For Ladies Only

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For Ladies Only
Studio album by Steppenwolf
Released November 1971
Recorded November 24, 1970 - May 30, 1971 at American Recording Studios
Genre Rock
Length 45:19
Label MCA original label: [Dunhill]
Producer Richard Podolor
Steppenwolf chronology
Steppenwolf 7
(1970)
For Ladies Only
(1971)
Gold: Their Great Hits
(1971)
Singles from For Ladies Only
  1. "Ride with Me"/"Black Pit"
    Released: 1971
  2. "For Ladies Only"/"Sparkle Eyes"
    Released: 1971

For Ladies Only is the sixth studio album by Steppenwolf, released in 1971. It is a political concept album mainly about feminism but with several more conventional songs about romance as well, both unusual themes for Steppenwolf. Some critics saw the album as sexist, citing the lyrics of the songs and a photo of a car shaped like a penis alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the gatefold. The album saw the band hinting toward the progressive rock movement that was popular at the time with more complex arrangements and sophisticated keyboard playing, particularly on the title track. Like their previous album, it was accompanied by two minor hit singles which fell just short of the Top 40.[1]

The album was Steppenwolf's last of new material released prior to the band's initial breakup in February 1972.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "For Ladies Only" (Jerry Edmonton, Kent Henry, John Kay, Goldy McJohn) – 9:13
  2. "I'm Asking" (Edmonton, McJohn) – 4:25
  3. "Shackles and Chains" (Kay) – 4:57
  4. "Tenderness" (Mars Bonfire) – 4:51

Side 2

  1. "The Night Time's for You (Bonfire, Morgan Cavett) – 2:56
  2. "Jaded Strumpet" (Edmonton) – 4:40
  3. "Sparkle Eyes" (George Biondo, Kay) – 4:29
  4. "Black Pit" (Henry, McJohn) – 3:46
  5. "Ride With Me" (Bonfire) – 3:15
  6. "In Hopes of a Garden" (Biondo) – 2:01
The LP jacket was of the gatefold type. Outside of the unfolded jacket, front side to the right
Inside the gatefold

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 54

Singles - Billboard (North America)[1]

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "For Ladies Only" Pop Singles 64
1971 "Ride With Me" Pop Singles 52

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steppenwolf USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  2. ^ For Ladies Only at AllMusic
  3. ^ Album review, Rolling Stone.