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5.0 out of 5 stars Discover that Steppenwolf sounds much better LIVE
"Steppenwolf Live" is one of those albums from my youth that I waited eagerly to have released on CD. Recorded live at various concerts during early 1970, this is a rare live album where the songs tend to sound way better than they do in the studio versions, mainly because he group certainly takes full advantage of making every song longer than what you will find on the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old Hat
I love a lot of late sixties and early seventies rock but this is really pedestrian and very disappointing. You're more likely to here this sort of music played better at a pub rock gig. Slade's live version of Born to Wild knocks the socks off the version here. Avoid.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover that Steppenwolf sounds much better LIVE, 16 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
"Steppenwolf Live" is one of those albums from my youth that I waited eagerly to have released on CD. Recorded live at various concerts during early 1970, this is a rare live album where the songs tend to sound way better than they do in the studio versions, mainly because he group certainly takes full advantage of making every song longer than what you will find on the original albums. The showpiece of the album is the 9:56 version of "Monster," which crackles with energy and puts the studio version to shame. My favorites on this "double album" have always been the group's lesser known songs such as "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam," "Power Play" and "The Pusher." The only track that does not come off well is "Magic Carpet Ride," but Steppenwolf more than makes up for that with their powerhouse finale version of the classic "Born to be Wild." Many of the tracks benefit from extended keyboard work by Goldy McJohn (e.g., "From Here to There Eventually") and it is clear that John Kay is one of those singers who sounds better working with a live audience. Bottom line: I listen to this live album a lot more than I do the group's "Greatest Hits" CD. Bet you end up doing that too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Chill-Out Album, 20 May 2001
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This album is a must to have in your collection if your an old hippy. For someone who was only born in the late sixties and owns some seriously heavy metal albums, even I can appreciate it's fantastic mellow tones. Apart from the fantastic "Born to be Wild" track which became the anthem for all bikers and the psychedelic "Magic Carpet Ride" the ultimate "easy listening" song for me is "Corrina Corrina" - a truly beautiful song to unwind to. Each song gives you a flavour of what it must have been like to live in America in the sixties with such issues as the Vietnam War and the protest marches. After listening to this album I can assure you that you will understand and believe in the slogan "Make Love not War".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Wolf Bites, 5 Feb 2007
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Steppenwold Live was recorded on the band's tour in 1970, promoting the album Monster. So, logically, it features a number of songs that appear on the Monster album - Monster, From Here to There and Draft Resister.

I would agree with the other reviewer that Steppenwolf were an electric band live, so what you get here aren't boring re-treads of the ablum versions, but something a bit edgier, something a bit more exciting.

The album also features classic cuts, so of course Born to be Wild and Magic Carpet Ride are there. But what recordings! Both feature amazing guitarwork and lead to incendiary endings; far surpassing, in my view, their studio counterparts.

The album also picks up some less well known songs - songs like Corinna Corinna, Power Play and Twisted; all 3 of which date back to pre-Steppenwolf days, when the band was still called The Sparrow and played a bunch of blues, r'n'b and folk covers. (If you want to hear The Sparrow check out the compilation of their work on Early Steppenwolf which was actually recorded by Sparrow at the Matrix, but later released as a Steppenwolf recording).

Add to all this, John Kay's 60s ernest musings about dope and the Vietnam War between tracks, and there you have it.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Old Hat, 28 Jun 2007
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Tekniq (Beckenham, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I love a lot of late sixties and early seventies rock but this is really pedestrian and very disappointing. You're more likely to here this sort of music played better at a pub rock gig. Slade's live version of Born to Wild knocks the socks off the version here. Avoid.
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