Stealers Wheel

Ferguslie Park

Ferguslie Park

Original Release Date: 1973

Original Label: A&M

 

 

 

 

• 100% Analog Mastering From Real                 Analog Tapes!

• Mastered by Kevin Gray At Cohearent             Audio

• Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At       RTI

• Deluxe Old Style Single-Pocket                Gatefold Printed By Stoughton

 

(3 Reviews) READ

 

 

"The sonics on this reissue are superb in every way. Even if you are a fan of this record and think you know it inside out, I think you’ll hear things previously buried in the compression that are now allowed to float freely on the soundstage."  -Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

 

"This all-analog reissue of infectious lit pop ... a deep and wide soundstage and tight, punchy drums and guitar." -Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound

 

Overlooked Gem from UK Legends Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan as Stealers Wheel. Hit Singles Include "Good Businessman," and "Star," Which Peaked at #6 in the US

It's easy to see why many thought Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan's Stealer's Wheel would become the UK's answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The duo's songwriting prowess is in peak form on Ferguslie Park, marrying ultra-catchy hooks and melodies to gorgeous vocal harmonies. For those who would look at the apparent overnight success of Rafferty's 1978 breakout City to CityFerguslie Park is the record you can spin and hear where it all came from with great clarity, including those to-die-for saxophone interludes. 

The short but legendary recording career of Stealers Wheel is defined by the pinnacle reached with its first two albums. While  Ferguslie Park wouldn't have a mega-hit smash single like "Stuck in the Middle" (#6, US), this sophomore LP is a more polished effort overall from song to song, beginning to end. By the time Ferguslie Park was recorded, the band was distilled down to the songwriting duo of Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan working with a backing band of session players. It would hardly matter as Rafferty and Egan were clearly the creative essence of Stealers Wheel. Knowing the band's history of battling themselves, their producers and their record label it's easy to see where they were coming from with songs like "Good Businessman," "Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind," "Who Cares" and "(Everyone's Agreed That) Everything Will Turn Out Fine."

Ferguslie Park is a real district in Paisley, Scotland, where Rafferty and Egan first met in their teens. It's a story as old as rock n' roll itself that Stealers Wheel wasn't long for the world as a band- only one more LP would follow. But that doesn't dim the brilliance of the overlooked gem that is Ferguslie Park.

 

Mastering Notes

Stealers Wheel’s Ferguslie Park is sourced from the best tape that is currently available, a beautifully preserved ½” 30ips “safety copy” of the original 15 ips stereo master (in the photo at left notice the tape's misspelling as "Fergusile Park!"). When mastering this LP we compared what we were getting off the tape to the esteemed original A&M UK “RL” cut (Robert Ludwig!) on LP.  While great sounding overall, the original LP’s use of dynamic limiting/compression was easily evident, with the soft parts being louder and more up front, and the louder/busier passages dropping in level and noticeably smearing over the tremendous delicacy and nuance in the vocals and instruments. For the IR cut we eliminated this dynamic limiting and heard an immediate expansion and openness in the soundstage, and musical detail previously buried came to sparkling new life!

 

 

 

 

Release Notes

Format: 180-Gram Single 33 Pressed at RTI

Jacket: Old Style Single-Pocket Gatefold Printed by Stoughton on Heavy Stock & Film-Laminated

IR Catalog: IR-002

Manufacturer: Intervention Records

Original Label: A&M

Original Release Date: 1973

Release Date: Shipping Late December 2015

 

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"The sonics on this reissue are superb in every way. Even if you are a fan of this record and think you know it inside out, I think you’ll hear things previously buried in the compression that are now allowed to float freely on the soundstage."  -Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

"This all-analog reissue of infectious lit pop ... a deep and wide soundstage and tight, punchy drums and guitar." -Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound

Overlooked Gem from UK Legends Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan as Stealers Wheel

Hit Singles Include "Good Businessman," and "Star," Which Peaked at #6 in the US

 

 

TRACKS

 

Side 1 Side 2
1) Good Businessman 1) Blind Faith
2) Star 2) Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind
3) Wheelin'  3) Steamboat Row
4) Waltz (You Know It Makes Sense) 4) Back On My Feet Again
5) What More Could You Want 5) Who Cares
6) Over My Head 6) Everything Will Turn Out Fine
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Jerry Rafferty
  • Getting Closer to Baker St?
  • Rafferty & Egan
  • Jerry Rafferty and Joe Egan
  • Jerry Rafferty

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