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
Studio The Sol, Cookham, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 39:50
Label Geffen
Producer Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page chronology
Mean Business
(1986)Mean Business1986
Outrider
(1988)
Coverdale • Page
(1993)Coverdale • Page1993

Outrider is an album by Jimmy Page, released by Geffen Records on 19 June 1988. It is his first solo studio album (and his only one as of 2018) 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.

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
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[3]
Chicago TribuneUnfavorable[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[5]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[7]
SpinFavorable[8]

The album reached No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart,[9] also peaking at No. 27 on the UK Album Chart.[10]

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.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wasting My Time"Page, John Miles4:28
2."Wanna Make Love"Page, Miles5:20
3."Writes of Winter" (Instrumental)Page3:27
4."The Only One"Page, Robert Plant4:27
5."Liquid Mercury"Page3:04
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Hummingbird"Leon Russell5:22
7."Emerald Eyes"Page3:20
8."Prison Blues"Page, Chris Farlowe7:10
9."Blues Anthem (If I Cannot Have Your Love...)"Page, Farlowe3:24

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

Technical

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak position
UK Albums Chart[10] 27
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 28
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart[9] 26
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[13] 25
Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart[14] 25
German Albums Chart[15] 50

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Wasting My Time" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[16] 4
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[17] 83
"The Only One" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[18] 13
"Prison Blues" US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart[19] 26

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States (RIAA) 500,000+ Gold[20]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! UK Albums of 1988[21] 1988 16

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. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jimmy Page - Outrider review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  4. ^ Lynn, Van Matre (17 July 1988). "Jimmy Page Goes Solo In `Outrider`". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 257. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  6. ^ Jeffries, Neil (2 July 1988). "Jimmy Page - 'Outrider'". Kerrang!. No. 194. 
  7. ^ David, Fricke (25 August 1988). "Jimmy Page: Outrider". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  8. ^ Christensen, Thor (September 1988). "Jimmy Page - Outrider". Spin. Vol. 4 no. 6. p. 90. Retrieved 2018-05-15. 
  9. ^ a b "The Billboard 200 – 30 July 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  10. ^ a b "Top 100 Albums – 2 July 1988". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "I first met Jimmy on Tolworth Broadway, holding a bag of exotic fish...", Uncut, January 2009, p. 47.
  12. ^ "Top 60 Albums – 6 July 1988". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  13. ^ "RPM Albums Chart – 6 August 1988". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 Albums – 7 August 1988". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums – August 1988". charts-surfer.de. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  16. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 9 July 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  17. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 27 August 1988". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  18. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 20 August 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  19. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 8 October 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  20. ^ "RIAA.org Outrider – 23 August 1988". RIAA. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  21. ^ "Kerrang! Albums of 1988". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-19.