Many of us know Steppenwolf from their motorcycle anthem “Born To Be Wild”, but on their album “The Second”, Steppenwolf clearly shows their bluesy roots. They steer clear of the late 60’s rocker sound on much of the tracks, and accentuate blues guitar, piano, and harmonica. This style of blues is approachable, and refined. It focuses on swinging, upbeat melodies, and is easy to jive with. However, the most popular song from this album is “Magic Carpet Ride”. It has more of the classic rock feel, ditching much of the bluesy tones.
Release date: January 1, 1968
Similar artist(s): Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane
Top tracks: Disappointment Number (Unknown), Faster Than the Speed of Light, Magic Carpet Ride