Steppenwolf - At Your Birthday Party (1969) [VG+/EX]
ABC/Dunhill Records
Steppenwolf - At Your Birthday Party (1969) [VG+/EX]
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Catalog Number: DSX-50053

Vinyl plays with crackles on side 1 and some areas with clicks on side 2 (play-tested). Die-cut cover looks great; light-scuffing (front/back/inner-gate). Inner sleeve is original (Dunhill ads). Spine is easy-to-read, with mild-wear. Shelf-wear along top/bottom-edge, and corners. Opening is crisp with signs of light use. (Not a cut-out.)

At Your Birthday Party, by Steppenwolf, was the first Steppenwolf album to feature bass player Nick St. Nicholas and reached No. 7 on Billboard's Pop Albums. It contains well-known hits It's Never Too Late and Jupiter's Child, as well as Rock Me, which had been featured in the 1968 film Candy. Although the band would be very successful in the early 1970s, At Your Birthday Party was to be their last top ten album and features their last top ten single. The album showcases Steppenwolf coming out of, but not yet completely abandoning, the psychedelia of The Second and stepping into the distinctive hard rock of their later releases. The album's cover was designed by art director Gary Burden. The original LP was a gatefold with a punched-out front cover; the punchout revealed a photo of the band which comprised the inner sleeve's recto. This photo of the band was shot by Henry Diltz, and it shows the band sitting in the remnants of amplifiers and equipment in a charred house which had belonged to Canned Heat. (A 1969 fire ripped through Canned Heat's house and rehearsal studio on Lookout Mountain Ave in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California.) Original lead guitarist Michael Monarch did not show up for the photo shoot. Steppenwolf producer Gabriel Mekler bore a physical resemblance to Monarch, and it was decided that Mekler would take Monarch's place in the photo. Mekler was able to hide himself all the more in the photo by sporting a pair of sunglasses. Initially, not too many noticed.

Don't Cry
Chicken Wolf
Lovely Meter
Round And Down
It's Never Too Late
Sleeping Dreaming
Jupiter Child
She'll Be Better
Cat Killer
Rock Me
God Fearing Man
Mango Juice
Happy Birthday
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