Review: ’60s single that never was

Rising Storm playing at Andover dance. From left: Todd Cohen, RIchard Weinberg, Tom Scheft, Tony Thompson

Rising Storm playing at Andover dance, 1967. From left: Todd Cohen, Richard Weinberg, Tom Scheft, Tony Thompson, Charlie Rockwell (Bob Cohan not shown)

“…one of the most enjoyable and compelling albums of the era…’I’m Coming Home’ is a tough, garagey rocker…’She Loved Me’ has a moodier sound bolstered by plaintive harmonies, fuzz guitar, a shimmying tambourine, and an all-time  favorite organ solo.” To read more, click here.]

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Review: Exhilarating, exceptional

Penniman front cover

Cover of new vinyl ’45 from Penniman Records of ‘I’m Coming Home’ and ‘She Loved Me’ — two originals on Calm Before, the vinyl album recorded in 1967 by The Rising Storm.

“‘I’m Coming Home’ is a strident blast of hard-edged garage-beat/punk with aural attitude worthy of a nod to the Stones, Yardbirds…’She Loved Me’ is one of the all-time most perfect examples of New England’s supremely moody mid-60s teen scene style. Irresistible! [To read more, click here.]

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Two favorite originals from a garage-rock classic

Penniman back cover

Back cover of new vinyl ’45 from Penniman Records of ‘I’m Coming Home’ and ‘She Loved Me’ — two originals on Calm Before, the vinyl album recorded in 1967 by The Rising Storm.

“Calm Before is a timeless masterpiece that contains five dazzling originals, a number of obscure covers that could be easily mistaken for Rising Storm compositions, and a few rock standards that are performed in a new and compelling way. The release of this 45 has been timed to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1965 inception of the band. It contains two of the most powerful original numbers on the album, ‘I’m Coming Home’ and ‘She Loved Me.'” [To read more, click here.]

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Keeping the beat — in obscurity — for 50 years

The Rising Storm, 1967. Clockwise from left: Todd Cohen, Tom Scheft, Bob Cohan, Richard Weinberg, Charlie Rockwell, Tony Thompson

The Rising Storm is a rock band that has been making music for 50 years. Our 1967 album, Calm Before, is considered “one of the rarest and most respected garage band albums.” The Washington Post dubbed us “the most famous utterly obscure rock band in America.” And we were featured in a chapter in the 1998 book, Unknown Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll. [To read more, click here.]

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Inspired chemistry, and a brilliant, iconic, legendary LP

The Rising Storm, Boston, 1992. From left: Todd Cohen, Tom Scheft, Bob Cohan, Charlie Rockwell, Richard Weinberg, Tony Thompson

“The Rising Storm are the best. Perhaps it’s because they dared to record originals at a time when most bands relied on cover versions of well-known songs. Perhaps it was the chemistry of the six band members. Certainly it was the times. Maybe it was all of these things, possibly none. All that really matters is that The Rising Storm left us a brilliant LP that continues to be cherished.” [To read more, click here.]

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The band that opened for the band that opened for The Beatles

The Rising Storm, 2014. Clockwise from left: Richard Weinberg, Todd Cohen, Charlie Rockwell, Tony Thompson, Tom Scheft, Bob Cohan

The Rising Storm got our musical start at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. In 1965, we began playing together in a jug band that enlisted every student in our sophomore dorm. The six of us soon banned together to form The Remnants, later rechristened The Rising Storm. [To read more, click here.]

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