Monster (Steppenwolf album)
|Studio album by Steppenwolf|
|Recorded||1969 at American Recording Co. Studio, Studio City, California|
|Genre||Hard rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock|
|Singles from Monster|
Monster is the fifth album by Steppenwolf. Released in 1969, it was their first LP with new lead guitarist, Larry Byrom instead of Michael Monarch. The album was Steppenwolf's most political one, making references to important issues at the time, such as the Vietnam War.
The album was the first Steppenwolf album not to feature a US top ten hit, though two singles from the album cracked the top 40: "Move Over" and "Monster".
|Rolling Stone||(unfavorable) |
Reviews for Monster have generally been negative. Rolling Stone commented that the playing of the individual performers is "top-notch", but that "Their arrangements have become sloppy and crude, as the early-Zappa lyrics continuously clash with the music."
Allmusic panned the album in their retrospective review, remarking that "these lumbering hard rock tunes were not an effective means to address [important political topics], politically or musically."
On the other hand, rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album praise. Christgau gave the album a B+ rating and called it "an excellent comeback", though he thought the preachy lyrics marred somewhat the final result.
- "Monster" (John Kay, Jerry Edmonton)/"Suicide" (Kay, Nick St. Nicholas, Byrom, Edmonton)/"America" (Kay, Edmonton) – 9:15
- "Draft Resister" (Kay, Goldy McJohn, Byrom) – 3:20
- "Power Play" (Kay) – 5:26
- "Move Over" (Kay, Mekler) – 2:53
- "Fag" (Byrom, Edmonton, St. Nicholas) – 3:13
- "What Would You Do (If I Did That to You)" (Francen, Porter) – 3:19
- "From Here to There Eventually" (Kay, McJohn, Edmonton) – 5:27
- Gabriel Mekler - producer
- John Kay - Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar
- Jerry Edmonton - Drums
- Goldie McJohn - Keyboards
- Nick St. Nicholas - Bass
- Larry Byrom - Lead Guitar
- Bill Cooper - engineer
- Richard Podolor - engineer
Album - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1969||"Move Over"||Pop Singles||31|