The Outsiders had the inside track to the top of the charts in the late '60s. This Cleveland bar band scored their biggest hit "Time Won't Let Me" in 1966. This compilation features the best of their work; you may recognize the voice of lead singer Sonny Geraci - he later led the band Climax ("Precious & Few").
The Outsiders: Sonny Geraci (vocals); Bill Bruno, Tom King (guitar); Mert Madsen (bass); Rick Baker (drums).
Producers: Tom King, Richard Delvy, Sonny Garaci, Richard D'Amato.
Compilation producer: Ron Furmanek.
Recorded at Cleveland Recording Company, Cleveland, Ohio and Columbia Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Steve Kolanjian.
Digitally remastered by Larry Walsh (December 1990, Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California).
Audio Remixers: Larry Walsh; Ron Furmanek.
Liner Note Authors: Ron Furmanek; Steve Kolanjian.
Recording information: Cleveland Recording Company, Cleveland, OH (09/30/1965-07/18/1968); Columbia Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (09/30/1965-07/18/1968).
Photographer: Larry DuPont.
Although they really only had a three-year recording career, Cleveland's the Outsiders managed at least two enduring pop hits, 1966's "Time Won't Let Me" and "Respectable," and churned out four fairly decent albums for Capitol Records, each of which shows a sharply defined garage pop sound with artful use of horns and other suitable arrangement effects. This set has everything essential, including the above hits and near misses like "Girl in Love." ~ Steve Leggett