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Steppenwolf - Monster

Review: 007
Date: 24 Jan 01

 


Rating: 5 Stars

Musicians: n/a

Tracks Listing: n/a

 


After inventing the heavy metal tag in the Bikers Anthem “Born To Be Wild” and flying the anti-drug cause in “The Pusher”, John Kay and the boys turned their attention on the anti war campaign with their smash hit album “Monster”.

Coming out during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War this group of songs proved very popular with the youth of America with it’s stance against the military war machine, and is as relevant now as it was in 1970. 

But casting aside all political intentations of this group of songs (Steppenwolf’s credibility later thrown into contrast with albums such as “For Ladies Only” and Steppenwolf at your birthday party).

The musical ability and the arrangements shown on these songs are glaringly apparent from the opening chords of the Trilogy Monster/Suicide/America slipping from country rock into heavy metal bluster at the twinkling of an eye with its built for stadium chorus’s, and cutting lyrics. The strong guitar work of Larry Byrom and Goldie McJohns keyboard work in particular stand out supporting John Kays Rants. The band also gets a chance to shine during the albums only instrumental “Fag” which is a slide guitar/piano workout which comes in welcome contrast to some of this albums heavier vocal songs.

That is not to say that all of the songs hit the spot. They do with “Draft Resister” - certainly being this Dog's rallying call if somebody wanted to cart him off to be shot at (especially against cats).

My two big complaints though are against the Record company. In the days of Vinyl, 33 minutes is plainly not long enough. Could they not have doubled it up with Steppenwolf 7 (an album of equal length) to make one C.D or found some out takes or live versions?

My second major quibble is the transfer of Monster onto C.D. This is appalling. Removing all the pomp and majesty of the original, this power package deserves far more.

 

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