Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf song)

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"Magic Carpet Ride"
Single by Steppenwolf
from the album The Second
B-side "Sookie Sookie"
Released September 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Hard rock, acid rock, psychedelic rock
Length 4:25 (album version)
2:55 (single version)
3:25 (Philip Steir remix)
Label ABC Dunhill
Writer(s) Rushton Moreve, John Kay
Producer(s) Gabriel Mekler
The Second track listing
"Magic Carpet Ride"
"Disappointment Number (Unknown)"

"Magic Carpet Ride" is a rock song written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve from the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf. The song was initially released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was the lead single from that album, peaking at No. 3 in the US, and staying in the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.[1]

The single version differs noticeably from the album version with a different vocal take by Kay used for the first verse of the song and differing instrumental balances. The single version is also much shorter than the album version, with a running time of 2 minutes and 55 seconds (the album version is 4 minutes and 25 seconds long).

The lyrics "I like to dream, right between my sound machine" were inspired by a hi-fi home stereo system John Kay bought with royalties from his first album.[citation needed]

In 1988, the band rerecorded the song with the hip hop group (and DJ) Grandmaster Flash. The track appeared on his and the Furious Five reunion album On the Strength.

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  1. ^ Steppenwolf - Chart history, Retrieved January 25, 2014.

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