Outsider

Produced by: Joshua J. Macrae and Roger Taylor
Recorded at: The Priory and El Gato Studios
UK EMI LP: 1 October 2021 EMI 00602435807010 / UK Chart #3

Side One
1. Tides 3:19
2. I Know, I Know, I Know (Taylor) 3:51
3. More Kicks (Long Day's Journey Into Night... Life) (Taylor) 4:56
4. Absolutely Anything (Taylor) 5:04
5. Gangsters Are Running This World (Taylor) 4:04
6. We're All Just Trying To Get By (Taylor) 2:52
  Side Two
7. Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version) (Taylor) 2:37
8. Isolation (Taylor) 3:24
9. The Clapping Song (Werner/Chase/Werne) 2:55
10. Outsider (Taylor) 3:41
11. Foreign Sand (English Mix) (Taylor/Yoshiki) 3:01
12. Journey's End (Taylor) 6:58

Related Songs

Surrender (2021 Remix by Filippo Cimatti) (Taylor) , London Town - C'mon Down (2021 Remix by Filippo Cimatti) (Taylor)

Singles

UK Singles
- Journey's End / Journey's End (Instrumental) RSD 10"
- Gangsters Are Running This World / Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version) digital download / Did Not Chart
- Gangsters Are Running This World c/w Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version) 7" box set
- Isolation digital download / Did Not Chart
- We're All Just Trying To Get By digital download / Did Not Chart
- The Clapping Song digital download / Did Not Chart

US Singles
- Journey's End / Tonight (Cocktail Mix) c/w Journey's End (Instrumental) / Revelation (The Hungry Mix) RSD 10" yellow vinyl

Album Info

Roger Taylor's sixth solo album, Outsider, was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020. Due to the pandemic, Queen + Adam Lambert concert tours were cancelled and Taylor was in lockdown for four months in Cornwall. The experience spawned the track Isolation, which was released as a digital download. Inspiration flowed as more tracks were written and recorded for what was becoming an album. A few stray songs from recent years were compiled and added to what became the final result. Outsider was released on October 1, 2021 in the UK, resulting in the best Queen solo charting album to date, reaching #3.

Journey's End was released simultaneously as an audio/video project in April 2017. The almost seven minute single was later released as a 10" colored vinyl for Record Store Day in the US later that year. A UK 10" single followed in April 2018.

Gangster's Are Running This World predated the album by two and a half years. Inspired by the impact right wing dictators such as Putin were having on the planet, Taylor was inspired to put his thoughts into song. The track was released as a digital download with the Purple Version. A 7" vinyl collector's box followed in November 2019.

We're All Just Trying To Get By was finished for the album when it was suggested KT Tunstall feature on the track. The final version features Tunstall's backing vocals. A video was recorded with both Taylor and Tunstall to promote the album.

Absolutely Anything was originally written and recorded for the 2015 Simon Pegg comedy of the same name. The song was featured in part during the opening credits but was never made officially available until Outsider was released.

Taylor revisited his 1994 hit Foreign Sand with a brand new arrangement and recording. The English Mix is a thoughtful, acoustic take on the Taylor/Yoshiki penned track.

Outsider was supported by a 2021 tour that was well reviewed by critics and fans alike. Familiar faces Spike Edney, Neil Fairclough and Tyler Warren along with Tina Keys and Christian Mendoza joined Roger onstage to perform fantastic live renditions of his Queen and solo work.

