OK, I might be biased on this one. I’ve been a huge Steppenwolf fan since their earliest days in L.A. I love this CD. I think the best songs on it are Foggy Mental Breakdown and Ball Crusher, but all of them are worth a listen or two.
No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: STEPPENWOLFTitle: STEPPENWOLF 7Street Release Date: 03/21/2006<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: ROCK/POP
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a great combination of rock classic and blues, this steppenwolf album is 1 of their best if not the best. great Riffs and Hits form Snowblind Friend to the title trac earshplittenloudenboumer.. a must have for any collection
This was the first album I ever owned, when I got it in 1972. It has been my favorite ever since. After wearing out the album and a subsequent cassette, I am sure glad to get it on CD. John Kay and Goldie McJohn are at their best in Ballcrusher. Foggy Mental Breakdown, Hippo Stomp, Earsplittenloudenboomer, several others not available on the “Greatest Hits” albums, along with the classic Snow Blind Friend make this a MUST HAVE for the classic Steppenwolf fan. END
This is one of the greatest rock records ever recorded. Nothing sounds dated on it — no gimmickry to tie it to the past. Just clean blues rock with John Kay and Co.’s amazing vision. Where did they get this stuff?? I would be hard pressed to pick favorites, but Renegade and Hippo Stomp are definitely right up there. Buy this record.
…in a mish-mash of super hits. Today, years after the magic, all you hear is “I wanna hear Born To Be Wild!” Or “What about Magic Carpet Ride?”. Bikers. Dope. Those are the twin images conjured up when the name Steppenwolf is mentioned, and it ignores the fact that this is a rock-solid blues band that outdid Hendrix and matched the Doors in terms of pointed social comment. Like this album, with the tongue-in-cheek pseudo-misogyny of “Ball Crusher”, the funkiest blue-eyed soul number since the Beatles’ “Come Together”. The Rolling Stones-like “Forty Days And Forty Nights”–straight out of Muddy Waters. The cautionary “Snow Blind Friend”, about how to deal with a junkie too close to you to ignore. The rare Steppenwolf instrumental with the goofy cartoon-German title “Earschplittenloudenboomer”. They don’t do instrumentals that often, and it must be because they insist on doing only good ones. And the autobiographical “Renegade”, which is sort of a prequel to “Monster”. Imagine growing up behind the Iron Curtain the way leader John Kay did, escaping to the Free World barely with your life (one of Kay’s friends got shot down by the border guards), and discovering that there’s so much noise from extremism of both stripes here in the “Promised Land” that you can hardly hear yourself think. The sad irony is that a quarter of a century after that song was written, it’s even worse than it was then. This album is the best illustration that John Kay has every bit of the iconoclasm of Jim Morrison without any of the meanness. Maybe that’s why he’s still alive today–still doin’ his thing.