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All Time Greatest Hits - CD


Digitally remastered utilizing state of the art technology. This is the best, most comprehensive single disk compilation of Steppenwolfs’ musical history so far. Its 18 selections capture most of the high points through 1974. Excellent liner notes and archival photos etc, round out this first rate release by MCA Records.

Track List
1. BORN TO BE WILD (Mars Bonfire)
2. MAGIC CARPET RIDE (J. Kay/R. Moreve)
3. SOOKIE SOOKIE (D.Covay/S.Cropper)
4. DON'T STEP ON THE GRASS SAM (J.Kay)
5. THE PUSHER (H. Axton)
6. ROCK ME (J.Kay)
7. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE (J.Kay/N.St.Nicholas)
8. JUPITER'S CHILD (J. Kay/J. Edmonton/M. Monarch)
9. HEY LAWDY MAMA (J.Kay/L.Byrom/J.Edmonton)
10. SNOWBLIND FRIEND (H. Axton)
11. MOVE OVER (J. Kay/G. Mekler)
12.TENDERNESS (M. Bonfire)
13. WHO NEEDS YA (J. Kay/L. Byrom)
14. RIDE WITH ME (M. Bonfire)
15. FOR LADIES ONLY (J. Kay/J. Edmonton/K. Henry/G. McJohn)
16. SCREAMING NIGHT HOG (J. Kay)
17. MONSTER-SUICIDE-AMERICA (J.Kay/J.Edmonton-J.Kay/N. St. Nicholas/L.Byrom/J.Edmonton-J.Kay/J.Edmonton)
18. STRAIGHT SHOOTIN' WOMAN (Jerry Edmonton)

All Time Greatest Hits - CD
All Time Greatest Hits - CD

All Time Greatest Hits - CD

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1999-MCA records release a new compilation CD called “Steppenwolf - All-Time Greatest Hits”. This release replaces the “16 Greatest Hits” collection, which is no longer in print. All the songs on this 18 track CD have been remastered, and the package includes new artwork, graphics, and liner notes.

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John Kay & Company: The Lost Heritage Tapes (CD)

In 1976 Morgan Cavett and I produced these recordings, which were shelved and forgotten until the 90’s when they were rediscovered during the move to my new studio in Tennessee. Some of these songs were re-recorded in Muscle Shoals in ’78 on my “All In Good Time” album but with different musicians. What makes “Heritage Tapes” special to me is not only some of the previously unreleased material but also the contributions made by the fine musicians (Lowell George and Bill Payne of Little Feat, Nicky Hopkins, Jim Gordon, The Tower of Power Horns as well as Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton and others) several of whom are no long with us. Their mix of various styles combined with a broad range of songs resulted in this album of diverse musical textures and contrasts. Some of my favorites include “Business is Business,” “Captain of Your Destiny “,” Nothing But” and “Hurricane Maryann” among others.

Track List
1. DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS (J. Kay)
2. BUSINESS IS BUSINESS (J. Kay)
3. CAPTAIN OF YOUR DESTINY (M. Cavett/J. Kay)
4. LIVE YOUR LIFE (J. Kay)
5. SWEET MEMORIES (J. Kay)
6. NOTHING BUT (J. Kay)
7. HEY I'M ALRIGHT (J. Kay)
8. SOUND OF THE CROWD (J. Kay)
9. YOU'VE HAD YOUR FUN (J. Kay/M. Palmer/S. Palmer)
10. HURRICANE MARYANN (J. Kay/M. Palmer/S. Palmer/W. Dee)

John Kay & Company: The Lost Heritage Tapes (CD)
John Kay & Company: The Lost Heritage Tapes (CD)

John Kay & Company: The Lost Heritage Tapes (CD)

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1997—This John Kay solo release was recorded in 1976 but was shelved and forgotten due to changes in record label affiliation. Now available for the first time, it features guest performances by Lowell George & Bill Payne (of Little Feat), Nicky Hopkins, and the Tower of Power Horns, among others. A mix of various styles and a broad range of songs make this record unusually rich in musical textures and contrasts. Songs: Down In New Orleans, Business is Business, Captain of Your Destiny, Live Your Life, Sweet Memories, Nothing But, Hey I’m Alright, Sound Of The Crowd, You’ve Had Your Fun, Hurricane Maryann.


