|Studio album by Steppenwolf|
|Recorded||1968 at American Recording Co.|
|Genre||Rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock|
|Singles from The Second|
|Rolling Stone||(favorable) |
The Second is the second studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf, released in 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records. The album contains one of Steppenwolf's most famous songs, "Magic Carpet Ride". The background of the original ABC LP cover was a shiny "foil", in contrast to later (MCA Records) LP issues and the modern CD sleeve.
Featuring a style that incorporates psychedelic music and hard rock, the release has received critical acclaim both when it came out as well as in later years. For example, Allmusic critic Bruce Eder stated that, though "highly derivative" of their first album, The Second had "very hard and edgy" tracks with the band "in excellent form".
The five tracks on Side Two after "Magic Carpet Ride" consist of a continuous medley.
All tracks composed by John Kay, except where indicated.
- "Faster Than the Speed of Life" (Mars Bonfire) – 3:10
- "Tighten Up Your Wig" – 3:06
- "None of Your Doing" (Kay, Gabriel Mekler) – 2:50
- "Spiritual Fantasy" – 3:39
- "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" – 5:43
- "28" (Mekler) – 3:12
- "Magic Carpet Ride" (Kay, Rushton Moreve) – 4:30
- "Disappointment Number (Unknown)" – 4:52
- "Lost and Found by Trial and Error" – 2:07
- "Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie" - 2:48
- "Resurrection" – 2:52
- "Reflections" (Kay, Mekler) – 0:43
- John Kay - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
- Michael Monarch - lead guitar
- Goldy McJohn - organ, piano
- Rushton Moreve - bass
- Jerry Edmonton - drums, backing vocals
- Gabriel Mekler - producer
- Bill Cooper - engineer
- Richard Podolor - engineer
|US Billboard Top Pop Albums||3|
- Butcher, David (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.