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Tomorrow's Ship¹ / Isn't It Strange¹
D Edmonton (3:08) / D Edmonton (2:30)
Columbia 43755, 8/66

 
Green Bottle Lover / Down Goes Your Love Life
D Edmonton-J Edmonton (2:38) / D Edmonton (2:00)
Columbia 43960, 12/66

 
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John Kay-guitar, vocals
Dennis Edmonton-guitar
Goldie McJohn-organ
Nick St Nicholas-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums

 

Dennis Edmonton changes name to  Mars Bonfire and goes solo; rest rename themselves and carry on...
A Girl I Knew / The Ostrich³
Cavett-Kay (2:38) / Kay (3:16)
Dunhill D-4109, 11/67

 

Steppenwolf
Dunhill DS-50029
1/68 BB
Back Cover

Side One
Sookie Sookie Covay 3:09
Everybody's Next One Kay-Mekler 2:53
Berry Rides Again Kay 2:45
Hootchie Kootchie Man Dixon 5:07
Born To Be Wild Bonfire 3:28
Your Wall's Too High Kay 5:40
Side Two
Desperation Kay 5:35
The Pusher Axton 5:43
A Girl I Knew Cavett-Kay 2:38
Take What You Need Kay-Mekler 3:28
The Ostrich Kay 5:43
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John Kay-guitars, harmonica, lead vocals
Michael Monarch-guitars, vocals
Goldy McJohn-Hammond organ, piano, electric piano
Rushton Moreve-bass guitar, vocals
Jerry Edmonton-drums, percussion, vocals
Produced by: Gabriel Mekler

 

Sookie Sookie / Take What You Need
Covay (2:58) / Kay-Mekler (3:28)
Dunhill D-4123, 2/68

 

Mars Bonfire
UNI 73027
?/68
Back Cover

 
Reissue Front Cover

 
Reissue Back Cover

Side One
Ride With Me, Baby Bonfire 6:07
Born To Be Wild Bonfire 2:58
Sad Eyes Bonfire 2:25
Lady Moon Walker Bonfire 2:45
Tenderness Bonfire 4:30
Side Two
How Much Older Will We Grow? Bonfire 5:47
So Alive With Love Bonfire 2:45
In Christina's Arms Bonfire 3:15
Little Girl Lost Bonfire 2:35
Time To Fly Bonfire-Cavett 2:30
Night Time's For You Bonfire-Cavett 2:12
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Mars Bonfire-guitar, vocals
others unknown
Produced by: Ted Glasser

Note: Reissued by Columbia as Faster Than The Speed Of Life 6/69. Two tracks cut (Little Girl Lost and Time To Fly);
two tracks (the new single) added (Faster Than The Speed Of Life and She) and mixed up track order.

 

Born To Be Wild³ / Everybody's Next One
Bonfire (2:55)/ Kay-Mekler (2:50)
Dunhill D-4138, 5/68 BB

 
Magic Carpet Ride³ / Sookie Sookie
Kay-Moreve (2:55) / Covay (2:58)
Dunhill D-4161, 9/68 BB

 

The Second
Dunhill DS-50037
11/68 BB
Back Cover

Side One
Faster Than The Speed Of Life Bonfire 3:10
Tighten Up Your Wig Kay 3:06
None Of Your Doing Kay-Mekler 2:50
Spiritual Fantasy Kay 3:39
Don't Step On The Grass, Sam Kay 5:43
Side Two
28 Mekler 3:12
Magic Carpet Ride Kay 4:30
Disappointment Number (Unknown) Kay 4:38
Lost And Found By Trial And Error Kay 2:20
Hodge, Podge, Strained Through A Leslie Kay 2:42
Resurrection Kay 3:43
Reflections Kay-Mekler 1:30
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John Kay-vocals, guitar, harmonica
Michael Monarch-lead guitar
Goldy McJohn-organ, piano
Rushton Moreve-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums, vocals
Produced by: Gabriel Mekler

 

