1970's

Hour Of The Wolf - CD


By this time Jerry Edmonton (our drummer) had taken over the art direction and started working with a photographer named Lori Sullivan. Together they created the “Hour Of The Wolf” album artwork. Once again we recorded at my studio but the record was mixed by Roy Halee who some of us had worked with during our days with “The Sparrow”. Roy, who is a renowned engineer, gave the album it’s full and varied sound. “Mr. Penny Pincher” and “Another’s Lifetime” were fine songs and I also like the way “Someone Told A Lie” turned out while Mars Bonfire (of Born to be Wild fame) contributed a timely new tune called “Caroline, Are You Ready For The Outlaw World”. That track also featured Tom Scott playing a burning sax solo through a leslie. Overall the album was less raw and bluesy then some previous Wolf efforts but it showed some of our other musical sides to good advantage. Unfortunately our label “Mums Records” folded just when this album was released and so it was more or less ignored by Epic who was Mums distributor.
Track List
1. CAROLINE (ARE YOU READY FOR THE OUTLAW WORLD) (M. Bonfire)
2. ANNIE ANNIE OVER (A. O'Day)
3. TWO FOR THE LOVE OF ONE (G. Biondo/J. Edmonton)
4. JUST FOR TONIGHT (B. Cochran/J. Edmonton)
5. HARD ROCK ROAD (J. Edmonton)
6. SOMEONE TOLD A LIE (J. Kay/B. Cochran/J. Edmonton)
7. ANOTHER'S LIFETIME (W. Berry)
8. MR. PENNY PINCHER (V. Dunson)
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Hour Of The Wolf - CD
Hour Of The Wolf - CD

Hour Of The Wolf - CD

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1975-Imported. Now finally available on CD. This release is one of their best from the ’70s. Features “Caroline (Are You Ready For The Outlaw World),” with its searing sax solo by Tom Scott among other highlights. Other songs: Annie Annie Over, Two For The Love Of One, Just For Tonight, Hard Rock Road, Someone Told A Lie, Another’s Lifetime, Mr. Penny Pincher.

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Monster - CD

With “Monster” came a fresh burst of energy with the addition of Larry Byrom (who replaced Michael Monarch on lead guitar) and his “let’s get to it” attitude. In my opinion the monster album was a stronger effort than anything since the second album. However, time was once again our enemy which made it necessary that we recorded this project in an unusual fashion. The guys came up with one track after another while I was trying to keep up with my vocal parts and lyrics. Since this was supposed to be a concept album, I had to write within certain guidelines so that the lyrics fit within the concept. During the recording of this album and “7”, which was to follow, I spent most of my time at my studio sometimes until 3 or 4 in the morning, working on the melodies and lyrics. I would join the guys at American Recorders where they continued to come up with new tracks, whenever I was ready to overdub my finished vocal parts on one of the previously recorded basic tracks. On “From Here To There Eventually” and “Power Play” I also played guitar on the basic tracks. The somewhat unusual method of recording notwithstanding I was nevertheless excited each time the guys brought me a newly recorded instrumental track, since Larry and the guys came up with one great musical idea after another. Consequently, we were all pleased with the results.

Track List
1. MONSTER (J. Kay / J. Edmonton)
2. SUICIDE (J. Kay / N. St. Nicholas / L. Byrom/J. Edmonton)
3. AMERICA (J. Kay /J. Edmonton)
4. DRAFT RESISTER (J. Kay / G. McJohn / L. Byrom)
5. POWER PLAY (J. Kay)MOVE OVER (J. Kay / G. Mekler)
6. FAG (L. Byrom / N. St. Nicholas / J. Edmonton)
7. WHAT WOULD YOU DO (If I Did That To You) (L. Francen / N. Porter)
8. FROM HERE TO THERE EVENTUALLY (J. Kay / G. McJohn / J. Edmonton)

Monster - CD
Monster - CD

Monster - CD

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1970—One of the first concept albums of the '70s. A classic statement of those often turbulent times. Features the original ten-minute title cut and more. An essential disc in your 'Wolf collection. Songs: Monster/Suicide/America, Draft Resister, Power Play, Move Over, Fag, What Would You Do (If I Did That To You), From Here To There Eventually.

