Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Classic 1968 debut album features "Born To Be Wild" and "The Pusher"
"Although familiar to anyone who was sentient in the '60s, or who has a retro fetish that includes repeated viewings of "Easy Rider," this masterful reissue reveals just how good Steppenwolf's 1969 debut sounds. Audiophiles are aware that Dunhill Records — home of The Mamas and The Papas — could deliver sonic masterpieces, but who knew that this early example of 'hard' rock was so well-treated in the studio? I have never heard 'Born To Be Wild' sounding so visceral, the biggest shockers being the sense of space during the drum break at 2m 07s and the fluidity of the bass. The guitar opener on "Your Wall's Too High" is also a revelation. It's on vinyl too." Sound quality 90%. Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, June 2014.
Steppenwolf have become synonymous with their huge Harley ridin'-hit, "Born to be Wild", although in reality, their success was far broader, with sales totaling more than 25 million units worldwide. Now their eponymous debut album originally released in 1968 is back and on Hybrid SACD, stunning audiophiles everywhere — courtesy of Analogue Productions!
Their history is littered with a succession of band members, substance abuse issues and several break-ups and reformations, but Steppenwolf endures.
Steppenwolf started life in Canada in the early '60s as The Sparrows, but did not find fame until they had changed their name and released their rockin' album debut in 1968. When two tracks, "Born to be Wild" and "The Pusher", were used in the film "Easy Rider," the success of the album was assured. It marked the first of five consecutive gold certified albums but after the release of For Ladies Only in 1971, the band split.
They were back together by 1974 and started to release albums again, beginning with 1974's Slow Flux; but their heyday was past, and this album was to contain their last Top 40 hit, "Straight Shootin' Woman." They tried to split after 1975's Hour of the Wolf but contractual commitments to the record label made them stick it out for 1976's Skullduggery. Another split followed, and yet another reformation followed that. The band's last album of new material was Summerdaze released in 1997.
This Hybrid SACD plays in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.
|Brand||Dunhill / Analogue Productions|
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