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I think Emerald Eyes is the best track on Outrider because he created a certain atmosphere that I liked and his use of electric/acoustic guitars, and guitar synth was really a nice blend. Writes of Winter has some really fine leads on it and Bonhams performance is good as well. Then there's the 3rd instrumental...can't think of the name....

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^^^ That's right - Record Convention! I was a little off yesterday. I'm not surprised that the traditional Record Convention is fading, but you might want to try a Guitar Show if they come around. Same kind of set up basically - huge room in a hotel or something similar...various vendors at tables with like, 10,000 guitars...but the ones I've gone to always seem to have a table or two where guys are selling bootlegs. It seems vaguely out of place, but I'm always happy to see them. Anyway, these guitar shows are alive and kickin' on a national level. And I seem to remember you're from New Orleans or around there. I'm sure they have them there.

I'll check out a guitar show, thanks. I used to hit the record conventions, not too many happening anymore like you said. Thanks again.

--Eric

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"Jimmy's solo with the lasers was a highlight, never seen anything like it at the time."

Was that like the lasers with The Firm? They formed a triangle around him during the bow sequence of Dazed and Confused. Best concert moment I ever had.

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"Jimmy's solo with the lasers was a highlight, never seen anything like it at the time."

Was that like the lasers with The Firm? They formed a triangle around him during the bow sequence of Dazed and Confused. Best concert moment I ever had.

With the Firm Jimmy had the pyramid laser show, on the Outrider show I remember the lasers being used to very good effect during

the intro to OTHAFW, I can't remember if he did a bow/laser interlude on Outrider. someone here with a better memory than me will know?

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He absolutely used the laser pyramid in '88. I remember it well, sitting in the 4th row @ the Tampa show. Everytime he struck the guitar with the bow, the laser pyramid would turn and I believe add more sides to it. It was the first time I had ever seen it and was completely blown away! By the end of the bow segment, the pyramid was just spinning around him as continued to just smack away at the Les Paul. That show was so mesmerizing, watching him use the slide during IMTOD was another personal highlight - he really had that old majick flowing that night!

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Thank you Walter, I saw the Hammersmith UK show, and I really could not remember.

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"Everytime he struck the guitar with the bow, the laser pyramid would turn and I believe add more sides to it. It was the first time I had ever seen it and was completely blown away! By the end of the bow segment, the pyramid was just spinning around him as continued to just smack away at the Les Paul." Exactly like The Firm show I saw. That was a magical night and it was the first time I saw Page perform live after salivating over those Zeppelin albums for over a decade so I was like a little kid coming down the stairs to find Santa Claus playing air guitar by the Christmas tree.

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25 Years Ago: Jimmy Page’s ‘Outrider’ Album Released

by Jeff Giles

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimmy-page-outrider/

Jimmy Page was a band player before he started Led Zeppelin, and he returned to the group ranks after Zeppelin’s breakup in 1980, starting the Firm with former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. But by the late ’80s, he was ready to step out on his own.

The result was Page’s first proper solo release, 1988′s ‘Outrider,’ which found one of rock’s most respected guitarists working with a cast of characters that included former Firm bassist Tony Franklin, Zeppelin drummer John Bonham‘s son Jason, and vocalists John Miles and Chris Farlowe — as well as Led Zep singer Robert Plant, who contributed vocals to one song, ‘The Only One.’

If that description makes ‘Outrider’ sound like a bit of a hodgepodge, there’s good reason. Although Page was initially rumored to be recording an ambitious double-album set whose songs would be grouped according to genre, those plans had to be scaled back after he was forced to start from scratch partway through the demoing process.

“I remember looking around for some demos and sort of wondering where all my tapes were,” he later explained to Brad Tolinski, author of ‘Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page.’ “There was so much going on around my house and in my life at that time, I just figured they’d turn up somewhere. Well, they did turn up — as bootlegs! Someone who was pretending to be a friend stole the tapes.”

That setback put a completely different spin on the ‘Outrider’ recording process — although as Page went on to admit to Tolinski, he might not have made it a double LP anyway. “Because I was shaping ‘Outrider’ as I went along, I put more work into it than any other album I’ve ever worked on,” he claimed. “Consequently, I didn’t fancy doing a double — it would have been a masochistic task.”

