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Clowns to the Left Jokers to the Right
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
1997 collection on Raven featuring 21 tracks from the singer/ songwriter's most profitable & productive period, 1970-1982. 75 minutes of cuts from The Humblegums, Stealer'sWheel & his solo albums in the '70s. Includes 'Stu... more »
1997 collection on Raven featuring 21 tracks from the singer/ songwriter's most profitable & productive period, 1970-1982. 75 minutes of cuts from The Humblegums, Stealer'sWheel & his solo albums in the '70s. Includes 'Stuck In The Middle With You', 'Baker Street', 'Right Down The Line', 'Night Owl', 'Can I Have My Money Back?', 'Get It Right The Next Time', etc. The full title is 'Clowns To The Left, Jokers To The Right 1970-1982'.
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J. Carroll | Island Heights,NJ | 02/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a decent representation of Rafferty's work from his early folk duo,The Humblebums (partnered with Billy Connolly, no less) to his early 80's solo work and the wonderful "Baker Street." There are a number of quality tunes here and the chatty liner notes proved to be an interesting retrospective of Rafferty's career, but as another reviewer noted, this package is lacking some key songs. At least try to collect all the singles from the time period. I am ofetn disappointed by the lack of completeness with these greatest hits sets, but sometimes you have to take what's available."
Missing some key songs!
A Fan | VA | 09/20/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that many of these "best of" compilations always leave out one or two of an artists hits and replace them with some forgetable deep track. I don't understand what they are thinking when they do this. This collection is more guilty of this than most. They left off 3 top 40 hits - Star (Stealers Wheel), Home & Dry and Days Gone Down - and the album classic City to City! Gerry and Stealers Wheel only had a total of 7 top 40 hits and they leave off nearly half of them!?! Come on now, somebody wasn't paying attention when they put this collection together!
Not quite the trip I expected
cdale8 | Fremont, CA USA | 10/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For people that discovered music in the '70s, Gerry Rafferty represents a cross between soft, folky rock and blues-influenced ballad rock. While lyrically strong, Gerry's music can seem bland to most discophiles today. This compilation takes you through his career with all the hits. All the top 40 standouts are there -- "Stuck in the middle" and "Baker Street" and a preponderance of early folk like "Steamboat springs" and "Please sing a song for us" released by the Humblebums. There is a lot of historical pop rock here; its a great compilation for true fans that don't already have the individual releases. It isn't the way to introduce Gerry Rafferty to someone experienced only with the radio favs and looking for that same kind of catchy stuff played on classic rock stations. His evolution from folk to pop was a large one; if you're up for a history lesson this is a good disc to digest..."