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Steppenwolf / Steppenwolf The Second [Original recording remastered]

Steppenwolf Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B00000IO68
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sookie Sookie Steppenwolf
2. Everybody's Next One Steppenwolf
3. Berry Rides Again Steppenwolf
4. Hootchie Kootchie Man Steppenwolf
5. Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
6. Your Wall's Too High Steppenwolf
7. Desperation Steppenwolf
8. The Pusher Steppenwolf
9. A Girl I Knew Steppenwolf
10. Take What You Need Steppenwolf
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Faster Than The Speed Of Life Steppenwolf The Second
2. Tighten Up Your Wig Steppenwolf The Second
3. None Of Your Doing Steppenwolf The Second
4. Spiritual Fantasy Steppenwolf The Second
5. Don't Step On The Grass, Sam Steppenwolf The Second
6. 28 Steppenwolf The Second
7. Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf The Second
8. Disappointment Number Steppenwolf The Second;(UNKNOWN)
9. Lost And Found By Trial And Error Steppenwolf The Second
10. Hodge, Podge, Strained Through A Leslie Steppenwolf The Second
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Product Description

The centrepiece of 'Steppenwolf The Second' is 'Magic Carpet Ride', a Kay/Moreve composition which was released as a single, and is second only to 'Born To Be Wild' as the song most associated with the band by the public. 'Born To Be Wild' was featured heavily in a Ford Cougar advert; this has Dennis Hopper driving the new car as an old man, gazing into the eyes of himself – his young alter-ego, riding the chopper from the film 'Easy Rider'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than Born to be Wild!! 6 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Looking at this CD the word 'bargain' springs to mind...

Collected here are Steppenwolf's first 2 albums, and they make a great pair.

Steppenwolf, their debut album, is a fantastic album. It was recorded on basic equipment and for little money, but stands the test of time beautifully. It's loud and raw and captures the energy of the young band perfectly.

Everyone has heard Born to be Wild, a song written by the band's ex-guitarist Dennis Edmonton (aka Mars Bonfire). But the album has far more to offer than this classic biker song...

Sookie Sookie (another single) and the Ostrich continue the upbeat hard driving sound of Born to be Wild. Other songs like Desperation (covered by Humble Pie), Hoochie Coochie Man and Your Walls' Too High and The Pusher are slower songs, but equally powerful, with some nice organ textures. Lighter fare is found in A Girl I Knew and Everyone's Next One, a couple of - dare I say - pop numbers, that are cute if slightly out of place here. Berry Rides Again is the band's recreation of a Chuck Berry number, the lyrics cleverly referring to all manner of Berry songs..

Well, fame found the band with the release of the debut album and Born to be Wild, so they returned to the studio only months later to record the follow-up entitled 'The Second...'

