The Bad Times Make the Good Times: Classic Texas Recordings 1964-1986

The Bad Times Make the Good Times: Classic Texas Recordings 1964-1986

by Warren StormWarren Storm


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Chances are, you've never heard of Warren Storm. The closest thing he had to a national hit was "Prisoner's Song," a single that peaked at 81 on the Hot 100 in 1958, but he never stopped recording, either as a drummer -- he sat in on sessions by Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, and Lightnin' Slim for Excello Records -- or as a singer. His first patron was J.D. Miller, one of the great Louisiana recordmen, but in 1964 he struck up a partnership with Huey P. Meaux, who would regularly record Storm over the next 22 years. These sides came out on a variety of imprints -- first Sincere, then Tear Drop, then Crazy Cajun, then Starflite, with stops at Kingfish and American Pla-Boy -- and Ace's 2015 compilation, The Bad Times Make the Good Times sorts through this mess, winding up with 44 songs recorded between 1964 and 1986, including a couple of archival and unreleased cuts. Meaux always made sure he cut Storm on a threadbare budget, so the sonics here range from appealingly trashy to cheaply clean and, similarly, there's a variety of sounds. Storm is anchored in swamp pop and everything that entails, so he's comfortable with New Orleans R&B, Texas blues shuffles, country ballads, Roy Head ravers, and Sir Douglas Quintet-styled rockers -- every kind of sound that satisfies the circuit that stretched around the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana through Texas. Meaux also made sure Storm dabbled in trends, pushing him to the truly weird "Sitting Here on the Ceiling (Ain't It Weird)" and Dan Penn's "My Far Away Cow," a 45 that showed up under an alias called Abel on Crazy Cajun, but this oddity isn't as disarming as the truly terrible production of the early '80s, where the roots rock is nearly undone by badly panned stereo, overly hard drums, and tinny keyboards. Listen through the production and it's easy to see that Storm remained what he always was: a genial, ingratiating singer who embodied much of the wild wooliness that's real Texas and Louisiana roots music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667072021
catalogNumber: 5017934
Rank: 60468

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Storm   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Paul Gayten   Composer
Delbert McClinton   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Roy Gaines   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Marlin Greene   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Gale Garnett   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Sunny Ozuna   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Lee Baker   Composer
Glenn Barber   Composer
Leslie Bohem   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Billy Reid   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Mark Charron   Composer
Guy Massey   Composer
Elton Anderson   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Warren Robb   Composer
Herbert Wilson   Composer
Burton Gaar   Composer
Curtis Smith   Composer
Buck Peddy   Composer
Steven Diamond   Composer
Lewing   Composer
Gene Bourgeois   Composer
Robert Thibodeaux   Composer
Antoine Domino   Composer
Joseph Barrios   Composer
John Fitzmorris   Composer
Robert Stone   Composer
Kris Fontenot   Photo Courtesy
Kerney Ravet   Composer
Jeffrey Mayes   Composer
Harvey Dubois   Composer
Hank Wright   Composer
Charles Romans   Composer
Aubrey Heird   Composer

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