPENWOLF 7....Rock On! --Joe Reagoso-Remaster Series Producer
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Originally issued in 2009 (reissued in the UK in February 2010), Friday Music FRM 2010 breaks down as follows:
Disc 1 (45:05 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Slow Flux" issued September 1974 in the USA on Mums PZ 33093 and October 1974 in the UK on Mums S MUMS 80358
Disc 2 (71:51 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Hour Of The Wolf" issued September 1975 in the USA on Epic PE 33583 and in the UK on Mums SMUMS 69151
Tracks 9 to 16 are the album "Skullduggery" issued May 1977 in the USA on Epic PE 34120 and in the UK on Epic EPC 81328
The original Epic/Sony master tapes have been remastered and the sound is huge (if not a little hissy on the "Slow Flux" album). Overall the sound is far better than I expected it to be - clean, clear and ballsy. The foldout inlay merely reproduces the album sleeves front and rear with a small liner note on the back inlay which is visible through the see-through tray.
Musically - JOHN KAY the lead vocalist still dominated all the albums with his fantastic rasping vocals and heartfelt lyrics. But many fans and outsiders had felt Steppenwolf were way past their prime in the Seventies - I would argue not so. They were just a different kind of band to the trailblazers of "Steppenwolf" and "Steppenwolf The Second" from the late Sixties. These 1970's platters were actually more to do with funky rock than straight up hard rock. Even some of the ballads are excellent - "Just For Tonight" from "Hour Of The Wolf" is particularly good. And I've always loved the pumping "Hard Rock Road" and the funky-as-f**k "Get Into The Wind" from "Slow Flux" (lyrics above).
So there you have it. It's not all genius of course, but for fans this fully featured 2CD set is a long-overdue wish fulfilled - especially given the excellent remastered sound...