STEPPENWOLF Ride With Me (Bootleg 1972)

Ride With Me (1972)
Live In Gothenburg, circa 1972

I had this bootleg disc years ago and enjoyed it immensely, even if Steppenwolf has been relegated to my guilty pleasure shelf for decades. It must have been that organ and the mindless psych/boogie jams that first hooked me. Regardless, I followed them up through 7, but the early buzz (at least in my high school) was that Steppenwolf was a lousy live act. The rumors weren’t helped a bit by Steppenwolf’s Live album… which featured an excellent soundstage taping with an audience crassly dubbed in after the fact (there were some details in comments, but we lost those, sorry). I didn’t give a shit. So, it’s kinda natural that I might have gravitated to this short, electric live set, from 1972. Yeah, “Monster” is hard to digest in the 21st Century, but Steppenwolf were likable anarchists, and besides… it’s now finally possible to listen to the tune without counting all the beats leading up to the bridge. (17, was it?) Some of their recorded hits, “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Born To Be Wild,” couldn’t really have been any better, so it’s always cool to hear Steppenwolf’s less iconic tunes, like “Foggy Mental Breakdown” and “Tighten Up Your Wig.” The Big O originally posted this, but since their files are retired way too quickly, latecomers can grab it here. We’ve got an early Matrix show in the archives.

Ride With Me (4:36)
Foggy Mental Breakdown (4:41)
Tighten Up Your Wig (5:01)
Monster (9:58)
Magic Carpet Ride (4:22)
The Pusher (7:29)



  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 09:47 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Steve141
    June 3, 2011 - 00:15 | Permalink

    Yeah I saw them in 72 and they put on a great show. Never did figure why they got such a bad “live show” rep

  • steVe
    February 9, 2012 - 00:59 | Permalink

    Just creeping around while you repair the links and noticed my old comments are gone. I’ll just copy and past what John Kay said about the Steppenwolf Live album.

    After the “Monster” album, The Wolf needed a breather from the constant studio recording activities. It was therefore decided that a live album was exactly what we needed. We recorded one of our concerts at the Santa Monica civic auditorium which was a benefit for the “Students Against The War In Cambodia Committee”. The resulting recordings had more material that would fit on one album but not enough to fill 2 disks. Consequently we recorded additional songs such as “Hey Lawdy Mama” “Corina Corina” and “Twisted” in the studio where we then (through the addition of canned applause) tried to integrate these extra cuts into the truly live tracks. While with hindsight, I wish we would have had the chance to record multiple concerts because then we would not have had to live or die with the results of only one performance, this album, nevertheless was very successful and still quite popular with many fans today.

  • Willard
    February 9, 2012 - 02:25 | Permalink

    Yeah… nothing personal. But the couple of times we were shut down – and imported our old files into a new blog – both times we lost comments on 30 or 40 posts. No clue why. So… we’re glad you’re back.

  • steVe
    February 9, 2012 - 14:38 | Permalink

    No offense taken. I had nothing else to do. Glad your still around.

  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2013 - 00:43 | Permalink

    Thanks. Steppenwolf is always a bunch of fun.

  • Rah
    January 16, 2013 - 00:46 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Steppenwolf. Love it. Coincidentally, I’m reading Steppenwolf (Herman Hesse) right now. Interesting juxtaposition.

    • Willard
      January 16, 2013 - 10:37 | Permalink

      Better than reading John Kay’s autobiography (if there is one).

  • Timmy
    September 27, 2014 - 12:51 | Permalink

    Too cool………….. THANX!

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