This is an outstanding remaster. I played the album earlier and am now playing it again as I write.
I am hearing it as intended/recorded for the first time. The original vinyl and cd issues were not very good, but even within this context the sound of this remaster is vast. Rafferty's voice sounded weak and didn't seem to be up to some of the material on the original releases, but not now. His voice is right there, clear, detailed, powerful and expressive. I thought I'd had heard "Baker Street" as many times as I usefully could, but not now. A revelation.
I am hearing things in the arrangements I have never before heard and I have been playing this album since 1978 - "Stealin'Time" is just a different song with huge dynamics, the vocal arrangement of "Whatever's Written In Your Heart" in particular is spine tingling.
The packaging is as rubbish as only EMI could manage. There are no lyrics in the booklet but this is no big thing - every word in every song is crystal clear. But the "bonus" disc on this occasion is really worth a listen.
The sax intro to "Island" has just had me looking round to see if the guy was playing in my room.
To hear one of my most cherished albums like this was beyond all realistic hope or expectation given the sound of the original releases. The music shines and the full extent of Gerry Rafferty's talents is clearly revealed.
This is very,very good indeed.