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Outside Inside

String Cheese IncidentAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sci Fidelity Records
  • ASIN: B00005B69L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If the term "jam band" conjures up any number of negative stereotypes, Colorado's String Cheese Incident happily turn nearly all of them on their heads with this collection. The band's ostensible bluegrass roots are all but obscured by an adventurous tack that winds its way through R&B, soul, reggae, country, and Latin influences, borrowing, mixing, and tweaking as it goes. Indeed, it's almost jarring when the band finally returns to its mountain-music origins on the Cajun-flavored "Up the Canyon." There's a distinct Grateful Dead sensibility at work throughout, with Bill Nershi and Michael Kang's fluid, lyrical lead lines occasionally recalling the best of Garcia and Weir. But there's a decidedly un-Dead economy of purpose in both the songwriting and soloing. The loping rhythms and tight, fat grooves seem more pronounced, perhaps the influence of Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, who produced this solid pan-American musical adventure. --Jerry McCulley

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The String Cheese Incident is an excellent band and Outside Inside is an excellent album. The key to this excellence is the musical talent in the band, both in the playing and the songwriting catagories. The music is what it's really all about, Charlie Brown. The scene is fun, the crowd rocks at the shows, the fans wear funny clothes, and, yes, that is marijuana you smell, but when push comes to shove, it's the music that matters.
I saw the show at the Greek Theater in LA last night [straight, as always] and listened to the new album for the first time last night [straight, as always] and I think that puts me in a position to offer some pithy insights. The show and the album are different animals, but definitely of related species. As has been pointed out about studio albums by many a jam band, the songs just aren't the same on the album as they are in concert. Duh! It's a jam band. But as someone once said about the Grateful Dead [while expressing disappoinment about the lack of a final studio album], the studio album represents a starting point, the core of each song from which the jam starts, an original document. Without that core song, there would be no jam. That said, this studio album stands on its own without the anticipation of jams to come. Your local DJ could play these tunes on the radio without embarassing herself or inflaming the PTA. I dare you to play Rollover and not dance [or think heavily about the lyrics]. You don't have to be a neo-hippie to like the tunes on this disc. The Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers/Phish influences are there for all to hear [gee, I wonder what these guys listened to as youngsters?], but SCI isn't into mere imitation of their myriad influences. This album is a monument to SCI's unique musical mix.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars String Cheese Incident is Hoop-a-riffic! August 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I must say that I am a tad bit subjective in rating this album because I am a certifiable FOC (Friend of Cheese). That aside this album is a perfect introduction to the depth and breadth of String Cheese Incident's (SCI) unique musical offerings. In the confines of one single disc they offer the listener a glimpse of exactly what a band should be. Not that I'm saying all bands should sound exactly like SCI, rather all bands should experiment with their sound as much as SCI does. On this one disc, the listener is bombarded with a myriad of different types of sound, from latin, to Carribean, to reggae, to straight-up rock, to Grateful Dead-esque psychdelic jamming, to a techno infused rendition of a SCI favorite (courtesy of DJ Logic), and finally to a sweet bluegrass tune. Very few bands are capable of such extreme shifts in musical focus all on one CD, yet SCI does it with ease.
I guess that's enough reviewing for right now, I have two suggestions though: 1) Buy this CD, and 2) See SCI live! It's imperative that you do this for it will change the way you think about music. Please do this and you'll thank me later.
