Outrider

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Outrider
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Type Studio album
Artist Jimmy Page
Release Date 19 June 1988
Recorded February 1987 at the Sol Studio, Cookham, Berkshire.
Mixed at the Sol Studio, Cookham, Berkshire.
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock
Language English
Length 39 minutes 50 seconds
Label Geffen Records
Catalogue GHS 24188 (US), WX 155 (UK)
Producer Jimmy Page
Engineer Leif Mases

Outrider is an album by Jimmy Page, released by Geffen Records on 19 June 1988. It is his first solo album, and the first time since 1969 he recorded with another label other than Atlantic Records/Swan Song Records.

Overview

It was recorded at the Sol, Page's personal studio. Robert Plant guests on one track, 'The Only One', while John Bonham's son Jason drums with Page for the first time on record. This was originally intended to be a two album release. However, during the early recording stages of this album, Page's house was broken into and amongst the items stolen were the demo tapes which had been recorded up to that point.[1] The album reached #26 on Billboard's Billboard 200 chart, also peaking at #27 on the UK Album Chart. Three of the stolen tracks later showed up on a bootleg recording - 'Judas Touch', 'Muddy Water Blues' and an updated cover of 'Train Kept A-Rollin.[2]

Years later, Page reflected on the album in rather positive terms:

Outrider's all right. It's demo-like compared with those overproduced albums that came out at the time. It didn't do very well - doesn't matter - but I did tour. I was playing music on that tour going right back to the Yardbirds. Jason [Bonham] was the drummer on that tour.[3]

Track list

Album information

Track listing:

  • Side One:
  1. 'Wasting My Time' (Jimmy Page, John Miles) – 4:28
  2. 'Wanna Make Love' (Jimmy Page, John Miles) – 5:20
  3. 'Writes of Winter' (Jimmy Page) – 3:25
  4. 'The Only One' (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 4:25
  5. 'Liquid Mercury' (Jimmy Page) - 3:03
  • Side Two:
  1. 'Hummingbird' (Leon Russell) – 5:22
  2. 'Emerald Eyes' (Jimmy Page) – 3:20
  3. 'Prison Blues' (Jimmy Page, Chris Farlowe) – 7:07
  4. 'Blues Anthem (If I Cannot Have Your Love...)' (Jimmy Page, Chris Farlowe) – 3:20

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! UK Albums of 1988[4] 1988 16

Chart positions

Album

Chart (1988) Peak Position
UK Albums Chart[5] 27
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 28
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[7] 26
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[8] 25
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[9] 25
German Albums Chart[10] 50

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1988 'Wasting My Time' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[11] 4
1988 'Wasting My Time' Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[12] 83
1988 'The Only One' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[13] 13
1988 'Prison Blues' US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[14] 26

Sales certifications

Album

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[15]

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer, backing vocals, producer
    • Robert Plant – vocals ('The Only One')
    • Chris Farlowe - vocals ('Hummingbird', 'Prison Blues', and 'Blues Anthem')
    • John Miles - vocals ('Wasting My Time' and 'Wanna Make Love')
    • Tony Franklin – bass guitar ('Wasting My Time')
    • Felix Krish - bass guitar ('The Only One', 'Liquid Mercury', 'Emerald Eyes', 'Prison Blues', and 'Blues Anthem')
    • Durban Laverde - bass guitar ('Wanna Make Love', 'Writes of Winter', and 'Hummingbird')
    • Jason Bonham - drums, percussion
    • Barriemore Barlow - drums, percussion ('Liquid Mercury' and 'Emerald Eyes')
  • Production:
    • Leif Mases – engineer, mixing
    • Steve Hoyland - assistant engineer
    • Dick Beetham - assistant engineer
    • George Marino - mastering
    • JL - artwork and cover co-ordination
    • Peter Ashworth - photography

Notes

  1. Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press, p. 166.
  2. The Led Zeppelin In-Frequently Murmured Trivia List
  3. 'I first met Jimmy on Tolworth Broadway, holding a bag of exotic fish...', Uncut, January 2009, p. 47.
  4. Kerrang! Albums of 1988. rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  5. Top 100 Albums - 2 July 1988. chartstats.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  6. Top 60 Albums - 6 July 1988. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  7. The Billboard 200 - 30 July 1988. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  8. RPM Albums Chart - 6 August 1988. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  9. Top 50 Albums - 7 August 1988. ARIA. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.
  10. Top 100 Albums - August 1988. charts-surfer.de. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.
  11. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 9 July 1988. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  12. RPM Singles Chart - 27 August 1988. RPM. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  13. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 20 August 1988. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  14. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 8 October 1988. Billboard. Retrieved on 2009-01-15.
  15. RIAA.org Outrider - 23 August 1988. RIAA. Retrieved on 2009-01-19.