Fortunately, Page had the luxury of working within a fairly sophisticated home studio system, which allowed him to build the tracks as he went along without racking up astronomical bills. “There weren’t any demos…Everything was basically made up in the studio, you see,” he explained during an interview with Guitar World. “I just play the guitar, don’t I? That is my characteristic and it’s my identity as you hear it. I suppose as far as this album goes, in a way it’s almost like a back-to-basics album.”

He ended up with a nine-song set comprised of eight originals and a cover of Leon Russell’s ‘Hummingbird,’ with three instrumentals mixed in among the six vocal numbers. Focused on the arrangements, which included a ton of guitar overdubs, Page left responsibility for the lyrics to his singers. As he put it to Guitar World, “I don’t sing, so I think if a guy’s doing the lyrics, he’s gonna sing them with more conviction than if he’s doing yours, so to speak. That was the concept there, anyway.”

Although ‘Outrider’ cracked the Top 30 on both sides of the Atlantic, it wasn’t the sort of critical or commercial success he’d enjoyed with Led Zeppelin — and his former band’s legacy shadowed the new album in more ways than one. As Page later admitted to Tolinski, “When I went to the U.S. to do publicity for the ‘Outrider’ album, all I heard was ‘Robert said this’ and ‘Robert said that.’ It was really bothersome. I continually had to say, ‘Aren’t we supposed to be talking about ‘Outrider’?”

On the other hand, as he told Guitar World, “I started a solo career prob’ly pretty late in the day, possibly.” At the time, he expressed hope that ‘Outrider’ was just “the first projected element” of an ongoing series of solo records, saying, “And then, each album that I do is gonna be different, hopefully. So this was just like … it gave a taste of the different guitar styles that I do.”

As fans know, things didn’t exactly turn out that way; in fact, Page wouldn’t resurface with a new album until 1993, when he returned with the short-lived David Coverdale duo project Coverdale/Page before reuniting with Plant for a pair of recordings in the ’90s. These days, Page’s musical ambitions have taken a back seat to his duties as the Zeppelin archivist, but once the band’s next round of reissues is out of the way, who knows? One of these days, maybe we’ll get to hear a proper follow-up to ‘Outrider.’

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Steve, am I correct in assuming that you added the small print comments about mandible transplants, dry ice, etc.?

Creem (October 1988) (USA)

198810CreemFrontCover.jpg

198810CreemUSAPg1of4.jpg

198810CreemUSAPg2of4.jpg

198810CreemUSAPg3of4.jpg

198810CreemUSAPg4of4.jpg

Scans courtesy Steve A. Jones Archive

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Steve, am I correct in assuming that you added the small print comments about mandible transplants, dry ice, etc.?

Those captions appeared in the original article; Creem was an amusingly irreverent rock music magazine throughout it's existence.

Edited by SteveAJones

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Good article. I wonder if Page still has his autographed Jerry Lee Lewis albums?

Creem Close-Up Metal (December 1988) (USA)

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAFrontCover.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg1of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg2of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg3of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg4of4.jpg

Scans courtesy Steve A. Jones Archive

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As a guitar record, Outrider proves Page is still the sultan of slash, the kaiser of krunch. But where he once held the hammer of the gods, he now sounds a bit dazed and confused.

David Fricke can B-L-O-W M-E!!! Outrider is a very good, solid effort in an era where most bands were posing, rock-star wanna-be's and Jimmy came along and showed them all - once again - how it should be done!!! F*** Rolling Stone and their continued hatred of all things Zep!!!

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Hi Dr Death!

Glad to see you back here...^^ What you stated, I completely agree :peace:

Edit: SAJ, thanks for posting the articles:-)

Edited by Deborah J

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Creem Close-Up Metal (December 1988) (USA)

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAFrontCover.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg1of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg2of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg3of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg4of4.jpg

Scans courtesy Steve A. Jones Archive

Creem Close-Up Metal (December 1988) (USA)

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAFrontCover.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg1of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg2of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg3of4.jpg

198812CreemcloseupMetalUSAPg4of4.jpg

Scans courtesy Steve A. Jones Archive

Thanks, Steve. I own the first one but not this. I can't wait to read it more closely. I love Outrider and wished Jimmy could have made it 2 albums as he planned orginally.

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Pagemeister: Thanks for posting this. Absolutely fantastic!! I don't think the song is synced to the video though. Kinda funny. The music was fabulous anyway. One of my very favorites by Jimmy and Chris.

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