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Can I Have My Money Back

Gerry Rafferty Audio CD
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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 (26 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wooden Hill
  • ASIN: B000007365
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis of genius. 10 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
In 1971 I was at secondary school when a late and very dear friend, Keith Murray, loaned his copy of Rafferty's new album 'Can I have My Money Back' to me. I was no stranger to Rafferty's music having been a fan of his previous work with Billy Connoly, when they had performed together on a couple of albums as the duet The Humblebums. Songs such as Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway and Rick Rack, as passionate and beautiful as they were, seemed condemned to remain within the esoteric confines of only those who appreciated Scottish/Irish folk music. However, upon listening to this 'new album' it was wholly obvious from the very first track that Rafferty had thrown off his self imposed shackles and by the end of the album no-one who listened could doubt that Rafferty would have to be regarded as a serious and talented singer songwriter. Unfortunately at this time Rafferty did not have a sufficiently high enough profile nor did Transatlantic label have the pedigree to attract the necessary and so richly deserved radio play. And so, this album was unjustifiably confined to a state of semi-obscurity.
History shows that within a relatively short period Rafferty was to achieve the audience he so richly deserved, initially as a member of Stealers Wheel and thereafter and perhaps more properly as a solo singer songwriter.
But to all those Rafferty fans, indeed to all music lovers, who haven't heard this album and for those would like to find out where it all came together for the first time then this album is a must, literally a no-brainer. Highlights for me today are the rip roaring 'New Street Blues', the gorgeous 'Mary Skeffington', the laconic 'Didn't I'. Tomorrow it could be any combination of the remaining tracks. Simply a great original album performed with the minimum of production deception for the maximum listening pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerry Rafferty at his very best............. 30 Jan 2011
This was the first Gerry solo album after splitting from The Humblebums. 1971 was the year it was released, and it features Joe Egan and Rab Noakes, the nucleus of what became Stealers Wheel in 1973.

The album is quite simple in structure, with superb arrangements on the songs. Lyrically, this is probably Gerry at his very best. Every song tells a story, and they are stories of life. You can't help but think, God yeah, that's happened to me.

Long Way Round and To Each and Everyone are probably the stand out tracks, but to be honest there are no album fillers on here. The songwriting skills that eventually got realised with Stealers Wheel and the City to City album are very much on display here.

Buy it. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated early Rafferty 11 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
I love the songs on this album. The first half is the complete 'Can I Have My Money Back' album from 1971(?) while the second half has the addition of the Rafferty songs from his days in the legendary Humblebums (a stage he shared with Billy Connolly). The 'Money back' material is superb, but at the time it received no push from the record label (admittedly 'small fry' Transatlantic records) or from the radio stations of the day. A shocking omission from the playlists. His mellow singing tones and wonderfully catchy yet sophisticated song writing skills are in stark evidence here, and are a portent of the glories of the later 70's and early 80's with both Stealer's Wheel and as a globe conquering solo artist.
Immerse yourself in these songs and you will soon find them irresistible, and you will return again and again to witness Gerry Rafferty's nascent beginnings as a songwriting and singing force through the many and varied tracks on this bargain CD buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars can I have my money back 24 Sep 2011
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This was the 1st album I bought from the late great Gerry Rafferty - it stands the test of time with upbeat & down beat numbers the originality of his lyrics, arrangements and his melifluous voice carry these great tracks effortlessly. My favourite being "The Royal Mile" - in my opinion much more opf an anthem for him than Baker Street. If you can find it - buy it - you won't be dissappointed.
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By Mikey
Format:Audio CD
I bought "Can I Have My Money Back?" on vinyl in 1971 (I think) and over the years it has come out on to my turntable more times than I can remember. This is, in my opinion, far better than anything else he ever did but was rather overlooked when it came out and it remains so; it is one notch up on the rest of his albums.

He is accompanied by very competant musicians including Joe Egan who was with him in The Humblebums (Billy Connolly's band).

OK, Baker Street was his biggest and deserved hit but you will get sick of it due to the fact that the world has overplayed it. It would take a lot to get fed up with anything on "Can I Have My Money Back?". The songs are exquisite: Mary Skeffington (about his mother), Didn't I, New Street Blues, One Drink Down (and another to go - rather prophetic it would now seem given his later life and very sad death). The title track is both cycnical and and political. There is even a song with some lines about a good night out and stripper. All the songs are great, not one duff one.
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