10 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gerry Rafferty’s recorded legacy contains many highlights, but none shines brighter than his most famous solo release, City to City. This superbly realized song collection offers the most complete showcase of the Scottish singer/songwriter’s diverse talents, blending Celtic folk and American country sounds with elements of orchestral rock and smooth pop balladry. There’s an authentic note of joy and gratitude heard in the old-fashioned feel of “Mattie’s Rag” and the galloping, fiddle-driven spirit of the title tune. Tracks like “Right Down the Line,” “Home and Dry” and “Island” are warmly domestic, while “Whatever’s Written In Your Heart” accepts the limits of love to the strains of a yearning gospel melody. The standout tune, of course, is “Baker Street,” a dramatically arranged portrait of a battered dreamer known for its guitar flourishes, rippling accordion and Raphael Ravenscroft’s signature saxophone riff. City to City is filled with bold instrumental colors and intriguing textures, yet at its heart remains a deeply personal glimpse at this gifted troubadour’s life and times.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gerry Rafferty’s recorded legacy contains many highlights, but none shines brighter than his most famous solo release, City to City. This superbly realized song collection offers the most complete showcase of the Scottish singer/songwriter’s diverse talents, blending Celtic folk and American country sounds with elements of orchestral rock and smooth pop balladry. There’s an authentic note of joy and gratitude heard in the old-fashioned feel of “Mattie’s Rag” and the galloping, fiddle-driven spirit of the title tune. Tracks like “Right Down the Line,” “Home and Dry” and “Island” are warmly domestic, while “Whatever’s Written In Your Heart” accepts the limits of love to the strains of a yearning gospel melody. The standout tune, of course, is “Baker Street,” a dramatically arranged portrait of a battered dreamer known for its guitar flourishes, rippling accordion and Raphael Ravenscroft’s signature saxophone riff. City to City is filled with bold instrumental colors and intriguing textures, yet at its heart remains a deeply personal glimpse at this gifted troubadour’s life and times.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Bunky1998 ,

This is what well-produced records sound like

I grew up listening to City to City, and even as a child I liked how “warm” it sounded. I am a musician now and I can always point back to this album as a lodestone, a benchmark for outstanding studio recording.

Modern musicians (especially pop-stars) should strive for this sound: the mix is perfect, clear, the instruments jump out at you, even on a mp4 file (it’s amazing on LP and even CD, for that matter).

Of course, I love the hit songs! Rafferty was a unique individual and we lost him too soon! You owe to yourself to get this album, or at least the hit songs.

Michael David F ,

Just buy the album, Not just Baker Street

It's a classic. Like the others who rated the album here, this artist seemed underrated. This is timeless piece of work that ages very well.

WellsFargoUser ,

My Favorite Of All Time

This album is comforting like a warm blanket and hot chocolate on a cold day. Gerry Rafferty's voice is pure silk and as an artist, he never truly got the recognition he deserved.

Every song is just perfect for his angelic voice. Of all the music I own, and it's a lot, I swear this is my favorite

Rest in Peace, Mr. Rafferty

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