STEPPENWOLF - 7 12" LP Vinyl Album

- Gatefold Album Cover Gt Britain Release

  "Steppenwolf 7" is the album by Steppenwolf, released in 1970. It is the first Steppenwolf album with new bass player George Biondo. While the album featured Steppenwolf's trademark rock and roll sounds, none of the songs were able to make the Top 40. The album featured a classic cover of Hoyt Axton's "Snowblind Friend", their second cover of one of his anti-drug songs (the first being the famous "The Pusher"). Other tracks such as "Who Needs Ya," "Renegade," and "Hippo Stomp" stand out as often-mentioned additions to their catalog.

 

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"7" Album Description:

In the heart of the late 1960s counterculture movement, Steppenwolf emerged as a powerful voice of rebellion and social commentary. Their 1969 album "7," released as a gatefold 12" LP vinyl album in Great Britain, stands as a testament to their musical exploration and the turbulent times they inhabited.

Historical Context

"7" was birthed in a period of immense societal upheaval. The Vietnam War raged on, civil rights movements were gaining momentum, and a youth-driven counterculture was challenging traditional norms. Steppenwolf's music resonated deeply with this generation, capturing their angst, disillusionment, and yearning for change.

Musical Exploration

The album delves into a diverse range of musical styles, from hard-hitting rock anthems like "Snowblind Friend" to blues-infused tracks like "Spiritual Fantasy." This eclecticism showcased the band's versatility and willingness to experiment with different sounds. The use of distorted guitars, powerful vocals, and psychedelic elements created a sonic landscape that reflected the psychedelic era's spirit.

Controversies

Steppenwolf's music often courted controversy due to its frank exploration of themes like drug use, social injustice, and disillusionment with the establishment. Songs like "The Pusher" and "Foggy Mental Breakdown" sparked debates about censorship and the role of music in reflecting societal issues.

Recording Studio

"7" was recorded at the iconic American Recording Company in Studio City, California. This studio had been the birthplace of numerous legendary albums, and Steppenwolf's presence there further solidified their place in rock history.

John Kay: The Charismatic Frontman

At the helm of Steppenwolf was John Kay, the band's charismatic frontman and primary songwriter. Kay's distinctive voice, combined with his rebellious persona, made him a captivating figure on stage. His lyrics often tackled social issues head-on, resonating with a generation seeking authenticity and truth in music.

Collector Notes:

 Matrix/Stamper codes:
SPBA 6254 A-1G
SPBA 6254 B-1G

 

Music Genre:

Hard Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "STEPPENWOLF - 7 " was produced by: Richard Podolor

 

Record Label Information:

ABC / Dunhill records PROBE SPBA 26254

Album Packaging:

Gatefold/FOC (Fold Open Cover) Album Cover Design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Record Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

1970 Made in Gt Britain
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: STEPPENWOLF - 7
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • George Biondo - Bass, Vocals (Background)
  • Larry Byrom - Guitar, Vocals (Background)
  • Goldy McJohn - Keyboards
  • John Kay - Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Electric), Harmonica
  • Jerry Edmonton - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "STEPPENWOLF - 7 "

The detailed tracklist of this record "STEPPENWOLF - 7 " is:

    Track-listing:
  1. "Ball Crusher" - [8:00] 4:50 [2]
  2. "Forty Days and Forty Nights" - [2:57] 3:02 [3]
  3. "Fat Jack" - [4:20] 4:50 [4]
  4. "Renegade" - 6:07
  5. "Foggy Mental Breakdown" - [4:00] 3:52 [5]
  6. "Snowblind Friend" - [3:50] 3:52 [6]
  7. "Who Needs Ya'" - [2:47] 2:59 [7]
  8. "Earschplittenloudenboomer" - [5:04] 5:00 [8]
  9. "Hippo Stomp" - [4:20] 5:43 [9]
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