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Video Du Jour: Bonnie Raitt

Posted in News with tags , on April 10, 2012 by 30daysout

“Right Down The Line,” originally written and performed by Gerry Rafferty, is the first single from Bonnie Raitt’s new Slipstream, out today. The album is Raitt’s first since 2005 and the video for “Right Down The Line” is her first video in 14 years.

Slipstream is getting good reviews –NPR is streaming the album in full.

Bonnie Raitt official website

Gerry Rafferty, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , on January 5, 2011 by 30daysout

Gerry Rafferty, former member of the band Stealers Wheel and a solo artist known for the 1978 smash “Baker Street,” died yesterday in England at the age of 63.

Over his career Rafferty sold about 10 million albums.   His 1978 album City to City reached No. 1 in the United States and the single “Baker Street” made the Top 10 in both Britain and the United States.  So did “Stuck In The Middle With You,” which Rafferty and Joe Egan recorded as Stealers Wheel in 1972. That song reached a new generation of listeners when Quentin Tarantino used it in the notorious ear-slicing scene in his 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs.

More than anything else, Rafferty derailed his own solo career with alcoholism and dark psychological problems.  After the success of City to City Rafferty went on to record several more albums, including Night Owl, which reached the Top Five in England and the Top 20 in the United States in 1979.  Other albums followed, some of which garnered good reviews but none approached his earlier success.

Obituary in the London Guardian

MP3: “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel

MP3: “Star” by Stealers Wheel

MP3: “Johnny’s Song” by Stealers Wheel

MP3: “City To City” by Gerry Rafferty

MP3: “The Royal Mile” by Gerry Rafferty

MP3: “Get It Right Next Time” by Gerry Rafferty

MP3: “Night Owl” by Gerry Rafferty

YouTube: “Baker Street”

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Singles, Part 5

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , on September 3, 2010 by 30daysout

Remember when you had a record player that could stack about five or six 45 rpm singles on a spindle, and they dropped onto the turntable one at a time?  I gotta say, sometimes I feel that modern technology has taken some of the romance out of life.  Ah well, here are some more singles:

Let’s get crazy right out of the chute … Ten Years After was a British blues/rock/psychedelic band from the late 1960s, most famous of course for their 11-minute boogie “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock.  That song originally appeared on the band’s Undead live album from 1968, but after Woodstock the band’s label decided to issue an edit of the song on single.  So here we have “I’m Going Home” in its incarnation as a 1969 single, the Undead track whittled down to about three and a half minutes.

MP3: “I’m Going Home” by Ten Years After

For a long stretch in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, nobody came close to Foreigner for sheer hit-making power.  The band led by journeyman guitarist Mick Jones and leather-lunged singer Lou Gramm scored hit after hit that sounded great on the radio.   Their albums sold in the millions, and one of their biggest was 4, released in 1981.  Foreigner’s only No. 1 album in the United States spawned monster hits like “Urgent,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero.”  The band also released the rocker “Luanne” as a single that mysteriously stiffed.

MP3: “Luanne” by Foreigner

Gerry Rafferty was formerly part of the band Stealers Wheel, then he went solo in 1978 and scored big with the album City to City and the soaring hit “Baker Street.”  Rafferty felt a little uneasy about being a rock frontman and he was very reluctant to perform live – as a result his albums probably didn’t sell as well as they should have because he rarely toured.  Snakes And Ladders, an album from 1980, featured “Royal Mile (Sweet Darlin’)” as its opening track and only single.

MP3: “Royal Mile (Sweet Darlin’)” by Gerry Rafferty

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