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25
Feb

Gerry Rafferty – City To City (1978) – Lp

Gerald “Gerry” Rafferty (16 April 1947 – 4 January 2011) was a Scottish singer-songwriter best known for his  recordings with the band Stealers Wheel.

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Artist:  Gerry Rafferty
Title:  City To City
Year:  1978  LP
Format:  LP
Label:  United Artists Records
Catalog#  5C 062-60395

City to City is a 1978 album and the second studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. It was Rafferty’s first solo release in six years—and first release of any kind since 1975.

Gerry Rafferty is a huge talent, but a reluctant star. Management struggles and sundry other hindrances limited his output, but couldn’t avert the Scot from releasing two legendary singles — the Tarantino-ized “Stuck in the Middle With You” and the unforgettable “Baker Street,” the latter included on this record. Just a glimpse of John Patrick Byrne’s cool cover art lets the listener know City to City houses Rafferty’s day in the sun as he conquers the world one metropolis at a time, his guitar and amp in tow. Setting out in his apocalyptic “Ark,” each song radiates the confidence of a master craftsman cruising in his prime, constructing brilliant pop confections with top-flight support while awaiting the crunch of civilization. The dreamy reality check “Baker Street” rightfully remains one of the greatest cuts in pop history. Forever-lost B-side “Big Change in Weather” further demonstrates Rafferty was on a rare roll. Domestic valentine “Right Down the Line” snugly followed to the height of the charts, and third release, “Home and Dry,” while not of an immortal status, stands as a quality song. He even stomps out a smooth hoedown on the title track. Rafferty’s turns of phrase and tight composition skills create a fresh sound and perspective all his own. Any diverse style (and he attempts many) filters through his unique mindset, resulting in a classic platter buoyed by many moments of sheer genius. “Whatever’s written in your heart, that’s all that matters.”

 

Side one
1.  The Ark  (5:36)
2.  Baker Street  (6:01)
3.  Right Down the Line  (4:20)
4.  City to City  (4:51)
5.  Stealin’ Time  (5:39)

Side two
1.  Mattie’s Rag  (3:28)
2.  Whatever’s Written in Your Heart  (6:30)
3.  Home and Dry  (4:52)
4.  Island  (5:04)
5.  Waiting for the Day  (5:26)

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20
Sep

Gerry Rafferty – Sleepwalking (1982) – Lp

Gerald “Gerry” Rafferty (16 April 1947 – 4 January 2011) was a Scottish singer-songwriter, and also known as a member with the band Stealers Wheel in the early 70´s.

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Artist:  Gerry Rafferty
Title:  Sleepwalking
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Liberty Records
Catalog# 1C 064-83332

Sleepwalking is the fifth studio album by Gerry Rafferty, released in 1982. It is the follow-up to the 1980 album Snakes and Ladders. It would be Rafferty’s last album for Liberty/United Artists, and his last for six years.

Sleepwalking was co-produced by Rafferty and Christopher Neil who went on to become the producer for Mike + The Mechanics. Unlike the previous Rafferty albums such as City to City and Night Owl there is considerable use of synthesisers and drum programming, some of the latter done by Christopher Neil, along with contributions from British session musicians including Hugh Burns, Mo Foster, Liam Genockey, Kenny Craddock, Maurice Pert and Mel Collins.

“Change of Heart” is as good a song as anything Rafferty has ever released and should have been a major hit single. “Standing At The Gates” is a solid opening track with some great drumming and all round great playing. This leads me on to “The Right Moment”, which can bring a tear to the most hardened of rock metal fans, such an affecting song, it really is very beautiful. Raffetys ability to deliver a strong melody with the sweetest of singing voices remains intact here.

 

Side one
1.  Standing At The Gates  (6:51)
2.  Good Intentions  (4:15)
3.  A Change Of Heart  (4:10)
4.  On The Way  (4:24)

Side two
1.  Sleepwalking  (3:51)
2.  Cat And Mouse  (5:03)
3.  The Right Moment  (3:24)
4.  As Wise As A Serpent  (5:15)

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