March 26, 2011 – 3:35 am

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Ride With Me [The Swingin’ Pig, 1CD]

Live at the  Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden; September 20, 1972. Very good soundboard (FM broadcast).

When it comes to biker songs, Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild will inevitably crop up. The song was featured in the 1969 movie, Easy Rider, and has been regarded as a biker anthem ever since. So, one can imagine the disappointment of the fans who picked up this Ride With Me bootleg from The Swingin’ Pig label back then. A pretty good sounding show though a bit short, it just lacks Born To Be Wild to round things off.

Still, all thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net back in 2005.

As a bonus, a live version performed at Fillmore in July 1968 is included here - thanks to roryglzep for sharing the track (taken from the Flight Of The Sparrow boot).

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Ride With Me (7.3MB)
Track 02. Foggy Mental Breakdown (7.9MB)
Track 03. Tighten Up Your Wig (8.0MB)
Track 04. Monster (16.7MB)
Track 05. Magic Carpet Ride (7.0MB)
Track 06. The Pusher (11.9MB)

Live at Fillmore, July 1968
Track 07. Born To Be Wild (12.8MB)

This recording comes from the last Bill Graham 1960’s show at the original Fillmore Auditorium before he moved his shows to the Fillmore West. For three days on July 2, 3, and 4, 1968, the line-up was CCR, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY and STEPPENWOLF. This recording comes from one of those nights. It’s the original STEPPENWOLF line-up touring on the first album, which was released in January 1968. It’s funny to hear John Kay say that “Born To Be Wild” is their new single, and it’s “bubbling under” the Top 100! Not long after it would soar to number 2 on the US charts. There are also a few songs from their second album, which was released in October 1968. (Notes on the Fillmore track, courtesy of bpthree)

John Kay - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
Jerry Edmonton (R.I.P.) - drums
Goldy McJohn - keyboards
Kent Henry - lead guitar
George Biondo - bass

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  1. 14 Responses to “STEPPENWOLF - GOTHENBURG 1972”

  2. hey bigo, this looks cool. i’ll get it for the collection. thanks!

    i saw john kay open for deep purple july 07 at chastain park in atlanta, ga. he was good. as i recall, it was his farewell tour. he then played not far from here in bessemer, al at an amusement park called vision land a little after the show i was at, but i didn’t go.

    i’d love to have the above purple show, if it’s out there! they played all the hits. steve morse is a shredder. jon lord wasn’t on keys. instead don airey was of ozzy, gary moore and rainbow fame.

    i also wouldn’t mind having last queens of the stone-workplay soundstage, b’ham, al 3.19.11. i was there!


    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2011

  3. hey bigo, it’s possible born to be wild is from this fillmore west show cause when i do a search for fillmore 1968 no july shows pop up. looking at the file size 7 min sounds right with the link below.

    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2011

  4. I downloaded this show from somewhere but can no longer find the file. This was recorded the year Steppenwolf broke up for the first time. I saw John Kay as a solo act opening for The Guess Who in May of this year.

    As for the bonus track, according to the list in the liner notes to the cd set Fillmore: The Last Days it says Steppenwolf played July 2, 3 & 4 as stated above. That was the final night at that location. Moved to The Fillmore West location and opened July 5th. Steppenwolf returned to the Fillmore August 27, 28 & 29, 1968.

    I also have a show from 8/27/68 at the Fillmore West and a show from 2/2/68 in Dallas, Texas.

    One last note. Lead guitarist on this ‘72 show is Kent Henry from Blues Image.

    By Sking on Mar 26, 2011

  5. I have compared the 128 kbps Fillmore West Aug.27, 1968 Born to be Wild with the 224 kbps provided here. Besides the 224 kbps version making the 128 kbps version sound like crap, there is a longer intro given here. Other than that, I would say it’s the same. BTW, it shows Michael Monarch on lead guitar and Rushton Moreve on bass. I don’t know if that was the same in July 68, but likely was. Wolfgang’s Vault shows 8/27/68 and 8/28/68 shows (not a total duplicate in setlist) making up about 18 music tracks. So you can go over there for free and listen to both concerts for context.
    BTW, BigO, if I didn’t say it before, THANK YOU for going to these higher numbers of kbps! And also to all those who find and/or improve the tracks posted! I appreciate the clarity given at 224 and 330 over the old 192 kbps!

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 26, 2011

  6. Also gotta say that has got to be one of the best high quality, well composed non-concert cover photos I’ve seen. Note how every color is at play, expert positioning of the members in an outdoor setting. Each member is diverse in mood, outfit and clothing. The “flower power” still riding high in the 2 shirts.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 26, 2011

  7. as i recall, the last 192kbps show bigo offered was dylan-roseland ballroom show last oct. the 224 rips do sound good. i think, i noticed the higher bitrate on maybe queen-tokyo.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2011

  8. Bitchen! Thanx…………
    I feel like becoming road rations.

    By Timmy on Mar 26, 2011

  9. Jerry Edmonton lived in my hometown , went to high school where I went and for many years the school kept a bust he did of Ringo on display.
    He and his brother Dennis were in a local band here , Jack London and the Sparrows , fashioned after the beitish invasion groups hence the Jack London name who in all actuality was Dave Marsden.
    Their parents ran the dance pavilion on the lake where many a great rock and roll show has been held…I ran into Dennis years ago right after his solo “Mars Bonfire” lp came out and he was just the nicest humblest guy, great to meet. R.I.P. Jerry, your longtime fans still think of you.

    By sluggo on Mar 27, 2011

  10. This is great!! I haven’t really listened to Steppenwolf since…well….junior high school (1970). I’m looking forward to rediscovering them..thanks to you, BigO guys!!!

    By Dan on Mar 28, 2011

  11. I saw Steppenwolf (the original line-up) in Salem, Oregon in May of 1969. They put on a good show. Three Dog Night was their opener. TDN was a great high energy warm-up show.

    By Dave on Mar 29, 2011

  12. The recording is great but many of the facts are wrong. If they played Monster, this was long after the original lineup and, from my memory, Biodo and Henry were in the “Slow Flux” version. I am quite sure that is Larry Byrom on lead guitar

    By Dan Griffin on Mar 31, 2011

  13. The Facts are correct Dan Griffin. The description doesn’t say this is the original line up. Some band members left and were replaced before the first phase of Steppenwolf called it quits in ‘72. Byrom left after Steppenwolf 7 in 1970. For Ladies Only released in 1971 contained the members listed here along with the song Ride With Me, also here.. When Steppenwolf regrouped, between 1974 and 1976 for the Slow Flux and Skullduggery albums the lead guitar player was Bobby Cochran who later joined Bobby & The Midnights and Kingfish with Bob Weir.

    How many other facts were wrong?

    By Sking on Mar 31, 2011

  14. Eager to download Track 4, but I go to the link and the track can’t be found, any thoughts anyone ?

    By Al Wareham on Sep 13, 2013

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