Review: Impeccable taste, admirable musical skill

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

“A bunch of prep school boys put together a rock band in 1965…They called themselves the Rising Storm, and their album Calm Before is one of the most sought-after obscure LPs of the rock era…impeccable taste in material…a fascinating assortment of well-chosen covers and surprisingly strong original material…the harmonies are tight and the instrumentation is pretty top-notch…coffee-house sophistication…great attention to detail and admirable musical skill.” [From a review of the Sundazed reissue of Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm, in musoscribe, Bill Kopp’s music magazine. To read the full review, click here.]