The Rising Storm
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The Rising Storm
The Rising Storm
Origin Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Garage rock, folk rock
Labels Remnant Records, Arf! Arf! Records, Stanton Park Records

The Rising Storm is an American rock group that was active at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, United States, between 1965 and 1967. Their music is considered to belong in the folk rock and garage rock genres. The original members of the group were Bob Cohan (guitar), Todd Cohen (bass), Charlie Rockwell (keyboards), Tom Scheft (drums), Tony Thompson (guitar, lead vocal), and Rich Weinberg (guitar, vocals).

The Rising Storm is most notable for their 1967 album, Calm Before, which is cited by rock and roll historian Richie Unterberger in Allmusic as being "one of the rarest and most respected garage band albums."[1] Unterberger devoted a chapter of his 1998 book, Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll,[2] to the Rising Storm. More than fifty years after the group's founding, mint copies of Calm Before can fetch four figure sums among vinyl record collectors interested in the garage rock era.

The notoriety of this rare album has been the subject of articles in the Boston Globe,[3]Boston Magazine[4], the Washington Post,[5]Mojo Magazine, and a feature on NPR's All Things Considered. In addition to Calm Before and the many authorized and unauthorized reissues it has spawned, the Rising Storm has released two other albums, Alive Again at Andover in 1983 and Second Wind in 1999.

The band is still active and has reunited to perform on multiple occasions: in 1981, when they played at The Rathskeller in Boston, with songwriter and record producer Andy Paley sitting in for Cohen on bass; in 1982, when they played at their 15th class reunion in Andover; in 1992, when they played at their 25th class reunion and gigs at T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge, MA and Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ; in 1999, when they opened for the first Boston reunion of The Remains at the Paradise Rock Club; in 2002, when they played at their 35th class reunion; in 2007, when they played at the Dirty Water Club in London and opened for the Yardbirds at the Primitive Festival[6] in Rotterdam, with progressive musician and composer Erik Lindgren on bass; in 2014, when they performed at the WMBR Pipeline 25 Festival, celebrating "50 Years of Boston Rock", with Cohen returning as the group's bass player; and in June 2017, when they returned to Andover to play for the 50th reunion of the Phillips Academy Class of 1967, an event that was chronicled by a feature story in The New York Times.[7]


  • Calm Before, Remnant BBA-3571 (USA), LP 1967
  • Calm Before, Eva 12012 (France), LP 1982 (unauthorized reissue)
  • "Baby Please Don't Go", "Message To Pretty" and "Don't Look Back" on Endless Journey - Phase 1, Psycho 1 (England), LP 1982 (unauthorized release)
  • "Frozen Laughter" on The Magic Cube, Eva-Tone 116811 (France), LP 1982 (unauthorized release)
  • "The Rain Falls Down" on Psychedelic Archives - USA Garage #1, Strange Things (England), Cassette Tape 1990 (unauthorized release)
  • Alive Again at Andover, Arf! Arf! AA-007 (USA), LP 1983
  • Calm Before, Stanton Park SRE-001 (USA), LP 1992
  • Calm Before & Alive Again at Andover, Arf! Arf! AA-034 (USA), CD 1992
  • Ain't Dead Yet, Arf! Arf! AAV-001 (USA), Video 1993
  • "A Message To Pretty" on Sixties Rebellion #8 - Mondo Mutiny, Way Back MMLP-65001 (Germany), LP 1994 (unauthorized release)
  • "Signed D.C." and "Trying to Fool" on Frozen Laughter - A Tribute to the Rising Storm, Stanton Park STP-021 (USA), 7"EP 1994
  • "Love Starvation" and "Signed D.C." on New England Teen Scene - The Next Generation, Arf! Arf! AA-044 (USA), CD 1994
  • "She Loved Me" on The Arf! Arf! Blitzkrieg 32-Track Sampler, Arf! Arf! AA-068 (USA), CD 1997
  • "Frozen Laughter" on promotional CD included with Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll by Richie Unterberger, 1998 (cited below in note 2)
  • Second Wind, Arf!Arf! AA-083 (USA), CD 1999
  • "Baby Please Don't Go" on The Arf! Arf! [El Cheapo] 2-CD Sampler, Arf! Arf! AACC-089/090 (USA), CD 2001
  • "I'm Coming Home" and "She Loved Me" on The Rising Storm, Penniman PENN45024 (Spain), 45rpm 2016
  • "Frozen Laughter" on Sky Girl, compilation by J. Dechery and DJ Sundae, Efficient Space ES002 (Australia), LP and CD 2016


  1. ^ "The Rising Storm - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ Richie, Unterberger (1998). Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll. San Francisco, CA: Miller Freeman Books. pp. 74-79. ISBN 0-87930-534-7. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "The Storm Will Rise Again" (PDF). Retrieved 2018. 
  5. ^ "SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE". Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ "Line-up for Primitive! (Dutch International Garage Festival) Vol. 4 at WATT (Rotterdam) on 20 Jun 2007 --". Retrieved 2018. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Finn (13 July 2017). "A Cult Following? My Dad's Garage-Rock Band Nailed It". Retrieved 2018. 

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