Ridin' the Storm Out

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Ridin' the Storm Out
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released December 21, 1973
Genre Blues rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 36:26
Label Epic
Producer Bill Halverson
REO Speedwagon chronology
Ridin' the Storm Out
Lost in a Dream
(1974)Lost in a Dream1974

Ridin' the Storm Out is the third studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1973. It peaked at number 171 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981,[1] and reaching platinum status in 1989. 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. The song refers to the band being stuck in a harsh winter blizzard after a show in Boulder, Colorado, at a bar named Tulagi's (now closed).

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. The studio version of "Ridin' the Storm Out" with Cronin on vocals was released on the compilation Box Set Series in 2014, and is also available as a downloadable track in the music video game Rock Band.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Ridin' the Storm Out"Gary Richrath4:12
2."Whiskey Night"Richrath4:42
3."Oh Woman"Richrath2:46
4."Find My Fortune"Richrath2:53
5."Open Up"Stephen Stills3:31
Side two
6."Movin'"Kevin Cronin3:20
7."Son of a Poor Man"Richrath3:44
8."Start a New Life"Richrath3:50
9."It's Everywhere"Cronin3:26
10."Without Expression (Don't Be That Man)"Terry Reid3:51


REO Speedwagon[2]

  • Mike Murphy - lead vocals
  • Gary Richrath – guitar, lead vocals on "Find My Fortune"
  • Neal Doughty – keyboards
  • Gregg Philbin – bass, backing vocals
  • Alan Gratzer – drums, backing vocals
Additional personnel[2]
  • Gene Estes - percussion
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Joe Walsh - slide guitar (tracks 2, 5, and 8)


Release history[edit]

Region Date Title Label Format Catalog #
USA December 1973 Ridin' the Storm Out Epic Records Stereo Vinyl E-32378
USA 1973 Ridin' the Storm Out Epic Records Tape PET-32378
USA 1973 Ridin' the Storm Out Epic Records 8 TRK E32378
USA 1986 Ridin' the Storm Out Epic Records CD EK32378
UK 2008 Ridin' the Storm Out / Lost in a Dream BGO Records CD (Digitally re-mastered) BGOCD805
Japan 2011 Ridin' the Storm Out Sony Music CD (DSD-Remaster) EICP 1482


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Albums (Seventh ed.). Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-183-3. 
  2. ^ a b R.E.O. Speedwagon — Ridin' the Storm Out / Lost in a Dream. BGO Records. 2008. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History – REO Speedwagon". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – R.E.O. Speedwagon – Ridin' the Storm Out". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 2, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.