 

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Reborn to Be Wild - 1976 (out of print)

Track List
1. STRAIGHT SHOOTIN' WOMAN (J. Edmonton)
2. HARD ROCK ROAD (J. Edmonton)
3. ANOTHER'S LIFETIME (W. Berry)
4. MR. PENNY PINCHER (V. Dunson)
5. SMOKY FACTORY BLUES (A.Hammond / M. Hazelwood)
6. CAROLINE (ARE YOU READY FOR THE OUTLAW WORLD)(M. Bonfire)
7. GET INTO THE WIND (B. Cochran/C. Van Beek)
8. GANG WAR BLUES (J. Edmonton/J. Kay/K. Fowley/G. McJohn)
9. CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (J. Kay)
10. SKULLDUGGERY (B. Cochran)

Reborn to Be Wild - 1976 (out of print)
Reborn to Be Wild - 1976 (out of print)

Reborn to Be Wild - 1976 (out of print)

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Rest in Peace - 1972 (out of print)

Track List
1. DON'T STEP ON THE GRASS, SAM (J. Kay)
2. FOGGY MENTAL BREAKDOWN (J. Kay/L. Byrom)
3. EVERYBODY'S NEXT ONE(J. Kay/G. Mekler)
4. DESPERATION(J. Kay)
5. THE OSTRICH(J. Kay)
6. RENEGADE (J. Kay/G. Biondo/G. McJohn)
7. HIPPO STOMP (J. Kay/L. Byrom)
8. YOUR WALL'S TOO HIGH (J. Kay)
9. TAKE WHAT YOU NEED (J. Kay/G. Mekler)
10. NONE OF YOUR DOING(J. Kay/G. Mekler)

Rest in Peace - 1972 (out of print)
Rest in Peace - 1972 (out of print)

Rest in Peace - 1972 (out of print)

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SkullDuggery - CD

The recording of this album fulfilled our contractual obligations to Epic Records. While I found it difficult to find the motivation to write songs for an album that I felt was the musical equivalent of The Titanic, Bobby Cochran, our intrepid guitarist felt no such energy drop. No one worked harder to give the record life than he. His enthusiasm was infectious to the point that when we were finished I was surprised at the results. The title song as well as our versions of “Road Runner” , “Rock and Roll Song” and “Pass It On” are still some of my favorites.

Track list
1. SKULLDUGGERY (B. Cochran)
2. I'M A ROAD RUNNER (B. Holland/L. Dozier / E. Holland)
3. ROCK N' ROLL SONG (V. Horsdal)
4. TRAIN OF THOUGHT (A. O'Day)
5. LIFE IS A GAMBLE (B. Cochran / H. Garfield)
6. PASS IT ON (J. Watt)
7. SLEEP (G. Biondo)
8. LIP SERVICE (J. Edmonton / J. Kay / G. Biondo / W. Cook)

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Skullduggery - CD
Skullduggery - CD

Skullduggery - CD

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1976—Imported. The last of the three albums from the mid-’70s was recorded for Mums/Epic (now Sony) Records. This has only recently been re-released in Europe, attesting to the band’s continued popularity there. Songs: Skullduggery, (I’m A) Road Runner, Rock & Roll Song, Train Of Thought, Life Is A Gamble, Pass It On, Sleep, Lip Service.


