Outlaws (Outlaws album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1975
RecordedMarch 1975
Elektra Sound Recorders,
Los Angeles, CA
GenreSouthern rock, country rock
ProducerPaul A. Rothchild
Outlaws chronology
Lady in Waiting
Singles from Outlaws
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Outlaws is the debut studio album by American southern rock band Outlaws, released in 1975. The album is known for the rock classic "Green Grass & High Tides", which is considered by many to be one of the greatest guitar songs, plus the hit single "There Goes Another Love Song". A cover version of "Green Grass & High Tides" appears as a playable song in the video game Rock Band.

Drawing influences from southern rock bands The Allman Brothers & Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as folk rock and country rock bands such as The Byrds, Poco, Eagles, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, the band developed a unique, hard-driving country rock sound, due in part to the quick pickin' quasi-country style guitar playing of Hughie Thomasson, coupled with their use of three and four part harmonies. They even incorporated elements of bluegrass on the album.

The album was also the first produced by a Southern rock band, to feature three front men. Thomasson, Henry Paul, and Bill Jones, all wrote and provided lead vocals. Paul's vocals and his self penned "Song in the Breeze", "Stay with Me" and "Knoxville Girl" brought the strong country flavor to the album, while Billy Jones teamed with Thomasson for the dueling Southern rock guitar sound.

The album, with its blend of Southern rock, country rock, hard rock, was well received by critics, and also helped the band become a huge concert draw. It peaked at #13 on the billboard 200.

Meaning of "Green Grass and High Tides"[edit]

For years it was thought by many that "Green Grass & High Tides" was about marijuana, but according to writer Hughie Thomasson that is not the case at all. He once stated that it is about all his dead rock star favorites like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Duane Allman and more coming back and playing a show just for him. The song's title is based on that of the 1966 Rolling Stones compilation Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass). Henry Paul once referred to the lyrics as Alice In Wonderland-like, while giving praise to Thomasson's creative songwriting.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."There Goes Another Love Song"Hughie Thomasson, Monte Yoho3:04
2."Song for You"Billy Jones3:34
3."Song in the Breeze"Henry Paul3:07
4."It Follows from Your Heart"Jones5:22
5."Cry No More"Jones4:21
Side two
6."Waterhole" (instrumental)Outlaws2:06
7."Stay With Me"Paul3:32
8."Keep Prayin'"Frank O'Keefe2:46
9."Knoxville Girl"Paul3:32
10."Green Grass & High Tides"Thomasson9:46
Total length:41:15





Chart (1975) Peak
Billboard Top LPs & Tapes 13
Year Single Chart Position
1975 "There Goes Another Love Song" Billboard Hot 100 34


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