‘Unfathomably rare’ LP set for re-release

In January 2018, Sundazed Music will reissue Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm that Sundazed calls “one of the rarest rock & roll records ever made.” To read more, click here.

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Cult following? Rock stardom was not the plan

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

“Thanks to vintage record collectors, the Rising Storm, a band that recorded its first album 50 years ago, is reliving a dream that began in prep school.” ” [From article in The New York Times. To read full article, click here.]

 

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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.]

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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.]

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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.]

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Review: Fuzz-induced teenaged snarl… beautiful, mellow ballads

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The Rising Storm, 1967, photo shoot for cover of Calm Before. Clockwise from left: Bob Cohan, Charlie Rockwell, Todd Cohen, Richard Weinberg, Tony Thompson, Tom Scheft

“This long-time collectors item was recorded by a group of six guys while they were attending Phillips Academy over here on the east coast, right up in Andover, Massachusetts…the band can pummel along with fuzz-induced teenaged snarl and also play some beautiful, mellow, folk-type acoustic ballads.” [To read more, click here.]

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Review: An obscure classic…fragile, colorful charm

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The Rising Storm, Andover dance, 1966. From left: Tony Thompson, Tom Scheft (rear), Richard Weinberg, Bob Cohan. (Not shown: Charlie Rockwell, Todd Cohen)

“One tries to imagine what kind of garage the boys of the Rising Storm played in. Padded, flowered, wood-paneled? With crochet rugs? Smoking hookahs? They have a slightly hippie look, these six, on the cover of the album Calm Before, their sole contribution to the era (1967), which became an obscure classic among the original editions avidly sought by collectors.” [To read more, click here.]

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Review: One of finest, most important ’60s LPs

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The Rising Storm, 1967, practice session at Phillips Academy. From left: Todd Cohen, Tom Scheft (rear), Charlie Rockwell (seated), Tony Thompson, Richard Weinberg, Bob Cohan

Calm Before remains one of the finest and most important LPs by a US ’60s group, never mind one that was still attending high school when it was released … broodingly and sensationally played out … mix of deep beat-pop introspection and thoroughly intense modern R&B-instigated rock …” [To read more, click here.]

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Review: Compilation of little-known gems

sky-girl-album-cover“It’s that ineffable sense of longing, loss and melancholy that gives every song on Sky Girl its haunted pall. Lyrical allusions suggest the intangible, be they dreams, ghosts, or the loss of love.” [The compilation includes “Frozen Laughter” from Calm Before, the 1967 album by The Rising Storm. To read more, click here.]

 

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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

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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

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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, Maine, 2016. From left: Bob Cohan, Tom Scheft, Charlie Rockwell, Tony Thompson, Richard Weinberg, Todd Cohen

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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