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  • Audio CD (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hypertension
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Kyrie Elieson 3:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. The Waters Of Forgetfulness 4:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Don't Speak Of My Heart 5:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Because 2:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Everytime I Wake Up 5:20£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Love And Affection 5:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. The Land Of The Chosen Few 4:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Life Goes On 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Another World 3:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Time's Caught Up On You 3:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Conscious Love 4:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. Over My Head 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
13. Hang On 4:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
14. It's Easy To Talk 4:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
15. The Maid Of Culmore 4:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
16. Your Heart's Desire 5:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
17. Adeste Fidelis 4:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
18. Silent Night 3:30£0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Gerry Rafferty is a popular music giant, thanks to the song "Baker Street". His career long predated that phenomenal fixture of top 40 radio. Indeed, by the time he cut "Baker Street", Rafferty had already been a member of two extremely successful collaborations: The Humblebums and Stealers Wheel.

The album City to City, which spawned “Baker Street” was released in 1978. It was a melodic, yet strangely enigmatic album and sold in millions around the world, topping the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. This new and much awaited album--Life Goes On, features six unreleased tracks from Gerry, including two Christmas carols and a beautiful cover of The Beatles song “Because”. Sitting alongside these gems, Gerry has lovingly re-mastered some of his favourite tracks from his last three albums: “On a Wing and a Prayer", “Over My Head” and “Another World”.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr Frank Lee Bland VINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Quite why the other 2 reviewers have given 2 star reviews just because some of these tracks are previously released is a mystery - this is a well publicised fact.
Genuine Gerry Rafferty fans will be grateful for any new recordings whatsoever and these are appreciated as he is and always has been a recluse and more so in recent years due to well publicised ill health problems.
The album features 18 tracks of which 12 ( 7 are new edits ) are culled from his 3 albums over the last 20 years ( no-one said Gerry was prolific - That`s why we should cherish anything from the man ! ) plus 6 tracks which are new to CD. Some of these were once available to down load from Gerry`s old website ( one of the other reviewers made a snide comment about Gerry`s website `disappearing ` - and he`s a Gerry fan ?? ) but let`s be honest unless you are a hardcore fan you will not have any of these previously unreleased songs. Another reviewer made a churlish comment about Gerry having 2 seasonal songs ( Adeste Fidelis + Silent Night ) as the CD`s last 2 tracks. Nothing wrong with that in my book. In an ideal world yes some record company would pay Gerry to record a full album of Christmas songs - but that isnt going to happen is it ! So we`ll make do with the small mercies that are 2 great Seasonal songs from Gerry . Silent Night is possibly the finest version I have heard .
The new songs include sublime versions of the The Beatles Because and folk song The Maid of Culmore ( this is an entirely new Gerry song - shame the other 2 reviewers couldnt actually bring themselves to comment on any songs ! )
If you are a casual Gerry fan and have one of his earlier `best of` compilations` then this CD is an excellent addition and overview of his more recent work with the added bonus of some new songs.
Terry Wogan & Radio 2 listeners will be happy to hear that Gerry`s popular radio songs Dont Speak of My Heart & It`s Easy To Talk are included !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lookey on 28 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Gerry's final piece of work , is superb!

The reworked tracks and the previously unreleased stuff, are up to his usual high standards.
Reading Gerry's cover notes, it's almost if he knew.....

RIP Gerry and thanks for the great enjoyment you have given millions over the years
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Clectic on 1 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album, and despite what one or two other reviewers have said, I didn't feel short-changed. The previously unreleased and new tracks are beautiful. Gerry Rafferty's treatment of Kyrie Elieson, Adeste Fidelis, Silent Night and The Maid of Culmore are just beautiful, natural when you consider his gift for harmonies, whether with backing vocalists or himself. I have no issue with carols being a part of this album. Remember that Gerry Rafferty was brought up in the Catholic Church, which with its music, spectacle and ceremony had a powerful impact upon him. So it's unsurprising that having been through some pretty rough times personally, he returned to this music; hymns of hope and joy. Even if he wasn't ready or well enough to write new songs, he wanted to sing, and as he said himself, he loved to sing.

Likewise his version of Lennon & McCartney's 'Because' is a revelation; and even as a Beatles fan, I have to say that I like Gerry Rafferty's version more! Again, his harmonic talent shines through.

Then there are the new edits of songs from the On A Wing And A Prayer, Over My Head and Another World albums. Again, it's rewarding to have these songs, and it's interesting that he's revisited them either to give us something slightly different or to make the production clearer. Well, that's what I detect anyway. He put some thought into the re-mastering and editing of these tracks, as he says himself in the sleeve notes.

I received this as a birthday present, after Gerry Rafferty's death, and still very sad that he has gone, and sad that I'll never have the excitement of buying his latest album anymore. So I listened to the track Your Heart's Desire. And when I heard it, I almost whooped with joy.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JP on 15 Dec. 2009
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I really like this CD. A bell toll introduces `Kyrie Eleison', a religious chant from the Catholic Mass. Gerry Rafferty draws on his faith, which he touches on in this Christmas release. Mostly a compilation of selected songs from his past three studio albums, this CD also includes notable renditions of the Beatles song `Because' and an Irish folk ballad `The Maid of Culmore'. Gerry's vocal is smooth and the song choices blend well, with several saxophone and vocal harmony highlights. At times it is moving and always heartfelt. The CD closes with two Christmas offerings - `Adeste Fidelis' (sung in Latin and more familiar as `O' Come All Ye Faithful') and `Silent Night'.

These songs are often autobiographical - a private life which has, at times, seemed strained. Some low points during the last year attracted media attention which included a spell of recuperation. This was followed by a period of absence without leave which caused concern for his general health and well being, before finally surfacing at his home in central Italy. If nothing else, this album release shows that Gerry Rafferty is still very much around. This CD would make an excellent introduction to Gerry Rafferty's music, and a great festive gift. I very much hope Gerry strays never too far from his song writing craft, with, hopefully, the release of a new collection of songs somewhere on the horizon.
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