Keep on hoopin'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outside Inside is a must May 28, 2001
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Somewhere between Phish's avant-arena highwire act and the Dave Matthews Band's coliseum Keg party lies The String Cheese Incident. A tripper-friendly improv-rock quintet with bluegrass roots, the Incident goes concise and crafty on their third studio album. Highlights range from the title track's southern-fried acid funk to electric-mandolin whiz Michael Kang's 10-minute prog-reggae ode to Gaia, "Rollover". Stylistically, the group adheres to an anything-goes policy, indulging in everything from r&b to afropop, but in the end, acoustic flat picker Bill Nershi brings it all back home. -Richard Gehr
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big League May 27, 2001
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Well, with this release the SCI boys prove they can come to the game and play. This finely produced work is equal to the mid period of Lowell George's Little Feat or The Band's post Americana of Stage Fright/Cahoots. Carnival music and funky sounds texture involved lyrical themes of racism(Black and White) ecology(Rollover) and wasted lives(Lost). Impossible to believe, but this extraordinary live act actually improves on their concert performance with the tune Sing a New Song. Great trippy production adds to the moody performance. The 4 different singers within the band have stepped up from previous discs and bodes well for the future of this incredibly talented band. ......Agreed that the batik stained bluegrass touch is sadly lacking(except on the final cut, Up the Canyon)and this is the cause for the CD to lose 1 star...perhaps that twinkle of innocence is hopefully not gone forever. Definitely a worthy purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless April 9, 2002
By Waldo
Format:Audio CD
These jams make you feel like you're at a concert... until you actually go to a SCI live show and get completely blown away. This CD flows from track to track seemlessly, and displays the very diverse range of musical style that the String Cheese Incident performs so well. There's a jam in every song, and once the band breaks into it, you can't help but tap your foot or slap your knee (or, in my case, bang on the steering wheel while driving). The jams are so convincing that you just don't want them to end... and that's when you know you're ready to see SCI live, because it's simply a dream come true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction. August 21, 2003
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If you're a bit put off by the jam scene, Outside Inside is a good way to ease you in, as it bears the strongest resemblance to mainstream rock. The rock 'n' roll is a springboard to the introduction of the other genres SCI is famous for skipping around to, though - jazz, funk, fusion, New Age-istic movements, and bluegrass. Though the final of those is not as prevalent here as on their previous two releases, the whole album is quite solid and has a nice flow, relying less on full instrumentals than ever and taking time to focus on the sound and meaning of the words in addition to the cores of the songs that serve as the skeleton for their brilliant live improvisation.
"Outside and Inside" and "Joyful Sound" are as pure as SCI-brand rock gets, and while "Close Your Eyes" and "Search" represent a slight lull in the intensity, "Drifting" won't so much like a lull as a sleep inducing aid (in the good kind of way). "Black and White" and "Lost" represent the jazz side of the album, while "Sing a New Song" reminds of me of something out of a commercial advertising canned chili that's set out on the Western desert frontier. It transitions nicely into "Rollover", which has a beat that is nothing short of addictive. Capping off the 55-minute album is the CD's only bluegrass tune, "Up the Canyon," which has amazingly and successfully been converted to funk for recent live performances.
The funny thing about this CD, and the others in general, is the fact that each of the band's songwriters seem to possess a theme in their songs. Want a song about a guy down on his luck trying to find his personal silver lining? Kyle (the keyboardist) is your man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Published 22 months ago by Michael C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stringy Cheesin
This is one of my favorite albums from SCI. I love the lyrics, the beats, the vibrations, and the energy from this album both in my living room and next to the speaker at a show. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Shelby Padilla
4.0 out of 5 stars mmmm mmmm good!
The lead melodies and interludes just lift you up and take you away. Great sound!
Published on August 24, 2006 by Bruce Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we're having fun!
Juicy! I picked my first String Cheese Incident cd from a girl that thought that it would be "my type" of music. She was damn correct! Read more
Published on July 31, 2003 by Adam Santini
1.0 out of 5 stars SCI's Most Boring Yet
I am a fan of the band (live) and think they have great promise. That said, I was less than excited after listening to "Outside Inside" upon release in 2001. Read more
Published on October 22, 2002 by georgia_expat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album and the Cheese is a great band. They put on amazing shows are some of the most talented musicians out there today, jamband or not.
Published on June 26, 2002 by diederik sieburgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry would have jammed with these guys
As a Deadhead from the "college band" days of '68, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the cheeseheads. Read more
Published on December 27, 2001 by Thom McKinlay
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside Inside got me hooked
I had heard of SCI. But after listening to this *studio* album (being a live music fan) and hearing how wonderful it was i knew they were great. Read more
Published on December 12, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it Time and you will be pleased with Outside Inside
Its hard to judge a String Cheese CD until you've listened to it a couple of times. After about three times, you realize just how good it is. This is a damn good CD. Read more
Published on August 3, 2001 by "scrram"
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