Taste of magic … rare grooves of vinyl

“Hardcore fans of unknown 60s psych and garage all search for that taste of magic once committed to rare grooves of vinyl, a glimpse into an era when any rock combo with a few fans could get enough studio time to immortalize a set of their wildest sounds, and with Calm Before.., you get the full dosage.” [From Audiophile promotion of Sundazed reissue of Calm Before by The Rising Storm. Calm Before is available on vinyl and CD from Sundazed Music, and on Apple Music.]

Review: Subtle, moody shade of folk rock

“Fans of unknown ’60s psych are always searching for a rare glimpse into an era when any rock combo with a few fans could score enough studio time to immortalize a set of primitives sounds. They’ll get their fix with the Rising Storm’s Calm Before… . This band of six young gents from Massachusetts only pressed 500 LPs in 1967, just as they were graduating prep school. To this day, the album remains one of the most prized garage rock artifacts of all time (a copy sold for $6,500 in 2012).” [From Pandora review of Sundazed reissue of Calm Before by The Rising Storm. Calm Before is available on vinyl and CD from Sundazed Music, and on Apple Music.]

Review: Rare gem — raucous, raw, delicate

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

“What makes the record so great is how seamlessly this super young band – who were still in high school when they made it– manages to so seamlessly blend raucous garage rock, raw psych, and some surprisingly delicate melodies all in the same set, rivaling far more famous standard bearers of those genres, even though Rising Storm were doing it for fun and were still seniors in high school.” [From Dusty Groove review of Sundazed reissue of Calm Before by The Rising Storm.  To read more, click here. Calm Before is available on vinyl and CD from Sundazed Music, and on Apple Music.]

Review: Forgotten album that really lives up to the myth-building

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

“Calm Before commits such unhip-in-’67 crimes as loading up on the soul and blues covers that no longer cut the mustard in the year of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band … This group of high school kids effortlessly transform warhorses like ‘In the Midnight Hour’ and ‘Big Boss Man’ into their own creations … The group surely makes its most halting music when handling its own compositions. [From Psychobabble review of Sundazed reissue of Calm Before by The Rising Storm.  To read more, click here. Calm Before is available on vinyl and CD from Sundazed Music, and on Apple Music.]

Incalculably rare…now available on back-to-vinyl

“Impeccable taste…tight harmonies….top-notch instrumentation…This mid 1960s album by a bunch of upper class northeastern schoolboys is better than you might think. Ace covers and surprisingly sturdy original tunes.” [From a review by Bill Kopp for Schoolkids Records’ Blurt. To read more, click hereCalm Before is available on vinyl and CD from Sundazed Music, and on Apple Music.]