Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf album)

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Studio album by Steppenwolf
Released January 1968
Recorded Fall 1967 at American Recording Co. Studio, Studio City, California
Genre Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 46:10
Label ABC Dunhill
Producer Gabriel Mekler
Steppenwolf chronology
The Second
Singles from Steppenwolf
  1. "A Girl I Knew"/"The Ostrich"
    Released: 1967
  2. "Born to Be Wild"/"Everybody's Next One"
    Released: June 1968
  3. "The Pusher"/"Your Wall's Too High"
    Released: 1968
  4. "Sookie Sookie"/"Take What You Need"
    Released: 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone Positive [2]

Steppenwolf is the first studio album by American rock band Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records.

The album was a successful debut for the band, featuring the songs "Born to Be Wild", as well as "The Pusher", both of which were used in the 1969 film Easy Rider. "Berry Rides Again" is a tribute to guitarist Chuck Berry. The spelling of track #4 on the vinyl is "Hootchie Kootchie Man". The album credits say it was recorded at American Recording Company in Studio City, California; however, the actual name of the studio was American Recorders.

The background color of the original ABC LP cover was silver or "foil", in contrast to later (MCA Records) LP issues and the modern CD sleeve in which it is replaced by white. It is the only album by the band to have been released in both stereo and mono configurations. Although the latter is simply a 'fold down' of the stereo mix it is sought after as a collector's item.

The opening song "Sookie Sookie" managed to get past censors, who did not seem to gather that the title, as sung by lead vocalist John Kay was a disguised version of a vulgar expression.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Sookie Sookie" (Don Covay, Steve Cropper) –3:12
  2. "Everybody's Next One" (Kay, Gabriel Mekler) –2:53
  3. "Berry Rides Again" (Kay) –2:45
  4. "Hoochie Coochie Man" (Willie Dixon) –5:07
  5. "Born to Be Wild" (Mars Bonfire) –3:28
  6. "Your Wall's Too High" (Kay) –5:40

Side two[edit]

  1. "Desperation" (Kay) –5:45
  2. "The Pusher" (Hoyt Axton) –5:43
  3. "A Girl I Knew" (Morgan Cavett, Kay) –2:39
  4. "Take What You Need" (Kay, Gabriel Mekler) –3:28
  5. "The Ostrich" (Kay) –5:43



  • Gabriel Mekler: Producer.
  • Gary Burden: Cover design.
  • Tom Gundelfinger: Photography.
  • Bill Cooper: Engineer
  • Henry Diltz: Photography.
  • Richard Podolor: Engineer.


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1968 Rock Albums 6

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1968 "Born to Be Wild" Rock Singles 2


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Steppenwolf: Steppenwolf : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 27 April 1968. Retrieved 13 September 2012.