Rock Me / Jupiter Child³
Kay (3:40) / Edmonton-Kay-Monarch (3:10)
Dunhill D-4182, 2/69 BB

 

At Your Birthday Party
Dunhill DSX-50053
3/69 BB
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover


die-cut opening in cover
Side One
Don't Cry Mekler 3:04
Chicken Wolf Kay-Monarch 2:51
Lovely Meter Mekler 3:12
Round And Down Monarch 3:15
It's Never Too Late St Nicholas 4:05
Sleeping Dreaming St Nicholas 1:11
Side Two
Jupiter Child Edmonton-Kay-Monarch 3:24
She'll Be Better Edmonton-Mekler 5:15
Cat Killer Goadsby 1:30
Rock Me Kay 3:39
God Fearing Man Monarch 3:50
Mango Juice Edmonton-Goadsby-Monarch-St Nicholas 3:14
Happy Birthday Mekler 1:20
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John Kay-vocals, guitar, harmonica
Michael Monarch-lead guitar
Goldy McJohn-organ, piano
Nick St Nicholas-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums, vocals
Produced by: Gabriel Mekler

 

Square Headed People / Twisted
Kay (2:31) / Kay (3:14)
Columbia 44769, 4/69

as by John Kay, recorded in 1966

John Kay & The Sparrow
Columbia CS-9758
4/69
Side One
Twisted Kay 3:14
Goin' To California Kay 2:26
Baby, Please Don't Go Williams 3:12
Down Goes Your Love Life D Edmonton 2:00
Bright Lights, Big City Reed 3:07
Can't Make Love By Yourself D Edmonton 2:25
Side Two
Good Morning Little School Girl Williamson 3:52
King Pin Kay 2:57
Square Headed People Kay 2:31
Chasin' Shadows D Edmonton 3:20
Green Bottle Lover D Edmonton-J Edmonton 2:38
Isn't It Strange D Edmonton 2:28
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John Kay-guitar, vocals
Dennis Edmonton-guitar
Goldie McJohn-organ
Nick St Nicholas-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums
Produced by: Peter Abram

Note: Recordings from 1966, see Mugwumps, Great Society.
 

It's Never Too Late³ / Happy Birthday²
Kay-St Nicholas (3:05) / Mekler (2:32)
Dunhill D-4192, 5/69 BB

 
Faster Than The Speed Of Life / She
Bonfire (3:00) / Bonfire (3:15)
Columbia 44772, ?/69

 

Early Steppenwolf
Dunhill DS-50060
7/69 BB
Back Cover

Side One
Power Play Kay 2:57
Howlin' For My Baby Burnett-Dixon 4:42
Goin' Upstairs Hooker 7:22
Corina, Corina arr Kay 3:55
Tighten Up Your Wig Kay 3:15
Side Two
The Pusher Axton 21:36
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John Kay-guitar, vocals
Mars Bonfire-guitar
Goldie McJohn-organ
Nick St Nicholas-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums
Produced by: Peter Abram

Note: Recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco, May 14, 1967
 

Move Over / Power Play³
Kay-Mekler (3:07) / Kay (4:48)
Dunhill D-4205, 8/69 BB

 
Monster / Berry Rides Again
Edmonton-Kay (3:57) / Kay (2:45)
Dunhill D-4221, 12/69 BB

 
Lady Moon Walker / In Christina's Arms
Bonfire (2:25) / Bonfire (3:15)
Columbia 44888, ?/70

 

Monster
Dunhill DS-50066
1/70 BB
Full Cover

 
Inside Cover

Side One
Monster Edmonton-Kay  
Suicide Byrom-Edmonton-Kay-St Nicholas  
America Edmonton-Kay 9:15
Draft Resister Byrom-Kay-McJohn 3:20
Power Play Kay 5:26
Side Two
Move Over Kay-Mekler 2:53
Fag Byrom-Edmonton-St Nicholas 3:13
What Would You Do (If I Did That To You) Francen-Porter 3:19
From Here To There Eventually Edmonton-Kay-McJohn 5:27
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John Kay-guitar, vocals
Mars Bonfire-guitar
Goldie McJohn-organ
Nick St Nicholas-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums
Produced by: Peter Abram