Tides

Tides (Album Version) 3:39
Appears on: Outsider, Track 1

I Know, I Know, I Know

I Know, I Know, I Know (Album Version) 3:51
Appears on: Outsider, Track 2

More Kicks (Long Day's Journey Into Life... Life)

More Kicks (Long Day's Journey Into Night... Life) (Album Version) 4:56
Appears on: Outsider, Track 3

Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything (Album Version) 5:04
Appears on: Outsider, Track 4

Gangsters Are Running This World

Gangsters Are Running This World (Album Version) 4:04
Appears on: Outsider, Track 5

An unannounced surprise release, Gangsters Are Running This World premiered as a lyric video on YouTube on April 1, 2019. A week later, the main track and the Purple Version were made available for download and streaming on most major outlets like iTunes. Thematically, the song follows the same sentiment as The Unblinking Eye, serving as a sort of protest song to the current political climate. The music follows the same style heard on Journey's End and the album Happiness. Hints to this song's release started to surface on Roger's clothing line, which featured lyrics from this song printed on various garments. The song was later included on Roger's 2021 album Outsider.

We're All Just Trying To Get By

We're All Just Trying To Get By (Album Version) 2:52
Appears on: Outsider, Track 6

Featuring KT Tunstall on backing vocals.

We're All Just Trying To Get By (BBC Radio 2 House Music Session) 3:28
Appears on: YouTube Video

Roger Taylor and his Outsider touring band made up of Spike Edney (keyboard), Neil Fairclough (bass), Tyler Warren (drums/percussion), Tina Keys (keyboard/violin), and Christian Mendoza (guitar) performed three songs for BBC Radio 2. The performances were recorded live at The Priory during rehearsals for Taylor's 2021 Outsider Tour.

Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version)

Gangsters Are Running This World (Purple Version) 2:37
Appears on: Outsider, Track 7

The so-called Purple Version of Gangsters Are Running This World is a major departure from the standard track. This version sounds like a completely different song, sharing almost nothing except a title. Musically, it is much more rock oriented, featuring more guitar and drums. It wouldn't be out of place on an album by The Cross. Lyrically, again, it is completely different from the main track.

Isolation

Isolation (Album Version) 3:24
Appears on: Outsider, Track 8

While on lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, Roger recorded a new song about these strange times. Isolation is a true solo project, with all instruments and vocals by Roger and production by Joshua J. Macrae. The song fits right in with the work he has done in recent years. Isolation was well received and topped the UK iTunes Rock Chart for a period of time. The track was later included on Roger's 2021 album Outsider.

The Clapping Song

The Clapping Song (Album Version) 2:55
Appears on: Outsider, Track 9

Outsider

Outsider (Album Version) 3:41
Appears on: Outsider, Track 10

Foreign Sand (English Mix)

Foreign Sand (English Mix) 3:01
Appears on: Outsider, Track 11

Journey's End

Journey's End 6:58
Appears on: Outsider, Track 12

Journey's End is an audio/video piece released by Roger Taylor in 2017 which topped the iTunes music video charts worldwide. The 7 minute epic was inspired by the many musician deaths of 2016 and deals with themes of Roger's own mortality. The track is reminiscent of songs from David Bowie's Blackstar album in both sound and lyrical content. An audio-only single was later made available as well.

Journey's End (Instrumental) 6:47

Appears on: US Journey's End 10" EP, UK Journey's End 10" EP

The instrumental of Journey's End is exactly what it sounds like; a full instrumental of the song with no lead vocals.

Radio Ga Ga (Live)

Radio Ga Ga (BBC Radio 2 House Music Session) 5:50
Appears on: YouTube Video

Roger Taylor and his Outsider touring band made up of Spike Edney (keyboard), Neil Fairclough (bass), Tyler Warren (drums/percussion), Tina Keys (keyboard/violin), and Christian Mendoza (guitar) performed three songs for BBC Radio 2. The performances were recorded live at The Priory during rehearsals for Taylor's 2021 Outsider Tour.

These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Live)

These Are The Days Of Our Lives (BBC Radio 2 House Music Session) 4:33
Appears on: YouTube Video

Roger Taylor and his Outsider touring band made up of Spike Edney (keyboard), Neil Fairclough (bass), Tyler Warren (drums/percussion), Tina Keys (keyboard/violin), and Christian Mendoza (guitar) performed three songs for BBC Radio 2. The performances were recorded live at The Priory during rehearsals for Taylor's 2021 Outsider Tour.