Now, there are those who would say that The Second was rushed, and a bit patchy. There's perhaps some truth in that but to me it's still a strong album. The album kicks off with Faster than the Speed of Life, another punchy Mars Bonfire-penned song, and other highlights I'd recommend are Magic Carpet Ride (of course), Tighten Up Your Wig (a re-write of Junior Wells' Messin With the Kid) and Don't Step on the Grass, Sam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 3 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is a grower,it is in the glove compartment of my car, ready to be taken out every time i drive somwhere. Quite a surprise for me, i kind of underestimated them,there is much more than just born to be wild.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steppenwolf - 'Steppenwolf / The Second' (Beat Goes On) 8 April 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Band's first two lp's on a 2-CD reissue, both from 1968. Right from the original master tapes, with great sound quality. Timeless album rock. Many great Steppenwolf tracks are included here, like "Sookie Sookie", "Berry Rides Again", the FM staple "Born To Be Wild", the unforgettable "The Pusher" (my personal Steppenwolf favorite), "Don't Step On The Grass, Sam", "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Hodge, Podge, Strained Through A Leslie". Ever notice how previously mentioned "Born To Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride" often get played on classic rock, metal AND oldie stations? There aren't many bands that get that treatment. A should-have.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Needs to be in stores, though. 28 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Steppenwolf is a great and talented band. This CD has all 8 of my favorite songs on it: Sookie Sookie, Berry Rides Again, Faster than the Speed of Life, Born to be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Don't Step on the Grass, Sam, Tighten Up Your Wig, and Hoochie Koochie Man. I mean, I've got all these songs on audio cassette (Magic Carpet Ride is the title of this album--why doesn't it ever go on CD?), but they're never all on one CD... Until now. Thank you, whoever produced this CD!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first two Steppenwolf albums on a single CD 26 Mar 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All you have to do is listen to these first two albums from Steppenwolf to realize there were more than a one-hit wonder. Steppenwolf's 1968 self-title debut album made it to #6 on the Billboard Charts mainly on the strength of one song, "Born to Be Wild," which only made it to #2 on the singles chart, but which achieved immortality as the song identified with the film "Easy Rider." Given that was the other way to get "Born to Be Wild" back then, having this album get to #6 was pretty good. But then since the title of the song was placed conspicuously on the cover of this album and because the group's name was taken by a classy novel by Hermann Hesse, it was proably easier for kids to bring this album home that the soundtrack for the first notorious film about the drug culture.
Actually "Born to Be Wild" was the third single from this album, following "The Girl I Knew" and "Sookie Sookie," but neither of those made a dent in the charts and "Born to Be Wild" exploded on the national consciousness. You can make the argument that the phrase "heavy metal" comes from this song, which was written by Dennis Edmonton, brother of drummer Jerry Edmonton and former band member, under the pseudonym Mars Bonfire. Originally the song was slower and more of a ballad, but then somebody came up with that thundering opening guitar riff and the rest was music history. We are thirty-five years down the road and this is still THE biker anthem of all-time.
Fortunately "Born to Be Wild" comes in the middle of the album (penultimate track on side one) so that listeners had the opportunity to notice Steppenwolf did other songs. However, on this debut effort the best ones are not written by bad members, with the cover of Don Covay's "Sookie, Sookie," Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man," and the riveting take on Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher." These last two tracks are over five minutes long, unusual for the time, and along with the emphasize on blues on this album suggests more in common with the early days of Led Zeppelin than you would have thought at first glimpse. "Everybody's Next One" is probably the best of the original tunes by John Kay, usually working in collaboration with someone else (producer Gabriel Mekler in this case), the song sounding like a British Invasion tune but with a harder edge. But there is enough sub-par efforts here to keep this from being a really great debut album. Instead "Steppenwolf" provides a solid basis for the group to build on as their first big hit disappears into the rearview mirror.

If "Born to Wild" is the ultimate biker anthem then Steppenwolf's next hit, "Magic Carpet Ride," tries to achieve the same prominence as a psychedelic dance number. The song made it to #3 on the Billboard charts and got the "Steppenwolf the Second" album to the same position on the album chart. This 1969 album follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, although there is clearly a bit less of the blues this time around thrown into the hard rock mix. There is even an acoustic track, "Spiritual Fantasy," which does seem a bit out of place, especially compared to the funky guitar-organ groove of "Magic Carpet Ride."
At this point the focal points of the group are clearly John Kay on vocals and guitar and the underappreciated Goldy McJohn wrecking serious havoc with his keyboard playing. The biggest difference between the first pair of Steppenwolf albums is that this time Kay is writing the best songs on the album, with "Tighten Up Your Wig" and "Don't Step on the Grass Sam" (complete with the drug bust at the end of the song), being the best of the rest after "Magic Carpet Ride," which also has some of the most interesting lyrics penned by Kay. Overall, the top is not as high but the bottom is not as low for this second album, so they grade out about the same, which is why this double-CD set makes a lot of sense. .
3.0 out of 5 stars netral 14 Jun 2014
By D. Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got it in and it sounds OK. Not horrible as one reviewer indicated and not CD-Rs but a couple of things puzzle me. No where is it stated that this is remastered in the CD info. Not the material that comes with the CDs or the BGO Records website and the thing that really puzzles me is that the CD info does state that the product is AAD. I don't see how this could be a remaster since it AAD. Just my thoughts.... I just bought Gold to compare with this since folks have a high opinion of the sound quality for that release to compare to this. So OK sound but I have my doubt the remastered part as listed on Amazon.
1.0 out of 5 stars Fine Notes, But This is a Pair of CD-Rs That Sound TERRIBLE 27 Sep 2013
By Bruce Eder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
BGO is a label that has done some excellent work, but this double CD set is a disappointment where it should matter most -- the music. The annotation is fine, even great, and the packaging is handsome. But at the time this set was initially released, the label had apparently decided to go to issuing CD-Rs on some of its vintage music reissues, and so this set, as opened, contained two burned CD-Rs, albeit with proper label art etc. That wouldn't have been so bad, but the sound, at least on the first disc, was also noisy and crackly, quite uncommon for this company. A big disappointment, overall, especially given the premium price.
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