Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf album)
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|Released||January 29, 1968|
(The studio was first in Hollywood, then Studio City, then Calabasas, it is now a home studio.)
|Singles from Steppenwolf|
|The Daily Vault||B+|
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 a silver "foil", in contrast to later (MCA Records) LP issues and the modern CD sleeve in which it is replaced by off 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.
Early editions of the "silver foil background" version credit "Mars Bondfire" with writing "Born to be Wild" on both the LP label and the back of the LP cover.
Following the success of "Born to Be Wild", later releases had a black box on the cover with the wording: "Contains The Hit "Born to Be Wild". The earliest 1968 versions of the album did not have this.
|1.||"Sookie Sookie"||Don Covay, Steve Cropper||3:12|
|2.||"Everybody's Next One"||John Kay, Gabriel Mekler||2:53|
|3.||"Berry Rides Again"||Kay||2:45|
|4.||"Hootchie Kootchie Man"||Willie Dixon||5:07|
|5.||"Born to Be Wild"||Mars Bonfire||3:28|
|6.||"Your Wall's Too High"||Kay||5:40|
|8.||"The Pusher"||Hoyt Axton||5:43|
|9.||"A Girl I Knew"||Kay, Morgan Cavett||2:39|
|10.||"Take What You Need"||Kay, Mekler||3:28|
- John Kay – lead vocals, guitars, harmonica
- Michael Monarch – guitars, backing vocals
- Goldy McJohn – Hammond organ, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
- Rushton Moreve – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Jerry Edmonton – drums, backing vocals, percussion
- Gabriel Mekler – producer
- Bill Cooper – engineer
- Richard Podolor – engineer
- Gary Burden – art direction, cover design
- Tom Gundelfinger – photography
- Henry Diltz – photography
Album - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1968||"Born to Be Wild"||Billboard Hot 100||2|
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