An Electric Storm

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An Electric Storm
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1969
Label Island
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media(8.6/10)[4]

An Electric Storm is the debut album by electronic music group White Noise. The band recorded the first two tracks with the intention of producing a single only, but were then persuaded by Chris Blackwell of Island Records to create an entire album. At this point the group had established the Kaleidophon Studio in a flat in Camden Town, London, and spent a year creating the next four tracks.[5] The last track was put together in one day when Island demanded the completion of the album.[6] Although not very successful on its initial release, the album is now considered an important and influential album in the development of electronic music.[5][7]

A brief extract from the track "The Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell" can be heard in the Hammer Film Productions film Dracula AD 1972.

Track listing[edit]

1."Love without Sound"3:07
2."My Game of Loving"
  • Georgina Duncan
  • Vorhaus
3."Here Come the Fleas"
  • John McDonald
  • Vorhaus
  • Derbyshire
  • Vorhaus
5."Your Hidden Dreams"
  • McDonald
  • Vorhaus
6."The Visitation"
  • McDonald
  • Vorhaus
7."Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell"
  • Duncan
  • Derbyshire
  • Vorhaus
  • Paul Lytton
  • Brian Hodgson[8]


The following people contributed to An Electric Storm:[9]

  • Kaleidophon – production
  • David Vorhaus – production co-ordinator
  • Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson – electronic sound realisation
  • Paul Lytton – percussion
  • John Whitman, Annie Bird, Val Shaw – vocals


  • June 1969 - LP, Island Records, catalog number ILPS 9099
  • 27 March 1995[10] - CD, "3D Island" label, Island Records, 3DCID 1001; deleted 1996[11]
  • 9 July 2007[12] - CD re-released, Island Remasters


  1. ^ a b Morpurgo, Jason. "The greatest electronic albums of the 1950s and 1960s". FACT. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ McNamee, David (19 January 2009). "The Best Of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop On One Side Of A C90". The Quietus.
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  5. ^ a b Pattison, Louis (2007). "White Noise - An Electric Storm". BBC.
  6. ^ An Electric Storm, sleeve notes, 1995 CD version, 3DCID 1001, Island Records
  7. ^ "The 50 Most Influential Dance Music Albums of All Time". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  8. ^ White Noise: An Electric Storm (Island, 2007)
  9. ^ An Electric Storm - Credits. Allmusic. Retrieved 27 June 2011
  10. ^ An Electric Storm,
  11. ^ An Electric Storm, review at Groove Unlimited
  12. ^ An Electric Storm, CD Universe product information

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