Outrider (album)

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Outrider
A blurred black-and-white photograph of Page holding a guitar, wearing a pinstripe suit
Studio album by Jimmy Page
Released 19 June 1988 (1988-06-19)
Recorded Early 1987, The Sol, Cookham, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 39:50
Label Geffen
Producer Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page chronology
Whatever Happened to Jugula?
(1985)
Outrider
(1988)
Coverdale • Page
(1993)

Outrider is an album by Jimmy Page, released by Geffen Records on 19 June 1988. It is his first solo studio album and the first time since 1969 he has recorded with a record label other than Atlantic Records/Swan Song Records. Page recorded the music at his personal studio The Sol. Robert Plant guests on one track, "The Only One", while John Bonham's son Jason plays drums 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] Page didn't record any demos prior to recording the album itself.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars link
Unfavorable link
Rolling Stone Favorable link
Spin

The album reached #26 on Billboard's Billboard 200 chart,[3] also peaking at #27 on the UK Album Chart.[4]

Years later, Jimmy 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.[5]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! UK Albums of 1988[6] 1988 16

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (1988) Peak Position
UK Albums Chart[4] 27
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 28
US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart[3] 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[edit]

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

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wasting My Time"   Page, Miles 4:28
2. "Wanna Make Love"   Page, Miles 5:20
3. "Writes of Winter" (Instrumental) Page 3:27
4. "The Only One"   Page, Plant 4:27
5. "Liquid Mercury" (Instrumental) Page 3:04
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Hummingbird"   Leon Russell 5:22
7. "Emerald Eyes" (Instrumental) Page 3:20
8. "Prison Blues"   Page, Farlowe 7:10
9. "Blues Anthem (If I Cannot Have Your Love...)"   Page, Farlowe 3:24

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Technical personnel
  • Peter Ashworth – photography
  • Dick Beetham – assistant engineering
  • Steve Hoyland – assistant engineering
  • JL – artwork and cover co-ordination
  • George Marino – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • Leif Mases – engineering, mixing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press, p. 166.
  2. ^ Kay, Max; Scoppa, Bud (2011-09-19). "Jimmy Page Discusses His New Solo Album, 'Outrider,' and More in 1988 Guitar World Interview, Part 1 (Page 3)". Guitar World. Harris Publications. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ a b "The Billboard 200 – 30 July 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Top 100 Albums – 2 July 1988". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  5. ^ "I first met Jimmy on Tolworth Broadway, holding a bag of exotic fish...", Uncut, January 2009, p. 47.
  6. ^ "Kerrang! Albums of 1988". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  7. ^ "Top 60 Albums – 6 July 1988". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  8. ^ "RPM Albums Chart – 6 August 1988". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 Albums – 7 August 1988". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Albums – August 1988". charts-surfer.de. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  11. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 9 July 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  12. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 27 August 1988". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 20 August 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 8 October 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  15. ^ "RIAA.org Outrider – 23 August 1988". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-01-19.