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Storm, The - 1995 Eye Of The Storm



ARTIST: Storm, The
ALBUM: Eye Of The Storm
LABEL: Music For Nations
SERIAL: CDMFN 196
YEAR: 1995
CD REISSUE: 1997, Miramar (USA), 09006-23102-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kevin Chalfant - vocals * Josh Ramos - guitars * Gregg Rolie - keyboards, vocals * Ross Valory - bass * Ron Wikso - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Give Up * 02 Waiting For The World To Change * 03 I Want To Be The One * 04 To Have And To Hold * 05 Livin' It Up * 06 Love Isn't Easy * 07 Fight For The Right * 08 Give Me Tonight * 09 Soul Of A Man * 10 What Ya Doing Tonight? * 11 Come In Out Of The Rain * 12 Long Time Coming


Background
Well, if you're an AOR fan and you haven't got this CD in your collection, then shame on you. A couple of feather-dusters up under the armpits is your punishment I reckon. Along with the Tour De Force and Artica CD's, The Storm's 1995 release was a welcoming shining beacon, in what was a pretty hopeless year all around for AOR. Yes, the grunge disease was still smothered over the rock populous like a wet blanket, and the results, and overall output showed. As for The Storm, they lived up to their name, going through a few windblown tempests themselves, forming from the ashes of a previous musical phoenix called The View (aka The VU). The fallout from Beau Hill's time at Interscope Records (he was essentially sacked), resulted in the loss of a deal for The Storm. You know the old story.. pet producer, pet band, where one goes, the other follows.. well sort of. After the 1991 debut (featured elsewhere on GLORY-DAZE) which featured a tune which went into the top 20 on the Billboard Charts ('I've Got A Lot To Learn About Love'), the band went into a hiatus for a few years. They didn't return until 1995, heading off to Berkeley's Fantasy Studios for another bash at the big time. However, a major label wasn't forthcoming, so their management (including Journey figurehead Herbie Herbert) opted on a distribution deal with independent label Music For Nations.. at least a guaranteed outlet for their music, mainly to Europe and the UK where most of the interest lay. Helping out The Storm in lieu of Beau 'missing in action' Hill, were the duo of Nigel Green and Bob Marlette, both well known names in the rock scene. One major change with the band four years on: Steve Smith was replaced by the reliable Ron Wikso, who has also seen time with Foreigner and more recently Gregg Rolie's solo band.


The Songs
If ever there was a band and an album that could've been described as the ultimate Journey tribute, then this was probably it. Twelve songs and apart from the odd song, all make a bee-line for your memory banks, such is the repeatability of the material. Genuine classics include the momentous 'Fight For The Right', sounding like primetime Diving For Pearls, plus the smooth radio-friendly AOR of 'Waiting For The World To Change'. Even the opener 'Don't Give Up' combined with the surging momentum of 'I Want To Be The One' will have the CD on repeat-play mode. Then of course a band like The Storm should toss in a ballad or two.. 'To Have And To Hold being the prime example, the other being 'What Ya Doing Tonight'.


In Summary
There is the odd gripe with this album: the thinness of Ramo' guitarwork at times becomes annoying (give this man another distortion pedal please!!), plus some of the arrangements take on a 'samey' tone by the time we get toward the end of the disc. But considering what else was on the market in 1995, this still stands head and shoulders above most other albums.


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Comments
#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 00:02:25
One of the truly great albums of it's type and deservedly given all the praise from most AOR'sters. It don't get a lot better than this one (Journey's - Escape album excluded of course). Everytime I play this, the track i always play half a dozen times is 'Give Me Tonight'- goosebump time when the guitar solo kicks in - phenomenal song, and definatley my top tune. BRILLIANT.
#2 | Eric on February 11 2009 20:51:05
Agree, this was the real deal here. An incredible CD.
#3 | jeffrey343 on February 12 2009 21:24:59
I spent over $45 to get this baby back in May 2005, hoping it lived up to its hype. Thankfully it does. Like Eric said, an incredible CD. Hard to say which I like better between this and the first. I have a six CD changer in the car I usually drive. If either of these CDs winds up in there, it takes weeks before I swap it out.
#4 | Eric on June 01 2012 02:45:19
Playing this tonight and for the first time in a few years. My 2009 comment still holds, this is a fantastic disc and songs like 'Don't Give Up', 'I Want To Be The One', 'Love isn't Easy' and 'Come In Out Of The Rain' are so melodically rich, I just want to cry. Beautiful AOR.
#5 | swazi on June 01 2012 09:08:33
My CD has a different front cover. It reflects the CD title a lot better, imo. Here it is:

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#6 | Eric on June 01 2012 13:22:40
That was the U.S. version released a couple years later.
 
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