City to City

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City to City
Studio album by Gerry Rafferty
Released 20 January 1978 (1978-01-20)
Recorded 1977, Chipping Norton Recording Studios
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 51:12
Label United Artists
Producer Hugh Murphy
Gerry Rafferty chronology
Can I Have My Money Back
(1971)
City to City
(1978)
Night Owl
(1979)
Singles from City to City
  1. "City to City (Belgium and the Netherlands only)"
    Released: 1977
  2. "Baker Street"
    Released: 1978
  3. "Right Down the Line"
    Released: 1978
  4. "Home and Dry (US only)"
    Released: 1978
  5. "The Ark (the Netherlands and Germany only)"
    Released: 1978
  6. "Whatever's Written in Your Heart (UK promo only)"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B− [2]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [3]

City to City is a 1978 album and the second studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. It was Rafferty's first solo release in six years - and first release of any kind since 1975 - due to his tenure in the band Stealers Wheel and subsequent legal proceedings which prevented Rafferty from releasing any new solo recordings for the next three years. The album was strongly received, peaking at #1 in the US and going Platinum,[4] as well as reaching #6 in the UK and achieving Gold status. "Baker Street", "Right Down the Line" and "Home and Dry" were successfully released as singles. "Baker Street" is widely regarded as Rafferty's signature song and by October 2010 had reached 5 million plays on British radio.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gerry Rafferty, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Ark"   5:36
2. "Baker Street"   6:01
3. "Right Down The Line"   4:20
4. "City To City"   4:51
5. "Stealin’ Time"   5:39
6. "Mattie’s Rag"   3:28
7. "Whatever’s Written In Your Heart"   6:30
8. "Home And Dry"   4:52
9. "Island"   5:04
10. "Waiting For The Day"   5:26

Singles[edit]

Baker Street[edit]

Main article: Baker Street (song)

United Artists wanted to use "City to City" as the lead single from the album, but Rafferty felt that "Baker Street" would be a better choice and eventually the latter song became the first single in most countries (see "City to City" single release below). Released on 3 February 1978, "Baker Street" became hugely popular, peaking at #3 in the UK Singles Chart and at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song greatly aided its parent album in reaching the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for one week in the summer of 1978. The b-side of "Baker Street" featured "Big Change in the Weather", a rare song that, until the album's reissue in 2011, had yet to appear on any other Rafferty recording.

Right Down the Line[edit]

"Right Down the Line" reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent four non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart in the U.S. in 1978,[5] making this the only Rafferty song to ever reach number one on any US chart.

Home and Dry[edit]

"Home and Dry" was the third single from the album in the United States, but did not have a UK release. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking a third consecutive Top 40 hit for Rafferty on that chart. The b-side featured the fifth track from City to City, "Mattie's Rag".

City to City[edit]

The title track had releases in Belgium (1977) and the Netherlands (1978). The b-side featured an extended version of "Mattie's Rag".[6]

The Ark[edit]

"The Ark" was released as a single in the Netherlands and Germany in 1978. The Dutch single featured "Waiting for the Day" as the b-side, while the German single used "Whatever's Written In Your Heart". Both b-sides were from the album, used as the tenth and seventh tracks respectively.[7]

Whatever's Written in Your Heart[edit]

"Whatever's Written In Your Heart" was only released on a-side as a promotional single in the United Kingdom in 1978. "Waiting for the Day" was used as the b-side.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1978 Billboard 200 1 [9]
1978 UK Albums Chart 6 [10]

Single

Year Song Chart Peak
position
1978 "Baker Street" Billboard Easy Listening 4 [11]
1978 "Baker Street" Billboard Hot 100 2 [11]
1978 "Baker Street" UK Singles Chart 3 [10]
1978 "Right Down the Line" Billboard Easy Listening 1 [11]
1978 "Right Down the Line" Billboard Hot 100 12 [11]
1978 "Home and Dry" Billboard Hot 100 28 [11]

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAAU.S. Gold 26 May 1978 (1978-05-26) [4]
BPIUK Gold 31 May 1978 (1978-05-31) [12]
RIAA – U.S. Platinum 20 June 1978 (1978-06-20) [4]

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack) by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
8–14 July 1978
Succeeded by
Some Girls by The Rolling Stones