There are certain bands that in my mind will forever be underrated. It doesn't matter what hall of fames they are in or not in, how many gold or platinum records they have or how many times they show up on various silly Rolling Stone magazine lists. These bands just don't get the respect they deserve compared to some of their contemporaries. One of those bands on my list is Steppenwolf.
I know Steppenwolf has sold millions of records worldwide but when you ask someone to name the great bands of the late 60's/early 70's rarely does Steppenwolf show up on anyone's list. Everyone knows "Born To Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride" and that's about it because that's all classic rock radio stations will play. But Steppenwolf was a highly influential part of both the psychedelic movement of the late 60's and the continuation of the Blues revival that started in the mid-60's and was still gripping white college dorm rooms across the country.
Steppenwolf's The Second is...you guessed it...their second studio album, originally released in 1968. The one big hit on the record is "Magic Carpet Ride", but there are some exceptional songs on this album including "Faster Than The Speed Of Light", "Tighten Up Your Wig" and my personal favorite tracks "Don't Step On The Grass, Sam" which is their unabashed ode to their favorite plant and "Disappointment Number (Unknown)" which is just a killer blues track. You could certainly argue that there were more talented acts floating around California in the late 60's (you'll never hear me compare Steppenwolf to say The Doors or The Byrds) but few bands at the time did such an awesome job at combining their love of the blues with their love of acid the way this band did. This album in particular is highly recommended for fans of The Doors, The Dead, The Stones, and any other blues-influenced rock of that era.