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  • Mar 28 2018 CD Review: John Kay & Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf at 50

    Iron City Rocks Review

    The Grammy for best album cover goes to….John Kay and Steppenwolf. Without question the artwork of the year. The market has not been super-saturated with reissues and repacking of Steppenwolf. Having said that it, it becomes easy to overlook a band that has been alive and kicking (hard) for 50 years. Steppenwolf at 50 is a 3 CD collect that goes way beyond US radio staples “Born To Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride”. In fact the two songs are not presented in their original form. What you do get is some overlooked John Kay & Co songs from their 80’s album, some deeper tracks from the 60’s and 70’s and an entire disk of the band live in the 90’s. There are collaborations (Grandmaster Flash and the band), cover songs (“Drift Away”) and probably best of all….nothing obvious. If you a listener that thinks you know Steppenwolf from your terrestrial radio, you don’t know this band…at all.

     

     

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  • Mar 08 2018 STEPPENWOLF AT 50

    ICONIC ROCK BAND TO RELEASE 3-CD CAREER RETROSPECTIVESteppenwolf at 50

    GUITAR WORLD PREMIERES UNRELEASED TRACK

    NET PROCEEDS FROM ALL SHOWS GO TO MAUE-KAY FOUNDATION

    Iconic rock band STEPPENWOLF and frontman JOHN KAY will release the definitive career retrospective Steppenwolf At 50, a 3-CD collection featuring 41-tracks, to celebrate the band’s half-century of music.

    Set for release Friday, March 16th via Los Angeles-based Rainman Records, the collection includes five rare or never-heard-before tracks. GuitarWorld.com premiered the recently-unearthed song “Compared To What,” proclaiming, “The song features the classic Steppenwolf sound—authoritative, scooped-but-solid guitars, growling vocals and—in this case—a satisfying jam section that's punctuated by tight drumming and pulsating bass.”

    Steppenwolf At 50 covers the band’s storied career, from their 1968 debut through 13 studio albums--billed both as Steppenwolf and John Kay & Steppenwolf--as well as their Top 10 hits “Born To Be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Rock Me.” The group’s 16 Greatest Hits album is certified platinum and they have earned nine Gold records. The band’s music struck a true counter-culture note in the 1960s, and two songs—“The Pusher” and “Born To Be Wild”—were featured prominently in the 1969 Dennis Hopper/Peter Fonda film “Easy Rider.” The Steppenwolf At 50 album was personally overseen by KAY and longtime manager Ron Rainey.

    In his liner notes, Kay thanks band members, both past and present, as well as their loyal “Wolfpack” fan base. “That was 50 years ago as of this writing and much transpired during that time of course,” says KAY. “In between seemingly endless tours at home and abroad, we somehow managed to write, rehearse and record numerous subsequent albums, but the hectic pace sometimes took its toll; not only on the band but also on our home lives and families…it is particularly dedicated to those who never stopped being there when we needed their support the most. Every band member past and present, who is heard on these recordings, played an important role as musician,... read more

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Welcome to Steppenwolf

In the chaotic world of rock 'n' roll, in which the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months, John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for almost five decades.

In the late 1960s, Steppenwolf embodied that era's social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than three decades after the band's formation. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems.