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City to City
     

City to City

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by Gerry Rafferty
 
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

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0077774604925
catalogNumber:
460499
Rank:
6904

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerry Rafferty   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Taylor   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Barbara Dickson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Donahue   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Drums
Rab Noakes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugh Burns   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
B.J. Cole   Steel Guitar
Brian Cole   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Tommy Eyre   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Piano (Grand)
Nigel Jenkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Paul Jones   Harmonica
Glen LeFleur   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Vivienne McAuliffe   Vocals,Background Vocals
John McBurnie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Micky Moody   Acoustic Guitar
Hugh Murphy   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tabla,Tambourine,Vocals
Graham Preskett   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Keyboards,Vocals,String Machine
Raphael Ravenscroft   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Joanna Carlin   Background Vocals
Vivian McAulipe   Background Vocals
Willy Ray   Accordion
Vivian McAuliff   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gerry Rafferty   Producer
Tommy Eyre   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Hugh Murphy   Producer
Declan O'Doherty   Engineer
Graham Preskett   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Dec O'Doherty   Engineer
Dec O'Doherty   Engineer

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City to City 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
footpathcowboy More than 1 year ago
CITY TO CITY is Gerry Rafferty's solo masterpiece. Besides the monster hit single "Baker Street", which was atypical of the rest of the album in that the rest was much softer musically, other great songs here include more typical Rafferty songs such as the ballads "Right Down The Line" and "Home And Dry." If you're a fan of soft rock, you must own this CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago