Ridin' the Storm Out

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Ridin' the Storm Out
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released December 1973
Genre Soft rock, hard rock
Length 36:26
Label Epic
Producer Bill Halverson
REO Speedwagon chronology
Ridin' the Storm Out
Lost in a Dream

Ridin' the Storm Out is the third album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1973. It was the first album to feature Mike Murphy on vocals. The sessions started out with Kevin Cronin, but he left the band before the album was finished, due to creative differences. The title track would later become a hit for the band on their live album, after Cronin had returned to the band. Cronin's original version of "Son of a Poor Man" is featured on the compilation albums A Decade of Rock and Roll: 1970-1980, and The Essential REO Speedwagon. "Son of a Poor Man" and "Ridin' the Storm Out" were featured on the live album Live: You Get What You Play For. "Ridin' the Storm Out" with Cronin on vocals is available as a downloadable track in the music video game Rock Band.

The song refers to the band being stuck in a harsh winter blizzard after a show in Boulder, Colorado at a bar called Tulagi's (now closed).

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ridin' the Storm Out" (Gary Richrath) - 4:12
  2. "Whiskey Night" (Richrath) - 4:42
  3. "Oh Woman" (Richrath) - 2:46
  4. "Find My Fortune" (Richrath) - 2:53
  5. "Open Up" (Stephen Stills) - 3:31
  6. "Movin'" (Kevin Cronin) - 3:20
  7. "Son of a Poor Man" (Richrath) - 3:44
  8. "Start a New Life" (Richrath) - 3:50
  9. "It's Everywhere" (Cronin) - 3:26
  10. "Without Expression (Don't Be That Man)" (Terry Reid) - 3:51


REO Speedwagon
Additional Musical Personnel (as listed in CD liner notes)
  • Joe Walsh - Slide Guitar (on "Whiskey Night", "Open Up" and "Start A New Life")
  • Guille Garcia - Percussion
  • Gene Estes - Percussion