The Best Bang For Yor Buck
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 01/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you see this as a single disc version of 1991's Born To Be Wild/A Retrospective or a slightly expanded version of 1973's 16 Greatest Hits, it's all the Steppenwolf the average fan will need. In addition to including all of their Top 40 hits, you also get all of their lesser hits and key album tracks like "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam," "The Pusher," "Snowblind Friend" and "For Ladies Only."One of the first concerts I ever saw was during my freshman year in college in 1970 when Steppenwolf was touring in support of Monster. [I still have my ticket stub--four bucks!] It was an amazing show. John Kay owned the stage. Hearing these songs again brings back a flood of memories and they still "get your motor runnin'" thirty years later. If you're looking to upgrade your old copy of 16 Greatest Hits, this adds "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam," "Straight Shootin' Woman" (the only track on this collection recorded after the release of 1971's For Ladies Only) and the complete 9-minute medley "Monster/Suicide/America"--Greatest Hits included only "Monster." The band saw a lot of personnel changes over the years, but the music was always of consistently high quality. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
A Perfect dose of the 'Wolf
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 09/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For most rock fans, this album contains all the Steppenwolf they'll ever need to here. Though often thought of as a mere "biker band" because of the classic hit "Born to Be Wild," Steppenwolf had a lot more going for them than the typical biker politics. In fact, the group demonstrates their leftist credentials on the epic anti-war song "Monster," and recorded one of rock's first anti-drug rants with "The Pusher." Steppenwolf could write a great hook as on the hit "Magic Carpet Ride," or a great ballad such as "Tenderness." If you can get past the somewhat dated late 60s sound, this is a complete album of fine classic rock material."