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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000007O5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

After Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty continued to pen pop perfections on this 1978 solo LP, a #1 smash featuring the unforgettable Baker Street and two further hits: Right down the Line and Home and Dry . One of the greatest pop records of its time!

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This album brings back so many memories.
Patti
Being a Gerry Rafferty fan for over 20 years there is so much more than just the hits Baker Street and Right down the line.
A Customer
Great listening music that you can understand.
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Tim Withee on July 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like a lot of the reviewers, I first heard this album when it came out and of course, the magical, mythic megahit, "Baker Street," was what prompted me to buy the album.
After opening with "The Ark," followed by "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line," the rest of the song lineup -- which has the tunes placed in perfect sequence, by the way -- is great all the way through.
Everyone who loves the album has their own memories and mine began with the anthemic sax intro of "Baker Street" as I drove through southern Idaho on my way to Colorado on a blistering hot day in 1978. The Idaho AM radio stations must've played that song every hour as I drove along I-80N as it was known then.
The lyrics resonated with me then and still do to this day. I always like to play it when I'm driving on remote, lonely roads in the West -- I always get that old vibe time after time. In fact, I never get tired of hearing "Baker Street," or the rest of the tunes on the album -- which is a pretty rare thing, considering that I've listened to consistently for 26 years!
Why Gerry Rafferty didn't become a superstar is kind of a mystery to me, but this album will always stand out as one of the very best rock albums recorded. A desert island disc for sure.
Five stars plus.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"City to City" is one of the most underrated albums of the 1970s. Of course the album is primarily known for the huge number one hit "Baker Street" and "Right Down The Line," but many of the other songs on the album are great as well, particularly the interesting instrumental arrangement on "City to City," the strong interaction of lyrics and music in "Mattie's Rag" (which is my second favorite song on the CD behind "Right Down The Line"), and the purity of piano and vocals with an almost gospel feeling on "Whatever's Written In Your Heart." I deducted a star because there are several weaker filler songs on the CD, but the strengths of the album make them well worth listening to (or skipping.)

Gerry Rafferty is not one of the names most people remember from the 1970s, but that's a shame, because this album and "Night Owl" (my favorite Rafferty album) are excellent. I recommend this CD to anyone, particularly anyone pining for 1978.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Olson on April 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Yes, it has been documented in every review that the biggest hit on the album is the adult contemporary radio staple "Baker Street" with Raphael Ravenscroft's timeless sax solo but that is not the only classic on this album, in fact there is not a dud in this bunch of classics. A few other highlights include 2 more top 40 chart followups "Right Down The Line" and "Home and Dry," plus these album tracks that show how talented this Scottish artist who was once the lead vocalist of "Stealer's Wheel is, including the poignant "Whatever's Written In My Heart," the title song, and "Mattie's Rag." While disco was also happening at the same time this was recorded, this album is singer/songwriter pop music at it's best and ranks right up there with the legends of the genre including Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Harry Chapin. If you like well-crafted pop music that stands the test of time, check this underrated gem out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Schneider on April 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I think it's because of Gerry's deep, silky-smooth vocals and the uptempo music that makes me think of summer days when I was a kid. Of course, everybody who grew up through that time knows "Baker Street" (which was one of the few non-Bee Gee's songs to go #1 that year-- and it held that top spot for about 6 weeks!). Although it IS a 1978 classic, there are other reasons to own this great album on CD. There's the pretty (but not mushy) love song "Right Down The Line" and my favorite track, the wonderful "Home and Dry." What a great, inspiring, upbeat track that just makes you feel good all over!! Gerry Rafferty made me a fan for life with it. :) Overall, this is a VERY good CD which is well worth picking up and reliving "the good old days." :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Caple on January 6, 2011
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If you are a music lover, then there can be no doubt that you know "Baker Street" and "Right Down The Line". Many albums in the 70's and 80's were not vehicles for singles like they are now. It wasn't about selling single mp3's, it was about a collection of music that embodied a period of time. Gerry Rafferty crafted as solid a record as was made in the greatest period of rock (65-80). It doesn't get more professional and pleasant than this.

This album from top to bottom is musically and lyrically beautiful. This probably isn't a record you put on at a party, but one that you sit with and enjoy as a whole piece of music. The concept of the "album" is lost these days, but if you enjoy a solid block of music from an artist that puts you entirely within the context of the time it was made, simply mine the 70's albums for that type of experience.

"City To City" can be enjoyed for its' lyrics about escaping the rat race or enjoying your life as easily as it can be enjoyed for the great musicianship. There's a lot of talent on this album. Spend a nice, relaxing evening on the couch digging in to it. You won't regret it.

Highly recommended.
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Gerry Rafferty
A very underated songwriter. His City To City and Night Owl discs are master classes in songwriting. If more of today's artists studied the art of songwriting by listening to Gerry the bar would be raised by a mile.
He is mainly known for Baker St but those in the know all regard Gerry as a... Read More
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