Outsideinside

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Outsideinside
Blue cheer outsideinside.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1968 (1968-08)
RecordedCalifornia & New York, 1968
Genre
Length32:44
LabelPhilips
ProducerAbe "Voco" Kesh
Blue Cheer chronology
Vincebus Eruptum
(1968)
Outsideinside
(1968)
New! Improved!
(1969)
Singles from Outsideinside
  1. "Just a Little Bit"
    Released: August 1968

Outsideinside is the second album by American power trio Blue Cheer. Philips Records released the album in August 1968, only seven months after their debut LP, Vincebus Eruptum.[1]

The album was recorded both outdoors and indoors—hence the title of the album.[1] The songs include contributions from all members, along with two covers: "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones and "The Hunter" by Albert King.[2] The album was re-released on CD in 1999 by Italian-based Akarma Records. It includes an additional song from the original sessions, titled "Fortunes", as a bonus track.

Outsideinside reached number 90 on the Billboard 200 album chart. "Just a Little Bit" was the first single from the album; it peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Background[edit]

Outsideinside was produced by Abe "Voco" Kesh and partially engineered by Eddie Kramer, who had worked with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Rolling Stones (and later engineered releases by Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and others). Some songs were recorded outdoors as well as in the studio.

The album's cover painting is by "Arab", and was designed by Gut Turk, a former Hells Angel. The album photographs were taken by famed rock photographer Jim Marshall. Outsideinside was the last record to feature the original Blue Cheer line-up; guitarist Leigh Stephens left the band after the album was released.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media(9.6/10)[2]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Mark Deming gave the album a rating of four out of five stars. He commented:

[Outsideinside] captures the psychedelic side of their musical personality with greater clarity than the blunt approach of the debut; Outsideinside doesn't sound trippy so much as righteously buzzed, and the speedy roar of this the music is big enough that the legend that parts of this were so loud they had to be recorded outside seems not just plausible, but perfectly reasonable.[1]

In a review of the two-for-one reissue of the album (coupled with Vincebus Eruptum), Pitchfork's Alexander Lloyd Linhardt gave Outsideinside a rating of 9.6 out of 10. He noted, "Outsideinside converts their [Blue Cheer's] stylistic enthusiasm and leathery attitude into structured song. If it doesn't sound as influential as Vincebus's cataclysmic insanity, it's because it defines 'classic' rock."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Details taken from the original Philips LP liner notes; other releases may show different information.

Side one
No.TitleWriterLength
1."Feathers from Your Tree"Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens, Peter Wagner3:29
2."Sun Cycle"Peterson, Stephens, Wagner4:12
3."Just a Little Bit"Peterson3:24
4."Gypsy Ball"Peterson, Stephens2:57
5."Come and Get It"Peterson, Stephens, Wagner3:13
Side two
No.TitleWriterLength
1."Satisfaction"Jagger/Richards5:07
2."The Hunter"Booker T. Jones4:22
3."Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger"Peterson, Stephens1:38
4."Babylon"Peterson4:22
Total length:32:44
Bonus track (Akarma CD version 2003)
No.TitleWriterLength
1."Fortunes"Peterson2:20

Recording locations[edit]

"Outside sessions"

  • Gate Five, Sausalito, California
  • Muir Beach, California
  • Pier 57, New York City

"Inside sessions"

  • A&R Studio, New York City
  • Olmstead Studios, New York City
  • Record Plant, New York City
  • Pacific Recorders, San Mateo, California

Personnel[edit]

Band

Guest musician

  • Ralph Burns Kellogg – keyboards, organ, reeds

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Deming, Mark. "Blue Cheer: Outsideinside – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Linhardt, Alexander Lloyd (October 7, 2003). "Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum / Outsideinside". pitchfork.com. Retrieved August 17, 2019.