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Slow Flux - CD

Not too long after the “My Sportin’ Life” album had come and gone, The Wolf played what was to be our farewell tour in Europe. Reunited after some months apart we were recharged. The tour proved quite successful and playing together was so much fun that we decided to record a new album. “Slow Flux” was the first project to be recorded in my studio in California (which by now had expanded into a full working studio). Bobby Cochran, (nephew of rock pioneer Eddie Cochran) had joined The Wolf on guitar and his high energy helped propel much of this album. Some of my favorites include “Straight Shootin Woman”, written by Jerry Edmonton (who with Tom Gundlefinger, created the album cover) “Children Of Night”, “Gang War Blues”, “Smokey Factory Blues” and “Fishing In The Dark”. Overall I thought the album was a good effort. The LP made the top 40 chart and while“Straight Shootin Woman” reached the top 20 singles chart, and so a new chapter of Steppenwolf (the 70’s) was born.

Track list
1. GANG WAR BLUES (J. Edmonton/J. Kay/K. Fowley/G. McJohn)
2. CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (J. Kay)
3. JUSTICE DON'T BE SLOW (J. Kay/J. Richie)
4. GET INTO THE WIND (B. Cochran/C. Van Beek)
5. JERABOAH (J. Conrad)
6. STRAIGHT SHOOTIN' WOMAN (J. Edmonton)
7. SMOKEY FACTORY BLUES (A. Hammond/M. Hazlewood)
8. MORNING BLUE (G. Biondo)
9. FOOL'S FANTASY (G. McJohn)
10. FISHIN' IN THE DARK (J. Kay)

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Slow Flux - CD
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Slow Flux - CD

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1974—Imported. Steppenwolf’s 1974 comeback album (after their Valentine’s Day, 1972 retirement announcement) that started a new era of Steppenwolf music. Unavailable in its entirety for many years, it contains the Top 40 hit “Straight Shootin’ Woman,” as well as the foretelling “Children of Night,” and “Gang War Blues.” Clamored for by fans since it went out of print, we are pleased to offer it once again. Other songs: Justice Don’t Be Slow, Get Into The Wind, Jeraboah, Smokey Factory Blues, Morning Blue, A Fool’s Fantasy, Fishin’ in The Dark.


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Steppenwolf 7 - CD

This album benefited greatly from Larry Byrom’s creative surge and contributions from George Biondo (who replaced Nick St. Nicholas on Bass). Larry and George had worked together in the group ‘T.I.M.E.” and were not only fine players but also excellent singers. We put their vocal talents to good use on the songs “Foggy Mental Breakdown”, “Who Needs Ya” and “Fat Jack” on which George also sang co-lead or solo. Those tracks as well as “Renegade” and “Hippo Stomp” were some of my favorites and featured some of Larry’s finest playing along with Jerry Edmonton’s imaginative arrangement ideas. I found that these tracks stimulated my lyric/melody writing and I was quite pleased with our finished collaboration. Since I was busy working on vocal parts for tracks the guys were laying down, I found myself playing guitar only on “40 Days and 40 Nights” and “Snowblind Friend”, however Larry more than picked up the slack in that department. During these sessions, I developed an ear infection and remember doing vocals with one ear out of commission. All in all “7” remains as one of my favorite Wolf albums to this day.

Track list
1. BALL CRUSHER (L. Byrom / J. Kay)
2. FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS (B.Roth)
3. FAT JACK (L. Byrom / G. Biondo)
4. RENGADE (L. Byrom / J. Kay)
5. FOGGY MENTAL BREAKDOWN (L. Byrom / J. Kay)
6. SNOW BLIND FRIEND (H.Axton)
7. WHO NEEDS YA (L. Byrom / J. Kay)
8.EARSCHPLITTENLOUDENBOOMER (L.Byrom)
9. HIPPO STOMP (L.Byrom / J. Kay)

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Back in stock after not being available for a few years. Once again you can enjoy the 1970 release of Ball Crusher, Forty Days and Forty Nights, Fat Jack, Renegade, Foggy Mental Breakdown, Snowblind Friend (which the band still plays today), Who Needs Ya, Earschplittenloudenboomer and Hippo Stomp.


