Saturday is rocking along with this album I got for $1.20. Steppenwolf, best known for “Born to Be Wild” and ” Magic Carpet Ride, formed in Los Angeles in 1967, but 3/5’s of the band were Canadian. Jerry Edmonton, Goldy McJohn, and singer John Kay were in a popular Oshawa band, Jack and the Sparrows.
Steppenwolf 7, oddly enough, was the band’s 5th studio album. Released in 1970, the album had the group’s trademark sound. It features hard rocking songs , big grooves, and loud guitar. Despite not having any singles that would break the Top 40, this is a pretty decent album.
Kay was born in 1944 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany (now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, part of the Russian Federation). A year later, he and his mother fled during the Soviet advance during the Evacuation of East Prussia. The train got stuck in Arnstadt, which was at the time occupied by Americans but would soon become Soviet occupied East Germany. They fled over a heavily guarded border into West Germany in 1949 and then immigrated to Canada in 1958. Kay recounts this experience in the song “Renegade” and for that reason, I am using this as a sample.
Satisfactory little record.