Early Steppenwolf

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Early Steppenwolf
Early Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf.jpg
Live album by Steppenwolf
Released July 1969
Recorded May 14, 1967
Venue The Matrix, San Francisco, CA
Genre Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 43:37
Label ABC Dunhill Records
Producer Peter Abram
Steppenwolf chronology
At Your Birthday Party
(1969)At Your Birthday Party1969
Early Steppenwolf

Early Steppenwolf is a collection of live recordings by Steppenwolf when they were still known as "The Sparrow" [nee: "The Sparrows"]. It was released in July 1969 on the ABC Dunhill Records label.[1]

Prior to the formation of the Steppenwolf partnership in 1968,[2] music producer arranger, Gabriel Mekler changed the name of the band based on a book he was reading at the time by Hermann Hesse. Nick St. Nicholas was one of the driving forces in music of the hippie counterculture movement, the Summer of Love, having booked the band at the Matrix club in the San Francisco Bay Area. On May 14, 1967, the manager of the Matrix club recorded two shows, including a 20-minute version of The Pusher. These are the live recordings released by ABC Dunhill Records as Early Steppenwolf .[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau C[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Power Play" (John Kay) – 2:55
  2. "Howlin' for My Darlin'" (Dixon, Howlin' Wolf) – 4:53
  3. "I'm Going Upstairs" (Hooker) – 7:14
  4. "Corina, Corina" (Arranged and adapted by Kay) – 3:54
  5. "Tighten up Your Wig" (Kay) – 3:14
  6. "The Pusher" (Hoyt Axton) – 21:27