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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.

Outrider
A blurred black-and-white photograph of Page holding a guitar, wearing a pinstripe suit
Studio album by
Released19 June 1988 (1988-06-19)
RecordedEarly 1987
StudioThe Sol, Cookham, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
GenreBlues rock, hard rock
Length39:50
LabelGeffen
ProducerJimmy Page
Jimmy Page chronology
Mean Business
(1986)
Outrider
(1988)
Coverdale • Page
(1993)

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]

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Chicago TribuneUnfavorable[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[5]
Kerrang!     [6]
Rolling Stone     [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 listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Wasting My Time"Page, John MilesJohn Miles4:28
2."Wanna Make Love"Page, MilesJohn Miles5:20
3."Writes of Winter"Pageinstrumental3:27
4."The Only One"Page, Robert PlantRobert Plant4:27
5."Liquid Mercury"Pageinstrumental3:04
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Hummingbird"Leon RussellChris Farlowe5:22
7."Emerald Eyes"Pageinstrumental3:20
8."Prison Blues"Page, Chris FarloweChris Farlowe7:10
9."Blues Anthem (If I Cannot Have Your Love...)"Page, FarloweChris Farlowe3:24

PersonnelEdit

Musicians

Technical

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

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

SinglesEdit

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

CertificationsEdit

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

AccoladesEdit

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

TourEdit

Date City Country Venue
2 September 1988 Miami United States Miami Arena
6 September 1988 Atlanta The Omni
8 September 1988 Miami James L. Knight Center
9 September 1988 Tampa USF Sun Dome
11 September 1988 Houston The Summit
14 September 1988 Austin Frank Erwin Center
16 September 1988 El Paso The Special Effects Centre
17 September 1988 Mesa Mesa Ampitheatre
23 September 1988 Dallas Coca-Cola Starplex
24 September 1988 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
7 October 1988 Los Angeles LA Forum
8 October 1988 San Diego SDSU State Theatre
11 October 1988 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
14 October 1988 Kansas City Memorial Hall
16 October 1988 Bloomington Met Center
17 October 1988 Chicago UIC Pavilion
19 October 1988 Cleveland Public Auditorium
21 October 1988 Dayton Hara Arena
22 October 1988 Detroit Joe-Louis Arena
25 October 1988 Rochester Rochester Arena War Memorial
26 October 1988 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena
28 October 1988 Uniondale Nassau Colisuem
29 October 1988 Worcester Worcester Centrum
30 October 1988 Philadelphia The Spectrum
3 November 1988 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4 November 1988 Syracuse Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium
5 November 1988 Troy RPI Fieldhouse
8 November 1988 Landover Capital Center
9 November 1988 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque
11 November 1988 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
12 November 1988 New York The Ritz
13 November 1988
21 November 1988 Birmingham United Kingdom The Hummingbird
23 November 1988 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
24 November 1988 London Hammersmith Odeon
25 November 1988
26 November 1988 Manchester Manchester Apollo

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press, p. 166.
  2. ^ Kay, Max; Scoppa, Bud (19 September 2011). "Jimmy Page Discusses His New Solo Album, 'Outrider,' and More in 1988 Guitar World Interview, Part 1 (Page 3)". Guitar World. Harris Publications. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jimmy Page - Outrider review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Lynn, Van Matre (17 July 1988). "Jimmy Page Goes Solo In `Outrider`". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 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 14 May 2018.
  8. ^ Christensen, Thor (September 1988). "Jimmy Page - Outrider". Spin. Vol. 4 no. 6. p. 90. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b "The Billboard 200 – 30 July 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  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 17 January 2009.
  13. ^ "RPM Albums Chart – 6 August 1988". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Top 50 Albums – 7 August 1988". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums – August 1988". charts-surfer.de. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 9 July 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  17. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 27 August 1988". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  18. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 20 August 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  19. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks – 8 October 1988". billboard.com. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  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 19 January 2009.