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Baker Street

From the Album City To City
September 2, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 24, 1989
  • Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Duration: 6:05 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001EDD39C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,009 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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One of the best songs ever written, period. Baker Street is a sweeping gesture, attempting and succeeding in bringing the banal, "I'm gonna give up the booze and the one night stands," in line with a sweeping sax line that transcends all. Will he "settle down, in a quite little town and forget about everything?" One doubts it, but there is salvation in music nonetheless, and a though "he's rollin', he's the rollin' stone" we have to give credit where effort is made. There is hope for our wounded hero. Gerry Rafferty has written an beautiful, haunting song.
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This song starts with some nice sustained guitar notes and bongo into which is blended a wailing, melancholy sax. At a minute the vocal enters. The vocal is well performed and I like the quality of Jerry Rafferty's voice which is a tenor with a very slight nasal quality that doesn't get irritating. The sax reenters the composition from time to time and is one of the really great aspects. There is also an orchestra that comes in along with continued persecution. Overall it is a moody yet invigorating performance.
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Gerry Rafferty's song "Baker Street" introduces us to an everyman anti-hero. "And then you'll settle down, in a quiet little town and forget about everything." But not all is well and settled. "He'll always keep movin', you know he'll always keep moving, cause he's rollin', he's the rollin' stone." Despite the pedestrian-level encounter with one of ours, the saxophone lifts us and our hero higher, it transcends the bounds of these confines, and therein lies the genius of the song. A fabulous, exciting and relevant song even now...
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Baker Street is a rock masterpiece. It is quite clear which generation of rock it is from, yet it has a timeless quality. The saxophone licks alone will sear themselves in your brain forever. Alas, Gerry Rafferty was a troubled musical genius who lost his battle with his personal demons. How amazing it would have been if he had been more productive. It almost feels like he bottled it all up in this one amazing, divine song. Every music lover, regardless of favorite genre, may enjoy this track.
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I grew up listening to this great song, and Mr. Rafferty's death, only two days ago prompted me to download it for myself.
Rafferty's soft tenor vocals about attempting to cast off old ways, but pessimistic about it, a sorching guitar solo, and Raf Ravenscroft's towering sax.
On the surface, this song sounds like a celebration, but the lyrics reveal it to be about unhappiness over habits best left behind.
Anyone familiar with Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle" will hear another great Rafferty song, although far more upbeat.
Sadly, his later days were largely unhappy, but I thank him for his excellent music.
RIP
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I think Amazon should re-think the review system for music, as I don't know anyone that downloads music they don't already like. Anyway another AMAZING classic that takes me back to my childhood. I suppose I could say that the download was fast and the audio sounds as well as expected for an MP3 download. Good stuff. BTW, I wouldn't download anything I didn't already consider 5 stars unless it was absolutely free. For what it's worth...
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Love this song & found it at Amazon as a single & bought it, downloaded it to my Sony Walkman. Also bought Album Premium Gold Collection& by Gerry Rafferty, downloaded it & am very happy with it! Recommend it to anyone who loves Rafferty!
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This was always a favorite tune from my past. I can remember having this song on a 45 and blasting the volume when my parents weren't home.
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