What does it sound like?:
The story of Stealers Wheel, Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty is a cautionary tale, one of triumph and disaster, often at the same time.
They were school friends in Paisley. Gerry honed his songwriting skills in The Humblebums with Billy Connolly. Billy enjoyed telling jokes between the songs but when the songs became interludes between the jokes, Gerry left to make a solo album, tellingly entitled Can I Have My Money Back? in 1971. He invited Joe to accompany him on vocals. Soon, they were writing songs together and Stealers Wheel was formed.
Their debut was as a five piece band, including Paul Pilnick on electric guitar. The record company, A & M, invested in top notch producers, Lieber and Stoller, and the ex-Beatles engineer, Geoff Emerick. The songs were evenly split between Joe compositions, Gerry compositions and co-writes. Some were folky, others were rocky. The rocky ones, most notably I Get By, would resemble Bad Company if not for the fact that Bad Company only came into being years later. The folky ones sound best when the pair of them sing lead together. Their vocal blend, backed by a set of silk strings » Continue Reading.