Inside In

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Inside In
Studio album by Mike Gordon
Released August 19, 2003 (US)
Recorded 1999 & 2002
Genre Music
Length 46:28
Label JEMP
Producer Mike Gordon
Mike Gordon chronology
Clone - w/ Leo Kottke
Inside In
Sixty Six Steps - w/ Leo Kottke

Inside In is Mike Gordon's first solo album and was released August 19, 2003. This album was wholly produced during and after the movie, Outside Out and uses aural tracks from it. Included in the liner notes are lyrics to some tracks, art and design by Andrew Cunningham, photography by David Barron, confessions of a room, acronyms, a "good quote" from Col. Bruce Hampton, and "everything else unsaid".

Gordon formed a solo band to tour in support of the album in late 2003.

In 2006, Gordon created an audio and visual project with his mother, artist Marjorie Minkin, featuring sculpture designs set to the music of Inside In. During the summer, he toured with a backing band called Ramble Dove - named after the fictitious band in the Outside Out film.

The album was released on vinyl for the first time as a deluxe double-LP set in conjunction with Record Store Day on April 16, 2011, pressed on 180g orange vinyl and including "Minkinetics", "Trinners March" and "Be Your Tape", three previously unreleased outtake tracks from the album (available only on vinyl).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Robert L. Doerschuk praised the album and wrote "One would expect a down-home virtuoso performance from any alumnus of Phish, and that's what you get with Inside In... There's no better way to describe this weird and accessible mix: Inside In is far out."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Mike Gordon unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Take Me Out" – 3:03
  2. "Bone Delay" – 4:20
  3. "Admoop" – 1:56
  4. "Outside Out" – 3:23
  5. "The Beltless Buckler" – 3:22
  6. "Soulfood Man" – 3:28
  7. "The Teacher" – 3:31
  8. "Gatekeeper" – 3:22
  9. "Couch Lady" – 4:01
  10. "Major Minor" – 3:43
  11. "The Lesson" – 3:00
  12. "Exit Wound" (Mike Gordon, Amy Echo, Scott Ellism, Jeff Schartoff, Mike Tempesta) – 3:22
  13. "Steel Bones" (Gordon, Bernie Green) – 5:55
  14. "Take Me Out II" – 2:24
  15. "Take Me Outro" – 2:09

Album Outtakes (available on vinyl release only)[edit]

  1. "Minkinetics"
  2. "Trinners March"
  3. "Be Your Tape"


  • Mike Gordon – banjo, bass, guitar, percussion, pedal steel, accordion, keyboards, sound effects, vocals, tubular bells, bass harmonica
  • Elizabeth Combs Beglin – vocals, spoken word
  • Buddy Cage – pedal steel guitar
  • Vassar Clements – fiddle
  • Jeff Coffin – clarinet
  • Jon Fishman – drums
  • Béla Fleck – banjo
  • Future Man – percussion
  • Col. Bruce Hampton – guitar, vocals
  • James Harvey – piano, trombone, keyboards, clavinet
  • Ida James – spoken word
  • Gabe Jarrett – drums
  • Craig Johnson – trumpet
  • Jeff Lawson – drums
  • Russ Lawton – drums
  • Stuart Paton – percussion
  • Jared Slomoff – trumpet, background vocals
  • Gordon Stone – pedal steel guitar
  • Jimi Stout – spoken word
  • Heloise Williams – vocals


  1. ^ a b Doerschuk, Robert L. "Inside In > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 

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