Ridin' the Storm Out

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Ridin' the Storm Out
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released December 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

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.[2] 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).

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ridin' the Storm Out"   Gary Richrath 4:12
2. "Whiskey Night"   Gary Richrath 4:42
3. "Oh Woman"   Gary Richrath 2:46
4. "Find My Fortune"   Gary Richrath 2:53
5. "Open Up"   Stephen Stills 3:31
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Movin'"   Kevin Cronin 3:20
7. "Son of a Poor Man"   Gary Richrath 3:44
8. "Start a New Life"   Gary Richrath 3:50
9. "It's Everywhere"   Kevin 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


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position[1]
1981 The Billboard 200 171

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