An album of songs by John Ryan, a song-writer from Cork, released in 1986. As far as I can tell The Outsiders was a studio-only one-off project designed to showcase Ryan's song. This LP was the sole release by thid project. It came out on Old Mill Records.
The album features four vocalists -- Honor Heffernan, Geraldine Walsh, Sean Gill and Paul Doran (who composed the Self-Aid song) -- who together with John Ryan are listed as The Outsiders on the back cover. The musicians on the album are listed separately. They include Bill Whelan (Planxty, Riverdance, etc), Declan Sinnot (Horslips, Mary Black), Carl Geraghty, Don Baker, Philip Begley, Eoghan O'Neill (Moving Hearts, a.o.) and Noel Bridgeman (Skid Row, Brush Shiels Band).
"An album out of nowhere (or so it seems to me) featuring the songs of John Ryan. It's close to being nearly quite good at times but something about it is just wrong. Don't quite know what it is that's wrong but it has the feel of a potentially interesting project that wound up being stillborn."--DMR
The problem is something which should come across as an intimate singer-singwriter collection is underplayed by session musician finesse and dissipated by featuring four different vocalists. Only Honor Heffernan's song stand up to repeated play.
Notes: All songs by John Ryan (c) 1985. Produced by Devlan Sinnott and Philip Begley. Recorded at Landsdowne Studios, Dublin in December 1985.
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