So if you can detect compression, that may be where it originates. Anyway, Jimmy put on a great show. As it happened he unfortunately released it as a single album. The rest is a joke. Go find a woman and youll find love, And dont forget son, There is someone up above. Page recorded the music at his personal studio.
I don't think it's fair to call it a disaster, but it's definitely a disappointment. It looked to be sold out if I recall correctly and the arena holds about 15,000. And that's what he managed to accomplish - Outrider is not a classic by a small measure of creativity. The album has some really outstanding guitar playing, and cool choices, texturally speaking. I enjoy the Chris Farlow tracks, but maybe that's a generation thing. And I really like that album, it's my ultimate guitar album.
To me, the highlight of this disc is Midnight Moonlight Lady. Of course, I'm not referring to Dave's outings as a sideman with Townshend and Macca. I had heard some of the record 18 years ago on cassette, but it didn't hit me how good it is until now. There must have been a deal that the track with Robert Plant The Only One wouldn't be promoted as a single so as to not re-ignite Led Zep reunion rumors. I was playing music on that tour going right back to. It's demo-like compared with those overproduced albums that came out at the time. What I heard is simply the best 40 minutes of blues drenched heavy rock that's gotten my attention in a long time.
For Outrider, Jimmy did quite well in some places, not so good in others. It also seemed very short, though it was probably about 36 mins long. It didn't do very well—doesn't matter—but I did tour. Westwood One recorded 4 shows, Cleveland being one of them. The playing and sounds Jimmy got out of his guitars on Outrider are no worse than anything in Page's career, technically speaking.
. Years later, Jimmy Page reflected on the album in rather positive terms: Outrider's all right. Released 19 June 1988 1988-06-19 Recorded Early 1987 Studio , , , England, United Kingdom , Length 39: 50 Jimmy Page chronology 1986 Outrider 1988 1993 Outrider is an album by , released by on 19 June 1988. The mp3's that I have posted of this release were also ripped right from the disc by myself. The instrumental tracks seemed listless and undeveloped - like sketches of demos, not completed works. Almost everything sounded sloppy and not sloppy-good like a lot of the Led Zep material.
If my memory is correct, the entire upstairs was empty for Page, and some places in the lower bowl were spotty the floor was sold out. Plant was playing there the next night and I guess he was actually watching some of Jimmy's show from the side of the stage but he never came out! Dipping into my little concert log, it looks like I saw Plant at the Meadowlands Arena on 5-17-88 and Page in the same venue on 10-26-88. I don't think it's fair to call it a disaster, but it's definitely a disappointment. Credits Photography Drums Assistant Engineer Drums, Guest Artist Composer, Vocals Vocals Bass Artwork, Cover Coordinator Bass Bass Mastering Engineer, Mixing Composer, Vocals Composer, Cover Art Concept, Guitar Acoustic , Guitar Electric , Guitar Synthesizer , Primary Artist, Producer, Synthesizer Composer, Guest Artist, Vocals Composer. The instrumental tracks seemed listless and undeveloped - like sketches of demos, not completed works. I photoshopped and corrected the track listing. The three instrumental tracks, on the other hand, sound great on their own and they are worthy of Jimmy.
But that song was really good, and it was easily the most radio-ready of the tracks on the album. Yeah, it's a head-scratcher, but it happened, probably enough to scare Page into the mindset he's been in for 30 years -- Zep or bust. How was Outrider received by the time of it's release? Plant looked like a star. Be something you love and understand. And be a simple kind of man.
It also seemed very short, though it was probably about 36 mins long. The expectation was that anything Jimmy did after Zep would sound like Zep, and that he would be the dominant influence in whatever project he was involved with, the same way David Gilmour is with whatever he's done solo or with the Roger-less Floyd. Jimmy played the Joe Louis Arena and I'm pretty sure it was close to sold out as I was in the upper bowl side stage. You can make an excellent 1-cd compilation from the best of the two Firm albums, Outrider, and Coverdale Page. So when the real thing arrived in the form of a Jimmy Page solo album, with special guests Jason Bonham and Robert Plant, the radio folks said, nah, it's not commercial enough. Must have been 13,000 - 15,000 people there. I can recall feeling somewhat underwhelmed by it, feeling that it didn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.
I recall Q giving it a four-star rating, which prompted my purchase. So trip out on this one and be sure to turn it up to really annoy your landlord or your passengers on your way to Chicago, or heaven or Kashmir. The instrumentals are a mixed bunch. Since the dates were so close, my buddies and I were geeked at the possibility of one of them joining the other but it never happened. I also didn't think Chris Farlowe was a good fit for what Jimmy was trying to do. Not everybody liked that idea. Anyway, Jimmy put on a great show.