|Live album by Steppenwolf|
|Recorded||May 14, 1967|
|Genre||Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock|
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.
Prior to the formation of the Steppenwolf partnership in 1968, music producer arranger, Gabriel Mekler changed the name of the band based on a book he was reading at the time by Hermann Hess. 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 .
- "Power Play" (John Kay) – 2:55
- "Howlin' for My Darlin'" (Dixon, Howlin' Wolf) – 4:53
- "I'm Going Upstairs" (Hooker) – 7:14
- "Corina, Corina" (Arranged and adapted by Kay) – 3:54
- "Tighten up Your Wig" (Kay) – 3:14
- "The Pusher" (Hoyt Axton) – 21:27
- John Kay - guitar, vocals, liner notes
- Mars Bonfire - guitar
- Goldie McJohn - keyboards, organ
- Nick St. Nicholas - band leader, bass guitar, backing vocals
- Jerry Edmonton - drums
- Peter Abram - producer
- David Travis - engineer
- "Steppenwolf - Early Steppenwolf". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- Nicholas Kassbaum, Aka Nick St. Nicholas, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Steppenwolf Productions, Inc.; Steppenwolf, Inc.; Joachim Fritz Kreudeldat, Aka John Kay, Defendants-appellees, 236 F.3d 487 (9th Cir. 2000), 9th Circuit
- "Early Steppenwolf - CD (out of Print)". steppenwolf.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
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