Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1967) (MFSL Remaster Edit 1997)

Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1967) (MFSL Remaster Edit 1997)

"Born to be Wild," the anthemic single that leapt off this album in the summer of '68 (heavy-metal thunder, indeed), is one of the most overexposed songs in rock history, famous as much for its inclusion on the soundtrack of the hippie epic "Easy Rider" as for its inclusion on the soundtrack to that film's parodic Yuppie twin "Lost in America." So you may have to take it on faith that both single and album were among the year's biggest breaths of fresh air. The first roots-rock, neo-classic signs -- before Dylan's NASHVILLE SKYLINE or the Beatles' WHITE ALBUM -- that psychedelia might be choking on its own whimsy and pretension, STEPPENWOLF proved that three-chords-and-a-cloud-of-dust verities might be the way to go instead. A first-rate blues band gone Hollywood hard rock, Steppenwolf (fronted by perpetually sunglassed singer-guitarist John Kay) were capable of revving up Chuck Berry to alarming speeds, delivering convincing Muddy Waters covers, and writing concise dollops of what we would now call power pop -- which is in fact the mix you find on this still highly exciting debut album. Ignore those who claim these guys invented the phrase "heavy-metal thunder," however -- as usual, William S. Burroughs did it first...S. Simels

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01 Sookie Sookie 3:09
02 Everybody's Next One 2:53
03 Berry Rides Again 2:45
04 Hoochie Coochie Man 5:07
05 Born to Be Wild 3:28
06 Your Wall's Too High 5:40
07 Desperation 5:35
08 The Pusher 5:43
09 A Girl I Knew 2:39
10 Take What You Need 3:28
11 The Ostrich 5:43


steve said...

what a great find here, I was looking at your list and thinking, I have all these bands and most of these albums then I click and I see that most are special editions, remasters, gold discs, bonus tracks galore. and this is a girl that knows all this great music. Im impressed your the girl of my dreams

jota said...

subidon, subidon, born to be wild!!