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Steppenwolf Gold 1971 (out of print)
Steppenwolf Gold 1971

Side One:
1. Born to Be Wild
2. It's Never Been Too Late
3. Rock Me
4. Hey Lawdy Mama
5. Move Over
6.Who needs Ya

Side Two
1. Magic Carpet Ride
2.The Pusher
3. Sookie, Sookie
4. Jupiter's Child
5. Screaming Night Hog

Steppenwolf Gold 1971 (out of print)
Steppenwolf Gold 1971 (out of print)

Steppenwolf Gold 1971 (out of print)

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ABC/Dunhill Records DSX-50099
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Steppenwolf Live - CD

After the “Monster” album, The Wolf needed a breather from the constant studio recording activities. It was therefore decided that a live album was exactly what we needed. We recorded one of our concerts at the Santa Monica civic auditorium which was a benefit for the “Students Against The War In Cambodia Committee”. The resulting recordings had more material that would fit on one album but not enough to fill 2 disks. Consequently we recorded additional songs such as “Hey Lawdy Mama” “Corina Corina” and “Twisted” in the studio where we then (through the addition of canned applause) tried to integrate these extra cuts into the truly live tracks. While with hindsight, I wish we would have had the chance to record multiple concerts because then we would not have had to live or die with the results of only one performance, this album, nevertheless was very successful and still quite popular with many fans today.

Track List
1. SOOKIE SOOKIE (D. Covay / S. Cropper)
2. DON'T STEP ON THE GRASS SAM (J. Kay)
3. TIGHTEN UP YOUR WIG (J. Kay)
4. MONSTER (J. Kay/J. Edmonton)
5. DRAFT REGISTER (J. Kay/G. McJohn/L. Byrom)
6. POWER PLAY (J. Kay)CORINA 7. CORINA (Arranged and adapted by John Kay)
8. TWISTED (J. Kay)
9. FROM HERE TO THERE EVENTUALLY (J. Kay/G. McJohn/J. Edmonton)
10. HEY LAWDY MAMA (J. Kay/L. Byrom/J. Edmonton)
11. MAGIC CARPET RIDE (J. Kay/R. Moreve)
12. THE PUSHER (H. Axton
13. )BORN TO BE WILD (M. Bonfire)

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Steppenwolf Live - CD
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Steppenwolf Live - CD

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1970—The group's first live album, recorded in one night and originally released as a two recordset. It catches the band in excellent form and is a reminder of what a great live band Steppenwolf is. Still a favorite of many fans. Songs: Sookie Sookie, Don't Step On The Grass Sam, Tighten Up Your Wig, Monster, Draft Resister, Power Play, Corina Corina, Twisted, From Here To There Eventually, Hey Lawdy Mama, Magic Carpet Ride, The Pusher, Born To Be Wild.


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The ABC Collection - 1976 (out of print)

The ABC Collection is a 1976 greatest hits, album orf studio recordings by Steppenwolf, released by ABC Records after the band's second breakup. The label owned the band's early back catalog after acquiring Dunhill Records. This collection was released the same year as Reborn To Be Wild, a compilation album of the band's Epic Records catalog from the mid-1970s.

Track List
1. It's Never Too Late (St. Nicholas/Kay)
2. The Pusher (Axton)
3. Move Over (Kay/Mekler)
4. Sookie Sookie (Covay/Cropper)
5. Desperation (Kay)
6. Magic Carpet Ride (Moreve/Kay)
7 .Born to Be Wild (Bonfire)
8. Snowblind Friend (Axton)
9. Berry Rides Again (Kay)
10. Monster (Kay/Edmonton)
11. Hey Lawdy Mama (Kay/Byrom/Edmonton)
12. Rock Me (Kay)

The ABC Collection - 1976 (out of print)
The ABC Collection - 1976 (out of print)
The ABC Collection - 1976 (out of print)

The ABC Collection - 1976 (out of print)

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The ABC Collection is a 1976 greatest hits album of studio recordings by Steppenwolf, released by ABC Records after the band's second breakup. The label owned the band's early back catalog after acquiring Dunhill Records. This collection was released the same year as Reborn To Be Wild, a compilation album of the band's Epic Records catalog from the mid-1970s.

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