I've been a huge fan of Gerry Rafferty since the early 70s. His music has given me an enormous amount of pleasure over the years. Being a fan of Mike Batt and one of my favourite songs being Caravan sung by Barbara Dickson, I thought I'd give this a whirl, not expecting that much really. First listen I thought not bad. Second listen I thought this is nice. Third try, mmmm this is good. Subsequently, this has become the most played CD of the year in my car, work, house, ipod etc. etc.
The songs have been stripped right back to basics, some with only piano and voice, but this is the essence of the album. It allows the full meaning of Mr Rafferty's writing to shine through. I've learned a lot about the songs from listening to this, most of which I didn't really hear on the original recordings.
The production and arrangements by Troy Donockley are superb. The Celtic/Scottish feel really adds to the beauty of the songs.
The last track on the album, Another World, which I had never heard before, is quite simply one of the most meaningful songs I've ever heard. It brings a tear to my eye every time I listen to it.
If you're a fan of Gerry Rafferty's music you must give this a try. Not at all what I was expecting but absolutely stunning.