Review: One of the most essential albums in ages

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

“The official line is it’s ‘a sentimental journey through folk pop, DIT, new wave and micro presses 1961 to 1991’ but it seems like so much more now. It’s a compilation really like no other and is sure to get you hooked from the get go…It’s a selection of lost music which now sounds so relevant. It’s a collection of songs which bands would kill for. It’s simply amazing.” [The compilation includes “Frozen Laughter” from Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm. To read more, click here.]

Review: Unequivocally stunning collection of heartbroken songs

“This heartfelt compilation is a true labor of love…culled from rare private and vanity pressings spanning 30 years. Despite this large window of time, Sky Girl is masterfully sequenced, and eclecticism works in its favor rather than detracting from its delights.” [The compilation includes “Frozen Laughter” from Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm. To read more, click here.]

Review: Controlled frenzy…a thin film of psychedelia

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

“If you have an original copy of this record, you ought to encase it in 15 sheets of mylar and lock it up in the safe, as garage rock hounds are probably sniffing you down as you read this…Typically, impossibly rare albums tend to get seriously over-hyped, but not so in this case. Collectors don’t go nuts over this one because it’s so rare, it’s because it’s so good!” [To read more, click here.]