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Rise and Shine - CD

This is my favorite Wolf album since Steppenwolf 7. Recorded at my new studio in Tennessee, it contains some of the best material written by the team of Michael Wilk, keyboards, Rocket Ritchotte, guitar, and myself. For me two standouts are “Rock and Roll War” which was to become a favorite of many Vietnam vets, and “The Wall” a song near and dear to me because of my early years behind the iron curtain. Both benefited from Rocket’s soaring guitar lines and Michaels’ imaginative keyboard work. Others include the title cut as well as “Do or Die”, “Sign on The Line” and “The Daily Blues”, although there isn’t a single dud on the on the whole album as far as I’m concerned. Overall the record conveyed the optimism and enthusiasm that we felt about our partnership with our new label IRS. Unfortunately IRS decided to switch distributors in the midst of “Rise & Shine’s” release and shortly thereafter sold the label altogether. Naturally we were disappointed under the circumstances, but that does not change the fact that it is one of our better records and that many fans who have discovered it agree.

Track List
1. LET'S DO IT ALL (J. Kay / R. Ritchotte / M. Wilk)
2. TIME OUT (J. Kay / R. Ritchotte / M. Wilk)
3. DO OR DIE (J. Kay / M. Wilk)
4. RISE AND SHINE (J. Kay / M. Wilk)
5. THE WALL (J. Kay/M. Wilk/R. Ritchotte)
6. THE DAILY BLUES (J.Kay/R. Ritchotte/M.Wilk)
7. KEEP ROCKIN' (J. Kay / M. Wilk)
8. ROCK 'N ROLL WAR (J. Kay / M. Wilk / R. Ritchotte)
9. SIGN ON THE LINE (J. Kay / M. Wilk / R. Ritchotte)
10. WE LIKE IT WE LOVE IT (J. Kay / M. Wilk / R. Ritchotte)
11. LONELY DREAMERS (J. Kay / R. Ritchotte)
12. NOW AND FOREVER (J. Kay / M.Wilk / R. Ritchotte)

Rise and Shine - CD
Rise and Shine - CD

Rise and Shine - CD

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1990—Imported. One of The Wolf’s very best! Two of this CD’s high points are “The Wall,” John Kay’s powerful song about his childhood escape from Communist East Germany, and “Rock and Roll War,” the band’s moving tribute to the Vietnam Veterans. The album as a whole is marked by a feeling of rejuvenation and exuberance. This re-release also contains “Now and Forever” and “Lonely Dreamers,” two previously unreleased bonus cuts. Other songs: Let’s Do It All, Time Out, Do or Die, Rise and Shine, The Daily Blues, Keep Rockin’, Sign On The Line, We Like It We Love It.


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The Best of John Kay & Sparrow: Tighten Up Your Wig - 1993 (out of print)

Track list
1. TWISTED
2. GOIN’ TO CALIFORNIA
3. SQUARE HEADED PEOPLE
4. GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL
5. BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY
6. HOOCHIE KOOCHIE MAN
7. THE PUSHER
8. KING PIN
9. GOIN’ UPSTAIRS
10. BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
11. TOMORROW’S SHIP
12. ISN’T IT STRANGE
13. GOIN’ TO CALIFORNIA
14. TWISTED
15. GREEN BOTTLE LOVER
16. TIGHTEN UP YOUR WIG
17. TOO LATE
18. CAN’T MAKE LOVE BY YOURSELF

The Best of John Kay & Sparrow: Tighten Up Your Wig - 1993 (out of print)
The Best of John Kay & Sparrow: Tighten Up Your Wig - 1993 (out of print)

The Best of John Kay & Sparrow: Tighten Up Your Wig - 1993 (out of print)

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Released May 11, 1993 on Columbia Records. In 1969, while "Born to Be Wild" was the next big thing, Columbia decided to issue these recordings from 1967. Featuring Dennis Edmonton (better known as Mars Bonfire) and Nick St. Nicholas (who did not join Steppenwolf right off, but came in for the "Birthday Party" LP). Columbia issued only one single off of these tapes in 1967 and did not show interest in issuing anything else. These recordings show the group working out of a blues mold (on Kay's material), a little jazz (Jerry Edmonton sings on "King Pin"), pop ("Down Goes Your Love Life" with, surprisingly,Nick and Goldy McJohn singing!) and even a theremin used on "Green Bottle Lover". Mars Bonfire sings a few tracks ("Isn't It Strange" "Tomorrow's Ship" "Chasing Shadows"), John sings most, and Jerry gets in there. Very interesting to say the least.

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The Best Of Steppenwolf (20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection) - CD

Track List
1. Born To Be Wild
2. Magic Carpet Ride
3. It's Never Too Late
4. Rock Me
5. Snowblind Friend
6. Hey Lawdy Mama
7. Ride With Me
8. Move Over
9.Who Needs Ya
10. The Pusher

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The Best Of Steppenwolf (20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection) - CD
The Best Of Steppenwolf (20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection) - CD

The Best Of Steppenwolf (20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection) - CD

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Release Date: April 20, 1999
Label: MCA

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