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, soft rock
Length 51:12
Label United Artists
Producer Hugh Murphy and Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty chronology
Can I Have My Money Back
(1971)Can I Have My Money Back1971
City to City
Night Owl
(1979)Night Owl1979
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 No. 1 in the US and going Platinum,[4] as well as reaching No. 6 in the UK and achieving Gold status. "Baker Street", "Right Down the Line" and "Home and Dry" were successfully released as singles. By October 2010, "Baker Street" had reached 5 million plays on British radio.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gerry Rafferty.

No. Title Length
1. "The Ark" 5:36
2. "Baker Street" 6:01
3. "Right Down the Line" 4:28[5]
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


Baker Street[edit]

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" peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and spent four weeks at No. 1 in Canada. It reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, spending six weeks in this position, and two weeks at No. 1 on the US Cash Box Top 100. The B-side of "Baker Street" was "Big Change in the Weather".

Right Down the Line[edit]

"Right Down the Line" reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaked for two weeks at number eight on the Cash Box Top 100, and spent four non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart in the US in 1978,[6] the only Rafferty song to reach number one on this chart. Bonnie Raitt covered the song in 2012, including it in her Slipstream album.

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 No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking a third consecutive Top 40 hit for Rafferty on that chart. It reached No. 23 in Canada.[7] The B-side featured the sixth 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".[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Barbara Dickson – backing vocals on tracks 1 and 7
  • Raphael Ravenscroftsaxophone on tracks 2 and 9
  • Roger Brown – backing vocals on track 4
  • Vivian McAuliff – backing vocals on track 4
  • John McBurnie – backing vocals on track 4
  • Rab Noakes – backing vocals on track 4
  • Paul Jonesharmonica on track 4
  • Hugh Murphy – tambourine on track 4
  • Willy Ray – accordion on tracks 6 and 9
  • Joanna Carlin – backing vocals on track 7

Australian bush band The Bushwackers featured on track 1 "The Ark", playing the introductory piece on fiddle, concertina and bodhran. This piece was also used under the guitar solo in the middle of the song. Their fee was 25 pounds for the session and were never paid.[citation needed]



Chart (1978) Peak
Billboard 200[11] 1
Kent Music Report 3
UK Albums Chart[12] 6


Song Chart (1978) Peak
"Baker Street" Billboard Easy Listening[13] 4
"Baker Street" Billboard Hot 100[13] 2
"Baker Street" Canada RPM 1
"Baker Street" UK Singles Chart[12] 3
"Right Down the Line" Billboard Easy Listening[13] 1
"Right Down the Line" Billboard Hot 100[13] 12
"Right Down the Line" Canada RPM 5
"Home and Dry" Billboard Hot 100[13] 28


Organization Level Date
RIAA – US[4] Gold 26 May 1978 (1978-05-26)
BPI – UK[14] Gold 31 May 1978 (1978-05-31)
RIAA – US[4] Platinum 20 June 1978 (1978-06-20)


  • 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