The Second

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The Second
Studio album by Steppenwolf
Released October 1968
Recorded 1968
Studio American Recording Co., Studio City, CA
Genre Hard rock, psychedelia, blues[1]
Length 40:25
Label ABC Dunhill
Producer Gabriel Mekler
Steppenwolf chronology
The Second
At Your Birthday Party
(1969)At Your Birthday Party1969
Singles from The Second
  1. "Magic Carpet Ride"
    Released: September 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]

The Second is the second studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf, released in October 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".[1]

The five tracks on Side Two after "Magic Carpet Ride" consist of a continuous medley.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Kay, except where indicated.

Side one
  1. "Faster Than the Speed of Life" (Mars Bonfire) – 3:10
  2. "Tighten Up Your Wig" – 3:06
  3. "None of Your Doing" (Kay, Gabriel Mekler) – 2:50
  4. "Spiritual Fantasy" – 3:39
  5. "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" – 5:43
Side two
  1. "28" (Mekler) – 3:12
  2. "Magic Carpet Ride" (Kay, Rushton Moreve) – 4:30
  3. "Disappointment Number (Unknown)" – 4:52
  4. "Lost and Found by Trial and Error" – 2:07
  5. "Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie" - 2:48
  6. "Resurrection" – 2:52
  7. "Reflections" (Kay, Mekler) – 0:43





Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard 200 3[3]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1968 "Magic Carpet Ride" Hot 100 2[4]


  1. ^ a b c Bruce Eder. "Steppenwolf the Second - Steppenwolf". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  2. ^ Butcher, David (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. 
  3. ^ "Billboard 200 - Steppenwolf". Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Steppenwolf". Retrieved September 1, 2017. 

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