Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf album)

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ReleasedJanuary 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)
RecordedFall 1967
(The studio was first in Hollywood, then Studio City, then Calabasas, it is now a home studio.)
Label ABC Dunhill
Producer Gabriel Mekler
Steppenwolf chronology
The Second
Singles from Steppenwolf
  1. "A Girl I Knew"
    Released: October, 1967
  2. "Sookie Sookie"
    Released: February, 1968
  3. "Born to Be Wild"
    Released: May, 1968
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Rolling Stone (positive) [2]
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The Daily VaultB+ [4]

Steppenwolf is the debut album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records.


The album was a successful debut for the band, featuring the songs "Born to Be Wild", as well as "The Pusher", both of which were used in the 1969 film Easy Rider . "Berry Rides Again" is a tribute to guitarist Chuck Berry. The spelling of track #4 on the vinyl is "Hootchie Kootchie Man". The album credits say it was recorded at American Recording Company in Studio City, California; however, the actual name of the studio was American Recorders.

The background color of the original ABC LP cover was a silver "foil", in contrast to later (MCA Records) LP issues and the modern CD sleeve in which it is replaced by off white. It is the only album by the band to have been released in both stereo and mono configurations. Although the latter is simply a 'fold down' of the stereo mix it is sought after as a collector's item.

Early editions of the "silver foil background" version credit "Mars Bondfire" with writing "Born to be Wild" on both the LP label and the back of the LP cover.

Following the success of "Born to Be Wild", later releases had a black box on the cover with the wording: "Contains The Hit "Born to Be Wild". The earliest 1968 versions of the album did not have this.

Track listing

Side one
1."Sookie Sookie" Don Covay, Steve Cropper 3:12
2."Everybody's Next One" John Kay, Gabriel Mekler 2:53
3."Berry Rides Again"Kay2:45
4."Hootchie Kootchie Man" Willie Dixon 5:07
5."Born to Be Wild" Mars Bonfire 3:28
6."Your Wall's Too High"Kay5:40
Side two
8."The Pusher" Hoyt Axton 5:43
9."A Girl I Knew"Kay, Morgan Cavett2:39
10."Take What You Need"Kay, Mekler3:28
11."The Ostrich"Kay5:43
Total length:46:10





Album - Billboard (United States)

1968 Billboard 200 6 [5]

Singles - Billboard (United States)

1968"Born to Be Wild" Billboard Hot 100 2 [6]

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