Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

Rola: Magic Carpet Ride
Traducción: Viaje en alfombra mágica
Intérprete: Steppenwolf
Compositor: John Kay, Rushton Moreve
Disco: The Second
Productor: Gabriel Melker


Magic Carpet Ride es una canción de rock escrita por John Kay y Rushton Moreve de la banda canadiense Steppenwolf. Fue el sencillo de lanzamiento del álbum Steppenwolf the Second, y alcanzó el tercer puesto en la lista de sencillos de los Estados Unidos. Es una de las canciones más famosas de la banda, superada sólo por Born to Be Wild. Magic Carpet Ride también ha sido considerada como el primer video moderno de rock.

La versión del sencillo difiere notablemente de la versión del álbum, con un distinto rango vocal de Kay en el primer verso y con una producción distinta. Esta versión es también más corta que la original, que llega hasta los 4:27 minutos, mientras que el sencillo sólo dura 2:55.

El cantante John Kay escribió la rola. La frase I like to dream, right between my sound machine fue inspirada al escuchar el aparato de alta fidelidad que pudo comprar con las regalías de su primer álbum.

En 1988 la banda volvió a grabar Magic Carpet Ride con el grupo de hip hop (y el DJ) Grandmaster Flash y aparece en el álbum On the Strength..


Duración: 04:32
Año: 1968
Formato: 7"
A la venta: 01/09/1968
Lado B: Sookie Sookie
Disquera: ABC Dunhill Records


John Kay - voz principal, guitarra y armónica
Michael Monarch - guitarra principal
Goldy McJohn - órgano y piano
Rushton Moreve - bajo
Jerry Edmonton - batería y coros


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I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here .

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free .

Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away .

Last night I held Aladdin's lamp
And so I wished that I could stay
Before the thing could answer me
Well, someone came and took the lamp away
I looked around, a lousy candle's all I found .

Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you don't know what we can see
Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free .

Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away.


1. "Faster than the Speed of Life"
2. "Tighten Up Your Wig"
3. "None of Your Doing"
4. "Spiritual Fantasy"
5. "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam"

1. "28"
2. "Magic Carpet Ride"
3. "Disappointment Number (Unknown)"
4. "Lost and Found By Trial and Error"
5. "Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie"
6. "Resurrection"
7. "Reflections"

The Second is the second studio album by Canadian-American acid rock band Steppenwolf, released in 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records. The album contains one of Steppenwolf's most famous songs, Magic Carpet Ride. The background of the original ABC LP cover was a shiny foil, in contrast to later (MCA Records) LP issues and the modern CD sleeve.


Steppenwolf: Toronto

Steppenwolf are a Canadian-American, hard rock group that was prominent in the late 1960s. The group was formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by vocalist John Kay, guitarist Michael Monarch, bassist Rushton Moreve, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton after the dissolution of Toronto group The Sparrows of which Moreve was not a member.

The band has sold more than 25 million records worldwide, releasing eight gold albums and twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles of which six were Top 40 hits, including three Top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1974, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, frontman John Kay is the only original member left, having served as lead singer for more than 40 years since 1967.

The name-change from "Sparrow" to "Steppenwolf" was suggested to John Kay by Gabriel Mekler, being inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name. Steppenwolf's first two singles were "A Girl I Knew" and "Sookie Sookie". The band finally rocketed to worldwide fame after their third single, "Born to Be Wild", and their version of Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher" were prominently used in the 1969 cult film Easy Rider (both titles originally had been released on the band's debut album). In the movie, "The Pusher" accompanies a drug deal, and Peter Fonda stuffing dollar bills into his Stars & Stripes-clad fuel tank, while "Born to Be Wild" is then heard in the opening credits, with Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding their Indian and Harley choppers through the American West. The song, which has been closely associated with motorcycles ever since, introduced to rock lyrics the signature term "heavy metal" (though not about a kind of music, but about a motorcycle: "I like smoke and lightning, heavy metal thunder, racin' with the wind..."). Written by Dennis Edmonton, who had begun using the pen name Mars Bonfire, the song had already reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1968. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

The following albums had several more hits, including "Magic Carpet Ride" (which reached #3) from Steppenwolf The Second and "Rock Me" (with its bridge lasting 1:06, which reached #10) from At Your Birthday Party. It also sold in excess of one million units.

Monster, which criticized US policy of the Nixon-era, and Steppenwolf 7 were the band's most political albums, which included the song "Snowblind Friend", another Axton-penned song, about the era and attitudes of drug problems.

There were several changes in the group's personnel after the first few years. Moreve was fired from the group in 1968 for missing gigs after he became afraid to return to Los Angeles, convinced that it was going to be leveled by an earthquake and fall into the sea. Rob Black filled in for Moreve until former fellow-Sparrow Nick St. Nicholas came aboard. Monarch quit after disagreements with Kay the next year year and was replaced by Larry Byrom, who'd been in TIME with St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas' tenure with the group proved to be brief and he was let go in 1970 after incurring Kay's wrath by showing up onstage in a bunny suit, and playing his bass loudly and out of tune. The above tales were related by Kay in his 1994 autobiography Magic Carpet Ride (co-written with Canadian author John Einarson). George Biondo was then recruited and guitarist Kent Henry replaced Byrom in 1971.

The band broke up in 1972 following the release of another political concept album, For Ladies Only, and Kay went on to an inconsistent solo career, scoring a minor solo hit in 1972 with "I'm Movin' On" from his album Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes.

Kay toured Europe as The John Kay Band in 1972 with Steppenwolf also on the bill, Kay fronting both groups.

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