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Storm - 1979 Storm

ALBUM: Storm (1979)
LABEL: Capitol
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY017


LINEUP: Jeanette Chase - vocals * Lear Stevens - guitars * Ronni Hansen - bass * David Devon - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Want You * 02 Tell Me That You Love Me * 03 What Do You Like * 04 Game's Over * 05 You Pity Me * 06 Ain't That The Way * 07 Wake Up * 08 Young Young * 09 Shoot On Sight * 10 Hyperdrive * 11 Machine Gun


I remember when this band first appeared. The press didn't know what to make of them. In no way could Storm be pigeon-holed into any musical category. They sort of flitted across all of them really. In the end, they became the darlings of the UK rock media and especially those writers who followed melodic rock, and they featured regularly in magazines such as Sounds. Fairly bizarre band, interesting, quirky, and definitely coming from left field. Their sound has some wonderful orchestration a la Queen, and time changes galore, similar to a band like Russia (remember them?). In Jeanette Chase, they have a singer who gives the band something to spin off, with her off-the-wall approach to singing, not to mention her wild outfits crossing anything between a vamp, cheergirl and a new wave rocker.

The Songs
For it's time, it's unsure just what market Storm were trying to break into. It had that seventies pure rock energy, mixed in with some pop sensibilities, though it 'wasn't commercial by any means. The songs swing between punchy rockers and some moody moments punctuated by Lear Stevens' searing guitarwork, who it appears has really studied the Brian May handbook for guitar players. For me, the album takes on the shape of two halves. The first half (side one) has an interesting assortment of of lighter or pop flavoured tracks such as 'I Want You' and 'What Do You Like'. Their best moment would be the incredible dexterity of 'Tell Me That You Love Me'. While on side two the action heavies up remarkably, and we take time to listen to the inventiveness of tracks such as 'Wake Up' or the sonic grind of 'Young Young' and the guitar crunching 'Machine Gun'. Great stuff.

In Summary
Perhaps not the pomp classic many have made this out to be, but outrageously overblown? Definitely. Their second self titled album which came out in 1983 is also worth a listen. Both Storm albums were re-released on CD by Rock Candy Records. Excellent stuff.

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#1 | super80boy on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Quirky fast paced songs kick off Side 1 and it ends with an angst ridden almost punk vibe on 'Ain't That The Way'. Side 2 has a couple of standouts for me
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:08:15
Queen meet a heavy Blondie are as good a description as you are gonna get with this,as it is quite ecclectic musically . One thing is for sure, it is a mighty disc with some incredible stuff on it. 'I Want You', 'Wake Up' and the thundering 'Machine Gune' are my picks. Tthe second album also titled 'Storm' is even better.
#3 | sabace on March 03 2008 14:48:15
got this lp on rock candy records recently and was underwhelmed by it . It is a fine lp but it has been hyped
way to much
#4 | Nick C on August 25 2008 01:49:03
I think I prefer this to the Capitol album, the sound is more varied and I love how it veers from pop rock to hard rock.
My picks for this Young Young, Hyperdrive, You Pity Me (great ballad) and Wake Up
#5 | rkbluez on January 07 2010 22:14:51
Just got the expensive Rock Candy version of this and I have to say I really don't see what all the hoopla is about this's OK but nothing classic by a long stretch...maybe if the disc sounded better it would of helped me enjoy it's certainly not up to RC's usual standards...the remastering was from can hear those tell tale pops anywhere and the sound is very muffled...all in all a decent album but it really doesn't blow me away I'd say it's good not to say a real classic like 1994 this is nothing special.
#6 | Eric on January 08 2010 00:30:42
rk- I expressed the same feelings about the 1983 self-titled album.
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