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Steppenwolf Gold

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  • Since “Born to Be Wild” blasted its way up the charts back in ‘68, I have been a fan of John Kay and Steppenwolf. At one time or another I have owned all of their classic LP’s, Reel to Reel tapes, and more recently CD’s. The sad fact of the matter is that the first batch of Steppenwolf cd releases sound flat and lifeless and are basically garbage. This unfortunate situation was improved with the Mobile Fidelity release of their first self titled album on their gold cd format.This disc has long been out of print but is usually available on Amazon for a huge premium. The catalogue once again became listenable when the BGO label remastered the first 8 non-compilation albums in 2 disc sets. However, the 2005 release of the double cd set titled Steppenwolf Gold, actually sounds great, much better than anything ever released previously with the possible exception of the lone Mobile Fidelity disc. I have heard nuances in these songs that I have never noticed before and the sound is smooth and non-fatiguing with plenty of air. It goes to show what can be done with careful remastering and just how far the redbook cd format has improved since its infancy. This release is a must have for aging boomers that still love Steppenwolf.

    Posted on February 21, 2010