Ferguslie Park [Lemon Records]

Ferguslie Park [Lemon Records]

by Stealers WheelStealers Wheel

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Ferguslie Park was recorded after a dizzying string of changes in Stealers Wheel -- co-founder Gerry Rafferty's exit soon after finishing the group's first LP, his replacement by Luther Grosvenor and the delayed climb of "Stuck in the Middle With You," Rafferty's return, and the firing of all involved and the reduction of the group to its founding duo of Rafferty and Joe Egan. The resulting album, recorded with some nine support players (including ex-Herd members Gary Taylor and Andrew Steele, plus guitarists Joe Jammer and Bernie Holland) and conductor/arranger Richard Hewson in support and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller producing, is an upbeat if somewhat less focused work than its predecessor -- the mix of hard rock ("What More Could You Want") and lean, melodic songs ("Good Businessman") highlighted by lush choruses, and augmented with occasional spacey digressions such as the shimmering percussion-based interlude between "Wheelin'" and "Waltz (You Know It Makes Sense)," makes this a surprisingly diverse body of music. There wasn't a hit single to be found here, however, which meant that listeners had to find the album on their own; there are moments that anticipate (albeit distantly) Rafferty's solo work, including some well-placed sax breaks, and also jagged, bluesy guitar in all sorts of unexpected places, such as behind the tuneful organ on "Blind Faith" (and the "Shakin' All Over" riff even makes a veiled appearance on "Good Businessman"). [Reissued in 2004 with state-of-the-art sound and new notes on the Lemon Records label.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2004
Label: Lemon Records Uk
UPC: 5013929763722
catalogNumber: 37
Rank: 49341

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stealers Wheel   Primary Artist
Gerry Rafferty   Organ,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Kazoo,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Manning Robinson   Synthesizer,Piano,Chimes,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Pipe organ
Corky Hale   Harp
Joe Egan   Organ,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Kazoo,Vocals,Group Member
Joe Jammer   Electric Guitar
Bernie Holland   Electric Guitar
Chris Mercer   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Steele   Chimes,Conga,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Triangle,Claves,cowbell,Wood Block,Jawbone
Mike Stoller   Electric Harpsichord
Chris Neale   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Joe Egan   Composer
Richard Hewson   String Arrangements
Mike Stoller   Horn Arrangements
Jon Kirkman   Liner Notes
Phill Brown   Engineer

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