Sometimes it just takes something as simple as an extended cold spell to unite all Americans. With over 90% of the country experiencing sub 32 degree temperatures, you might say we’re all “Ridin’ the Storm Out” together.
This classic REO Speedwagon song was written by the late Gary Richrath and was released on the album of the same name in 1973. He was inspired to write the song when he and the band were stranded in a bar somewhere in the Rocky Mountains after finishing a gig.
If you listen to the lyrics you’ll hear them refer to “a full moon night in the Rocky Mountain winter,” and “watchin’ the full moon crossing the Range.”
Ridin’ the Storm Out was the band’s 3rd album. They began recording the album with Kevin Cronin on Lead Vocals, but citing “creative differences” he left the band. Mike Murphy replaced him as the vocalist on the album and recorded the studio version of the song.
It wasn’t until 1978, when REO released “Live: You Get What You Play For”
that the song really took off.
It is the ThoughtMarauder’s opinion that this Live album, along with “Frampton Comes Alive”
and Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same”
are three of the greatest Live albums of all time.
Please feel free to add your thoughts about the greatest “Live” albums ever in the comments section. Make sure you have this song cranked up while you do.
**Originally Posted on 5 Jan 2018**