Sleepwalking – Gerry Rafferty

I’m all wrapped up in my cocoon
I planned to write about Night Owl today, but after listening to City to City I felt like investing in something a bit later, and not as well-known (as Kierkegaard said, A record collection can only be understood backwards: but it must be listened to forwards). So I bought Sleepwalking, and I really like this album. It Seems to be a bit more pop/rock oriented and not as acoustic/folk tinted as his other albums. It’s a good album though, and I know it is early days, but the lyrics seem very personal.
Many of the songs seem to be about fame, and how he much he dislikes it (Cat and Mouse). Change of Heart (which is a great track) seems to be about living life in the public eye, and the difficulty in trying to change and break out of this. I knew from reading stuff after he died that he found celebrity difficult, but I never realised he drew on this for his songs (although thinking about it now Baker Street seems to be about alienation and celebrity, who would have thought, Gerry Rafferty was actually an existentialist).
The thing I like, above all else, about Gerry Rafferty is that he had no interest in musical trends and fashions, this album is from 1982, but it actually sounds like it could have been released in the 90s or later. I guess this album did the job for him, or on him, he left music and didn’t make another album for 6 years.
Hidden gem; The Right Moment
Micro review; Gerry Rafferty writes his Postcard from the Edge, and what a fine postcard it is. Sleep well big man.

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City to City – Gerry Rafferty

When I was a kid Baker Street was a massive single, and seemed to be everywhere. I remember buying it and playing it everyday for about a month. Once the month was up, I don’t think I ever played it again, or anything else by the big man. That was until January 2011. That was the month that Gerry Rafferty died, and I decided to give City to City a shot. I really don’t know why I waited so long, what a great album.
Baker Street is still very evocative, I love the plush production on it, every little detail just works. I imagine they spent a lot of time getting Baker Street just right, and they really nailed it. I never realised but it reminds me of a British Steely Dan (for me that is a good thing). Even though I have this history with Baker Street from when I was a kid, it is not my favourite track, that belongs to Right Down the Line. What a fantastic song, a proper singer-songwriter song, personal, intimate and it’s a cracking tune. I feel sad listening to it though, I wish it hadn’t taken his death to get to hear this.
Micro review; Paisley poetry with guitars.
Hidden gem; Stealin’ Time