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Steppenwolf - Second (1999) Retail CD
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-organmore… 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 the double-CD set that puts them together makes a lot of sense. My problem with these early Steppenwolf albums remains the same idiosyncratic caveat it has always been. My first Steppenwolf album was "Steppenwolf Live," which was essentially a greatest hits album, and it is one of my favorite all-time live albums (even if it is a "faux" one produced in the studio). The energy and drive on that album just makes those same songs on these first couple of albums suffer in comparison. The two mega-hits hold up the best, but once you hear that double-album the rest of your Steppenwolf collection is going to get less play.
|1||Faster Than the Speed of Life|
|2||Tighten up Your Wig|
|3||None of Your Doing|
|5||Don't Step on the Grass, Sam|
|7||Magic Carpet Ride|
|8||Disappointment Number (Unknown)|
|9||Lost and Found by Trial and Error|
|10||Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie|
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