For Ladies Only

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For Ladies Only
SteppenwolfForLadiesOnly.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1971
RecordedNovember 24, 1970 - May 30, 1971
StudioAmerican Recording Studios, Studio City, CA
GenreRock
Length45:19
LabelDunhill
ProducerRichard 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: July, 1971
  2. "For Ladies Only"/"Sparkle Eyes"
    Released: October, 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]

For Ladies Only is the sixth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in November 1971, by Dunhill Records. 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.[4]

Lead guitarist Kent Henry from Blues Image, replaced Larry Byrom prior to recording this album. The album was Steppenwolf's last of new material released prior to the band's initial breakup in February 1972.

Reception[edit]

The album charted at number 54 on the Billboard 200. The album was not well received by reviewers with Robert Christgau writing "These fellows certainly have lost their hip aura..."[5] AllMusic's Joe Viglione writes "In retrospect, For Ladies Only remains a neat artifact of a band who might've been called on to create too much too soon."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."For Ladies Only"Jerry Edmonton, Kent Henry, John Kay, Goldy McJohn9:13
2."I'm Asking"Edmonton, McJohn4:25
3."Shackles and Chains"Kay4:57
4."Tenderness"Mars Bonfire4:51
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Night Time's for You"Bonfire, Morgan Cavett2:56
2."Jaded Strumpet"Edmonton4:40
3."Sparkle Eyes"George Biondo, Kay4:29
4."Black Pit"Henry, McJohn3:46
5."Ride With Me"Bonfire3:15
6."In Hopes of a Garden"Biondo2:01
The LP jacket was of the gatefold type. Outside of the unfolded jacket, front side to the right
Inside the gatefold

Personnel[edit]

Steppenwolf[edit]

Technical[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard 200 54

Singles - Billboard (United States)[4]

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "For Ladies Only" Billboard Hot 100 64
1971 "Ride With Me" Billboard Hot 100 52

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b For Ladies Only at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 13, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Album review, Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ a b Steppenwolf USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau Review - For Ladies Only". Retrieved September 4, 2017.