 

Hey Lawdy Mama³ / Twisted³
Byrom-Edmonton-Kay (3:21) / Kay (3:50)
Dunhill D-4234, 4/70 BB

 

Live
Dunhill DSD-50075
4/70 BB
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover

Side One
Sooki Sooki Covay 3:09
Don't Step On The Grass Kay 6:01
Tighten Up Your Wig Kay 4:23
Side Two
Monster Edmonton-Kay 10:00
Draft Resister Byrom-Kay-McJohn 4:00
Power Play Kay 5:35
Side Three
Corina, Corina† arr Kay 3:47
Twisted† Kay 5:01
From Here To There Eventually Edmonton-Kay-McJohn 6:52
Side Four
Hey Lawdy Mama†/Magic Carpet Ride Byrom-Edmonton-Kay/Kay 7:00
The Pusher Axton 6:01
Born To Be Wild Bonfire 5:51
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John Kay-vocals, guitar
Larry Byrom-guitar
Goldy McJohn-keyboards
Nick St Nicholas-bass
Jerry Edmonton-drums
Produced by: Gabriel Mekler

Note: Recorded at Santa Monica Civic Center
† Studio recordings added to fill out album
 

Screaming Night Hog¹ / Spiritual Fantasy
Kay (3:17) / Kay (3:39)
Dunhill D-4248, 8/70 BB

 
Who Needs Ya / Earschplittenloudenboomer
Byrom-Kay (2:47) / Byrom (4:00)
Dunhill D-4261, 10/70 BB

 

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Dunhill DSX-50090
11/70 BB
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover

Side One
Ball Crusher Byrom-Kay 4:50
Forty Days And Forty Nights Roth 3:02
Fat Jack Biondo-Byrom 4:50
Renegade Byrom-Kay 6:07
Side Two
Foggy Mental Breakdown Byrom-Kay 3:52
Snow Blind Friend Axton 3:52
Who Needs Ya Byrom-Kay 2:59
Earschplittenloudenboomer Byrom 5:00
Hippo Stomp Byrom-Kay 5:43
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John Kay-vocals, guitar, harmonica
Larry Byrom-guitar, vocals
Goldie McJohn-keyboards
George Biondo-bass, vocals
Jerry Edmunton-drums, vocals
Produced by: Richard Podolor

 

Snow Blind Friend³ / Hippo Stomp³
Axton (3:15) / Byrom-Kay (3:20)
Dunhill D-4269, 2/71 BB

 
Ride With Me / For Madmen Only¹
Bonfire (3:15) / Biondo-Edmonton-McJohn (8:46)
Dunhill D-4283, 6/71

Due to negative feedback from juke box vendors, b-side replaced. Story at 45cat.
Ride With Me / Black Pit²
Bonfire (3:15) / McJohn (3:45)
Dunhill D-4283, 7/71 BB

 
For Ladies Only³ / Sparkle Eyes
Edmonton-Henry-Kay-McJohn (3:20) / Biondo-Kay (4:29)
Dunhill D-4292, 10/71 BB

 

For Ladies Only
ABC/Dunhill DSX-50110
11/71 BB
Back Cover

 
Inside Cover

Side One
For Ladies Only Edmonton-Henry-Kay-McJohn 9:13
I'm Asking Edmonton-McJohn 4:25
Shackles & Chains Kay 4:57
Tenderness Bonfire 4:51
Side Two
The Night Time's For You Bonfire-Cavett 2:56
Jaded Strumpet Edmonton 4:40
Sparkle Eyes Biondo-Kay 4:29
Black Pit Henry-McJohn 3:45
Ride With Me Bonfire 3:15
In Hopes Of A Garden Biondo 2:01
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John Kay-vocals, guitar
Kent Henry-lead guitar
Goldy McJohn-keyboards
George Biondo-bass, vocals
Jerry Edmonton-drums
Produced by: Richard Podolor

 


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