1982—Imported. In 1980, John Kay reclaimed the Steppenwolf name after the name had been damaged through misuse by others. Touring as “John Kay & Steppenwolf,” the band decided to record live in the studio directly onto a 2-track digital recorder (a brand new medium at the time), a method made popular by jazz and classical musicians. The resulting “Wolftracks” is believed to be the only rock album recorded in this way to date. Includes the bonus track “All I Want Is All I Got.” Other songs: Time, None Of The Above, You, Every Man For Himself, Five Finger Discount, Hold Your Head Up, Hot Night In A Cold Town, Down To Earth, For Rock-N-Roll, The Balance. This album was also re-released in 1990 on CMC records containing 11 tracks. The bonus track was track #1: "All I Want Is All You Got."
Our first studio album of the early 80’s rebuilding period. Because of constant touring, the recording had to be done quickly. We chose to record at Ocean Way, an excellent studio in Los Angeles and to use the (then new) format of Soundstream 2-track digital. While classical and jazz recordings had been done this way, we were the first rock band to attempt this. There was no over dubbing on a 2 track machine so everything from the instruments to lead and backing vocals was recorded “live” at the same time. Consequently we all felt somewhat under pressure. However everyone, Steve Palmer, drums; Michael Palmer, guitar and Michael Wilk keyboards as well as Welton Gite, bass and Wolf alumni George Biondo and Brett Tuggle backing vocals came through with fine efforts. Engineered by our friend Kevin Kern, it put our fans on notice that we were ongoing and had our eyes on the future. Some favorite cuts are “Five Finger Discount”, “None of the Above”, “The Balance” and “Hot Night In A Cold Town”. I also liked our version of The Argent classic: “Hold Your Head Up”.
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