What does it sound like?:
A remastered reissue of Rafferty’s 1971 debut solo album, this release came between his spell in The Humblebums with Billy Connolly and his collaboration with Joe Egan in Stealers Wheel.
It’s a pleasant collection of folky songs, some tinged with a pop/rock influence. There are some very nice pieces on here – the title track, Mary Skeffington, written about his late mother, New Street Blues and an early collaboration with Joe Egan, Sign On The Dotted Line.
An album that disappeared into obscurity at the time, this is certainly worth re-evaluating – the lovely original cover artwork is faithfully reproduced, but a shame there’s only one bonus track, single B side So Bad Thinking.
What does it all *mean*?
For Rafferty much bigger and better things lay ahead, particularly with his big solo albums City to City and Night Owl, but the relative simplicity of the songs on this album allows him to demonstrate fully his promise and talent which was evident in even these early compositions and performances..
Goes well with…
Other Rafferty, Stealers Wheel albums, folk.
Might suit people who like…
Gentle folk pop/rock – melodic and tuneful, easy on the ear without being too demanding of your attention.