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Early Steppenwolf/For Ladies Only

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  • This is an very interesting Package from The Wolf. These Two Records are by the Same Band, but they could not be any Different from each other. “Early Steppenwolf”, was recorded in San Francisco in May 1967 when this Group was still known as: “The Sparrow”. The Band played a Small Club called: “The Matrix” that was owned by Marty Balin, who was the lead Singer of The Jefferson Airplane. It was at one of the Shows in this tiny Club when by accident the “Off-The-Wall” Jamming by Nick St. Nicholas, the bassist, Took, the Sparrow on a New Musical Adventure into Improv. One by One, all Members of the Group jumped up on the Small Stage and assisted Nick, doing something New for The Sparrow, who used Tightly Rehearsed Arrangements of the Blues and Rock Standards of the Day, The Band let the Music Play them, and on this night they Discovered their Musical Voice. This Jam would Melt into; “The Pusher”, the Anti-Drug Song. This Performance became the Stuff of Legends, and because of this new found Release, everything in their World from this point onwards would be different.

    In addition to the Epic 21 Minute version of: “The Pusher”, the 1969 Record, Titled: “Early Steppenwolf” contained The Wolf’s renditions of Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. “Power Play’ & “Tighten Up Your Wig” from the pen of Leader, Vocalist/Guitarist: John Kay further define the Steppenwolf Sound, that these Amazing Musicians were introducing into Stoned Hippy Heads. As these Historic Recordings, were finally made public after the Group had achieved Major Success on the Pop Charts, This Record was met with Universal Praise by Critics and Fans. It would still have been a Big Hit if:’ “Corrina, Corrina”, in this Amazing early version was the only Song on it, it’s just that Good!

    In contrast, the 1971 Record: “For Ladies Only” sounds as if it was Produced by a Totally Different Band. Four Years had gone by since the Club Daze of 1967. Steppenwolf had become one of America’s favorite Rock Bands after Coining those Words: “Heavy Metal Thunder”. John Kay, still led the Group, but aside from Drummer Jerry Edmonton it was a New and Different Band in Sound and Style. John Kay, stated at the Time of “Ladies” release that Steppenwolf had made a Record that Spotlighted the Bands “Tender” Side of playing. Love Songs by this Bunch of Highway Hellions…..WHAA???

    Well, for me “For Ladies Only” along with “Steppenwolf 7″ are my Two Favorite Records by this Fantastic Band {Throw in, “At Your Birthday Party” into that list as well!}. This Record was not as Hard-Edged as the LP’s of 68-69, but this is still well crafted Hard Rock and not “Soft” by any measure {John Kay COULD be Tender, but Soft?…No Way!}. Ladies has some real Fine Songs on it’s Grooves. “Shackles And Chains”, “The Night Time’s For You” “Tenderness” and “I’m Asking”. There are Acoustic Guitars and Pianos featured in the place of Roaring Power Chords and Feedback, and they are Played to Perfection by these Guys, this was still a Top-Notch Band that could write Excellent Songs and Out Play just about anyone else.

    The 9 Minute: “For Ladies Only” more than hints at Progressive Rock with a Beautiful Piano Passage in it’s Middle. This Majestic Gem is a Classic, that should have received more attention on FM Stations back in 1971. There are Hit Singles here on: “Ladies”, but the Public gave this record a Lukewarm indifference on the Charts. And Steppenwolf, would start a Slow Slide in Popularity from this Point onwards.

    Yes, it is Odd to play these Two very distinct Records Back to Back. But, it does show that in Four Years time, Evolution can be Mighty for a Rock Band. Steppenwolf, are One of The Greats, there is No Doubt of that fact. Listen and hear why this is so…FOUR STARS !!!

    Posted on January 6, 2010