Sunday, 8 August 2010

“Slow Flux/Hour Of The Wolf/Skullduggery” by STEPPENWOLF. A Review Of The 2010 2CD Set Which Remasters 3 Of Their Rarer Seventies LPs.

"…Time Is Wasting…Gotta Get Into The Wind…"

This superb 2CD set gives you three rare albums from the Seventies by Steppenwolf - which have been hard to find up until now on any format.

Released February 2010, Friday Music FRM 2010 breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (45:05 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album “Slow Flux” issued September 1974 in the USA on Mums PZ 33093 and October 1974 in the UK on Mums S MUMS 80358

Disc 2 (71:51 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 are the album “Hour Of The Wolf” issued September 1975 in the USA on Epic PE 33583 and in the UK on Mums SMUMS 69151

Tracks 9 to 16 are the album “Skullduggery” issued May 1977 in the USA on Epic PE 34120 and in the UK on Epic EPC 81328

The original Epic/Sony master tapes have been remastered and the sound is huge (if not a little hissy on the “Slow Flux” album). Overall the sound is far better than I expected it to be – clean, clear and ballsy.

Musically - JOHN KAY the lead vocalist still dominated all the albums with his fantastic rasping vocals and heartfelt lyrics. But many fans and outsiders had felt Steppenwolf were way past their prime in the Seventies - I would argue not so. They were just a different kind of band to the trailblazers of “Steppenwolf” and “Steppenwolf The Second” from the late Sixties. These 1970’s platters were actually more to do with funky rock than straight up hard rock. Even some of the ballads are excellent – “Just For Tonight” from “Hour Of The Wolf” is particularly good. And I’ve always loved the pumping “Hard Rock Road” and the funky-as-f**k “Get Into The Wind” from “Slow Flux” (lyrics above).

So there you have it. It’s not all genius of course, but for fans this fully featured 2CD set is a long-overdue wish fulfilled – especially given the excellent remastered sound…

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