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Review: One of the most essential albums in ages

“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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Review: Controlled frenzy…a thin film of psychedelia

“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 … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

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Review: An obscure classic…fragile, colorful charm

“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, … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

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Review: Compilation of little-known gems

“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 … Continue reading

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Review: ’60s single that never was

“…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 … Continue reading

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Review: Exhilarating, exceptional

“‘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. … Continue reading

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Two favorite originals from a garage-rock classic

“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 … Continue reading

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Keeping the beat — in obscurity — for 50 years

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 … Continue reading

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Inspired chemistry, and a brilliant, iconic, legendary LP

“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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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