In the later ’60s, Steppenwolf provided a strong blend of styles to appease many fans. With a heavy dose of hard rock, Steppenwolf marched on with a collection of best-selling albums, singles, and enough strength to be remembered decades later after their short but stacked classic era run. That era produced six Dunhill label albums and the memorable “Sookie Sookie”, “Magic Carpet Ride”, “The Pusher”, and “Born To Be Wild” singles, all within a three year span. But the band was still a powerful blend even afterwards with their Epic Records sets that extended from 1974-1976 when they released three albums – Slow Flux (1974), Hour of The Wolf (1975), and Skullduggery (1976).

On January 23 of 2023, Esoteric Recordings (Cherry Red UK) will release a time capsule clamshell Steppenwolf box that revisits the band’s later Epic Records period. Inside, are the three albums from the Epic period along with two bonus tracks. A booklet is packed in with a new essay, a mass of photos, and lots of remembrances. The box will be referred to as The Epic Years 1974-1976.

Last year, Esoteric had released an 8CD Box featuring the Steppenwolf Dunhill Years (read here). This new Epic Years box continues their legacy with a library-worthy addition.

The Epic Years 1974-1976Steppenwolf

CD1 (Slow Flux)
01 Gang War Blues
02 Children Of Night
03 Justice Don’t Be Slow
04 Get Into The Wind
05 Jeraboah
06 Straight Shootin’ Woman
07 Smokey Factory Blues
08 Morning Blue
09 A Fool’s Fantasy
10 Fishin’ In The Dark

CD2 (Hour Of The Wolf)
01 Caroline (Are You Ready For The Outlaw World)
02 Annie, Annie Over
03 Two For The Love Of One
04 Just For Tonight
05 Hard Rock Road
06 Someone Told A Lie
07 Another’s Lifetime
08 Mr. Penny Pincher
Bonus Tracks
09 Angeldrawers (B-Side Of Single)
10 Caroline (Are You Ready For The Outlaw World) (Mono Promotional Single Mix)

CD3 (Skullduggery)
01 Skullduggery
02 (I’m A) Road Runner
03 Rock N’ Roll Song
04 Train Of Thought
05 Life Is A Gamble
06 Pass It On
07 Sleep
08 Lip Service

By MARowe