The Rainmakers Tornado
Label: Mercury MERH 118, Phonogram ? 832 795-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album UK gold promo-stamped 10-track LP
Country: UK & Europe
Genre: Pop Rock, Classic Rock
A1 Snakedance 3:58
A2 Tornado Of Love 4:11
A3 The Wages Of Sin 3:39
A4 Small Circles 3:27
A5 No Romance 3:18
B1 One More Summer 3:30
B2 The Lakeview Man 2:59
B3 Rainmaker 4:21
B4 I Talk With My Hands 6:30
B5 The Other Side Of The World 4:30
Bass, Vocals Rich Ruth
Design Mitchell Kanner
Drums Pat Tomek
Keyboards [Additional] Terry Manning
Lead Guitar, Vocals Steve Phillips
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards Bob Walkenhorst
Mastered By Bob Ludwig
Photography [Cover] Simon Fowler
Producer, Engineer Terry Manning
Written-By Bob Walkenhorst
Recorded at Ardent Studios/Alpha Sound, Memphis, May-July ’87
Mastered at Masterdisk, NYC
Printed inner sleeve.
Barcode: 0 42283 27951 3
Other (Cat# representation): U.K. MERH 118
Other (Cat# representation): INT. 832 795-1
Their follow-up album, 1987s Tornado, peaked at #116 on the U.S. chart. The Rainmakers released one more studio album in 1989′
5.0 out of 5 stars Far too good to be a great success
Ever since I heard my first Rainmakers song, probably Downstream, I have loved them. Everyone I know that has ever seen them, loves them. But, they could never get the following they deserve. Yes, WAGES OF SIN, and TORNADO OF LOVE are fantastic. But, at this point in my life, I was re-listening, and SMALL CIRCLES hit home…
“Now we make money and we’re alright
And we drive cars and wield our might
We make love to people that we don’t even like
As we move in small circles”.
5.0 out of 5 stars A criminally under-rated band…,
I found this cd and it is worth every penny, I’m surprised the Rainmakers weren’t popular at all back when they came out. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Danceable hook ridden midwest rock that made the mistake of actually trying to say something.,
This is one of my very favorite albums of all time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Rainmakers Album,
Another great album for the little-known Kansas City bank from the 1980s. Although many say this album on a national label for them was not as good as expected and signalled the end for them, I disagree and think it is still a great album to listen to and carries on the style they always had, whether as the Rainmakers or predecessor Steve Bob & Rich. I would recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, underrated band,
I haven’t thought about this band in years, then “Small Circles” popped up on my radio. After The Rainmakers broke up, Bob used to play at the Buzzard Beach when I worked there, and even my black and jaded soul never tired of hearing these songs over and over.
Bouncy tunes, a cool horn section and lyrics that can make you laugh out loud one minute and break your heart the next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great group.., Too bad they are under-appreciated!
I like what this band is doing. They have their own unique style. Songs such as “Wages of Sin” seem to indicate these guys clearly know what they’re doing, and doing it right.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away,
Bob Walkenhorst and Co. are in fine stride on “Tornado”. It has both the trademark reflective honesty and the biting wit and sarcasm that we’ve grown to know and love by The Rainmakers. Walkenhorst is one of the most brilliant lyricists anytime anyplace anywhere. Give one listen to “Tornado” and you’ll see what I mean. If you’ve never heard the Makers, Bobs strong midwestern accent may take you aback at first, but after the 1st few tunes, you couldn’t hear these tunes any other way and it becomes a beloved character of the band. The experimentation of the band is also to be commended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the greatest albums of the 1980s,
Cutting edge stuff by a band with some very clever and catchy hooks and lyrics. Not a weak song on the album. “Rainmaker” and “Wages of Sin” go down as two of my favorite songs ever. They should have been huge. However, their sound is still alive today in a ton of other pretender bands, trying to capture that soul.