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Gerry Rafferty was a popular music giant at the end of the '70s, thanks to the song "Baker Street" and the album City to City. His career long predated that fixture of Top 40 radio, however; indeed, by the time he cut "Baker Street" Rafferty had already been a member of two successful groups, the Humblebums and Stealers Wheel.

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please Sing A Song For Us - The Humblebums
2. Blood And Glory - The Humblebums
3. Steamboat Row - The Humblebums
4. Can I Have My Money Back?
5. New Street Blues
6. Mary Skeffington
7. Sign On The Dotted Line
8. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
9. Everyone's Agreed That Everything Will Turn Out Fine - Stealers Wheel
10. Who Cares? - Stealers Wheel
11. Right Or Wrong - Stealers Wheel
12. Star - Stealers Wheel
13. Baker Street
14. Right Down The Line
15. Night Owl
16. Get It Right Next Time
17. Royal Mile (Sweet Darlin')
18. Bring It All Home
19. Sleepwalking
20. Home And Dry
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Raven presents the 21 essential moments from GERRY RAFFERTY'S first 13 years of recording. The Anthology 1970-1982: Days Gone Down is the most comprehensive, multi-label Rafferty collection on the market, incorporating every hit single the master singer/songwriter scored. Throughout the 1970s Rafferty enjoyed an extraordinary run of diverse musical success on both sides of the Atlantic, leaving behind at least two songs now deemed era classics: Stealers Wheel's Stuck in the Middle with You (immortalized in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs) and the AOR standard Baker Street from his five-million selling City to City solo album. Commencing with three tracks by The Humblebums (with the young Billy Connolly) and four from his rare debut solo album Can I Have My Money Back?, this wide-ranging, 77-minute CD moves through his recordings with Stealers Wheel and on to his hugely successful Baker Street era (including Days Gone Down, Night Owl, Get It Right Next Time, Right Down The Line). Ten albums are covered in all - the very essence of the man's most vital creative years.

Customer Reviews

All the good ones you will remember and say ,oh that's who did that song!
Ron S.
I gave 5 stars because this is an excellent compilation including Gerry Rafferty's major hits and resume all of his career.
mariano rodriguez
Long live the music of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 20th century: Mr. Gerry Rafferty!
Dr. Johnny Fever

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is essentially a rerelease of Raven's 1997 Gerry Rafferty CD, CLOWNS TO THE LEFT, JOKERS TO THE RIGHT 1970-1982 (which is still in print). What gives the nod to DAYS GONE DOWN is that they deleted three album tracks from the earlier anthology to add Stealers Wheel's second hit "Star" as well as Rafferty's 1979 hits "Home and Dry" and "Days Gone Down (Still Got the Light in Your Eyes)."

DAYS GONE DOWN covers the same time period (1970-1982), so you still get tracks from his stint with The Humblebums (tracks 1-3), his first solo album (tracks 4-7), Stealers Wheel (tracks 8-12), and his post-Stealers Wheel solo albums (tracks 13-21).

I have no complaint with four tracks being culled from his pre-fame solo album CAN I HAVE MY MONEY BACK, but CITY TO CITY was an equally strong album and it is only represented by the hit singles "Baker Street," (No. 2) "Right Down the Line" (No, 12) and "Home and Dry" (No. #28). This really should have been a two-disc collection, but as it stands it has all the hits and a sampling of tracks from throughout Rafferty's career. As great a song as "Baker Street" was, this album makes clear that Rafferty was no one-trick pony. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Johnny Fever on April 5, 2011
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Wow. That's all I can say about this wonderful collection. Gerry had the most spectacular voice, sense of tone and lyrics to match the music. Wonderful production and music mix. I miss his talents more than ever listening to this collection. Gerry was NO "1-hit wonder". Of course it includes "Baker Street" from his Platinum LP "City to City" along with the equally wonderful "Get it Right Next Time", but also includes a new favorite: "Home and Dry" - listen to that and dream of making your way home on a plane to your family - Gerry captures the tone. In my opinion, one of the most 'perfect' pop records ever made is "Get It Right Next Time" - Gerry and company certainly got it perfect this time - the usual sax solo from Raphael, a great driving bass line, some spectacular guitar work from Gerry's 'left hand man' and perfect keyboards and drums - all the perfect mix with Gerry's great voice. Truly a masterpiece. If that wasn't enough, I found another great Gerry 'sing-along-song', and that is the "Royal Mile" - play it 3 times and you'll know the lyrics and want to sing along. A neat little folk song is snuck in here too - it's almost a lullaby, and it's called "Mary Skeffington" - his real life Mom - another great tune. "Please Sing A Song For Us" is his earliest group effort, and a great song to open the 70's and this disc. "Can I Have My Money Back" is good solo work with lyrics most likely from 'real life'.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WayneChicago TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 8, 2011
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I'm a Gerry fan for City To City. Having become more involved with his musicianship only since his passing, I own one album: City To City. It's wonderful...his best. And until his other defining albums, Night Owl and Snakes & Ladders, come out in remastered CD form (the Night Owl City To City double set is not remastered), then we are left with, well, City To City. Oh, but are we? I bought Days Gone Down so that I could get a sampling of the other LPs and groups, and I enjoy that only Baker Street, Right Down the Line, and Home and Dry are form the City to City album. So, for a very reasonable price, you get a set with great "new" songs that are the best of Mr. Rafferty throughout his career. It does not include his recent 3-4 CDs, which can be bought separately if someone is really going to get his entire ouvre. But for the rest of us--the City To City fans--this CD really takes the cake and rests wonderfully on my iPod right where it should be, in the Gerry Rafferty file, next to City To City.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe on December 17, 2011
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I was introduced to Gerry's music when I was about 12 years old by my father who had dubbed a cassette tape of "City to City" from his best friend. One word can only describe City to City....MAGIC. Gerry Rafferty's music has been an integral part of my life since that day in 1978. Interestingly I had not ever heard much else of Gerry's music (other than Stealer's Wheel) before or after hearing City to City, especially after. I was blown away when I heard "Days Gone Down" later in life (about 2002 I guess it was) and of course with the availability of the internet for ordering different things, I was able to purchase more of Gerry's music and I became somewhat of a "super fan" I guess you can say. Gerry is without a doubt my favorite musical artist of all time. His music is incredible is all I have to say. So moving and inspirational and it touches you on levels you can't even imagine when you listen to his music over and over. Each time you listen, it really get's to you even more and on such different levels. I know, that may sound "corny" or "goofy" but trust me when I tell you, Gerry Rafferty is one of the greatest singer songwriters of the modern age. It is unfortunate that he died such a young man in his early 60's. I would have loved to have heard even more music that Gerry may have offered to the world had he lived longer. But we can rejoice in the music that he did provide all of us and trust me when I tell you, you can't go wrong purchasing Days Gone Down or any other CD of Gerry's. Highly HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended is not only Days Gone Down, but City to City (an absolute MUST HAVE), Night Owl, Snakes and Ladders, and Sleepwalking.Read more ›
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