Outside Woman Blues

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"Outside Woman Blues"
Single by Blind Joe Reynolds
Format 78rpm record
Recorded November 1929 at Grafton, Wisconsin
Genre Blues
Length 2:59
Label Paramount Records
Writer(s) Blind Joe Reynolds

"Outside Woman Blues" is a standard blues song originally recorded by Blind Joe Reynolds in 1929. The song has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by Cream in 1967.


"Outside Woman Blues" is one of few known recordings made by Blind Joe Reynolds. Other songs recorded by Blind Joe have the words "Woman Blues" in the title including "Cold Woman Blues", "Goose Hill Woman Blues", and "Third Street Woman Blues".

Cream version[edit]

"Outside Woman Blues"
Song by Cream from the album Disraeli Gears
Released November 1967
Recorded May 1967 at Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 3:27
Label Reaction (UK)
Atco (US)
Polydor (US Reissue)
Writer Arthur Reynolds
Producer Felix Pappalardi
Disraeli Gears track listing
"We're Going Wrong"
"Outside Woman Blues"
"Take It Back"
Music sample

Cream's first version of "Outside Woman Blues" appeared on their 1967 album Disraeli Gears that clocked in at 3:27 and had a writing credit given to Arthur Reynolds with arrangement by Eric Clapton.[1] This song was one of the more bluesier tunes on an album known for its Psychedelic sound, along with the Jack Bruce/Pete Brown composition "Take It Back". It was also one of only two remakes on the album, along with "Mother's Lament".

The song also appears on the Cream live albums BBC Sessions and Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005. The song appears on the compilation album Those Were the Days.

Eric Clapton has performed the song live as a solo artist.

Other cover versions[edit]

The following list of artist have also recorded version(s) of "Outside Woman Blues":[2]

  • The song was also performed by the Jimi Hendrix led group Band of Gypsys.
  • Gwyn Ashton released a version on Two Man Blues Army.
  • Son Lewis has performed the song several times.
  • Rick Derringer performed the song on L.A. Blues Authority: Cream of the Crop.
  • Pat Travers performed the song on Blues Tracks Vol. 2, 1998.


  1. ^ Disraeli Gears Polydor Reissue Liner Notes
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=17:3268562
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZp7NjD7gLU Video no longer available
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXQIYaQJKac

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