This CD is from the mastertape recorded in 1972/1974 which seemed to be lost. This quartet are clearly influenced by hard rock’s illustrious past, cuz there are faint echoes of Led Zeppelin, Cactus, Grand Funk, Leafhound and Bloodrock. Although Stepson are, at least on the surface, an easily familiar commonplace hard rock band, there is something absolutely intriguing and hypnotizing about their stab at bluesy hard rock music. The powerful opening track “Danger Zone” is screwed into your head, then you get hit with the excellent “Streets of Alameda” and ripping “Can’t help myself”. The songs on this LP are played with such awesome power that you cannot fail to be blown away. Possibly the best track on the album is the stunning MC 5-like “Midnight creep” which is a roller coaster ride into guitar madness. The recording is marred somewhat by inferior equipment and bad mixing, but it still is a splendidly thick slice of 70’s hardrock served up in the Golden Eagle in the motorcity Detroit, Michigan.
STEPSON – Lost Tapes LP (Rock/Lion048-V-1) OUT NOW! About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s “devil may care” attitude and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, ‘Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; ‘Streets of Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, [Read more…]
The Vintage/Rockadrome label is proud to announce our 4 latest releases:
Official reissue of this ultra-rare underground wasted hard rock classic private press record from 1970, originally released on the Zonk! label. Wild, loud, raw New Jersey hard psych beast that’s been a favorite target of record collectors, dealers, aficionados and swamp dwellers for the past few decades. With liner notes, lyrics and press clippings! LP version comes with a poster as well.
Long sought after unreleased recordings from this hard-nosed raunchy Detroit-style 70s hard rock band whose 1974 debut album on ABC is highly sought after. A smashing collection of memorable tracks featuring vicious growling guitar from Joey Newman, and the awesome soulful vocals of Jeffs Hawks, along with the non-stop rocking backbone of Bruce Hauser (bass) and Len Fagan (drums)
Reissue of this Minnesota based classic hard rock band’s 2nd album, originally released in 1977 on the Asi label. This is the follow up to their previously reissued and very popular “Pound of Flesh” album from 1975, known for it’s pure classic hard rock sounds and controversial cover art. This powerful sophomore outing features frontman Jiggs Lee taking his vocals talents to new heights as the killer guitar of the underrated Lloyd Forsberg remains as powerful as ever.
70s hard rock band Stepson have reached an agreement with Rockadrome’s Vintage label to release an album of previously unreleased 70s recordings which have been tucked away in the band’s vaults for the last 35 or so years. Stepson was a high energy heavy Detroit style bluesy hard rock band formed by ex-members of the group Touch, known for their innovative 1969 progressive rock album featuring Don Gallucci. Stepson released their sole fuzzed out, hammond laced, attitude filled album in 1974 on the ABC label before disbanding and moving on to studio work and other projects. Rockadrome have acquired 12 tracks to be released on compact disc and vinyl later in 2012. Stay tuned for more details!
Stepson: Len Fagan (drums), Bruce Hauser (bass, vocals), Jeff Hawks (lead vocals), Joey Newman (guitar, vocals)