Slow Flux

Slow Flux is the seventh studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in August 1974, by Epic Records. In the US it was released on the Mums Records label, a short-lived CBS Records subsidiary. It was the first of three albums the band created after reforming in 1974 before they disbanded again in 1976. "Straight Shootin' Woman" was the last Steppenwolf song to chart on the Billboard magazine Top 40.[1] The song "Children of the Night" notably posits that the hippie movement at this time had died, and president Richard Nixon is referred to as "the fool who believed that wrong is right".

Slow Flux
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1974
StudioJohn Kay's Studio
LabelMums (US)/Epic (Nationwide)
Steppenwolf chronology
16 Greatest Hits
Slow Flux
Hour of the Wolf
Singles from Slow Flux
  1. "Straight Shootin' Woman"
    Released: August 9, 1974
  2. "Get Into the Wind"
    Released: November, 1974
  3. "Smokey Factory Blues"
    Released: January, 1975

Guitarist and composer Bobby Cochran replaced Kent Henry on lead guitar in this reformed lineup, until the 1976 breakup. Cochran is the late Eddie Cochran's nephew.

Info on the album

This was the last Steppenwolf album that Goldy McJohn would play on. He was sacked from the band by bandleader John Kay in 1975.[2] A horn section also played on the album.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic(not rated) link

Track listing

Side one
1."Gang War Blues"Goldy McJohn, Jerry Edmonton, John Kay, Kim Fowley4:52
2."Children of Night"Kay5:11
3."Justice Don't Be Slow"Kay, Joseph B. Richie5:00
4."Get into the Wind"Bobby Cochran, Casey Van Beek3:00
5."Jeraboah"Jack Conrad5:41
Side two
6."Straight Shootin' Woman"Edmonton4:04
7."Smokey Factory Blues"Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood4:09
8."Morning Blue"George Biondo4:12
9."A Fool's Fantasy"McJohn3:37
10."Fishin' in the Dark"Kay5:47



Additional musicians



Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 47[5]

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Straight Shootin' Woman" Billboard Hot 100 29[1]
1974 "Smokey Factory Blues" Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 108


  1. Steppenwolf USA chart history, Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  2., August 4, 2017 - Death Of Goldy McJohn, Founding Member Of Steppenwolf by Tim Peacock
  3. Discogs - Steppenwolf – Slow Flux
  4. Konjović, S. "Steppenwolf - Slow Flux". Džuboks (in Serbian). Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine (6 (second series)): 22.
  5. "Billboard 200 - Steppenwolf". Retrieved September 6, 2017.

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