Ferguslie Park 180G LP – Intervention Records

Ferguslie Park 180G LP


Original Release Date: 1973
Original Label: A&M

  • 100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray At CoHEARent Audio
  • Ultra-Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
  • Beautiful "Old-Style" Gatefold Printed By Stoughton

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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 City, Ferguslie 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.

Side One

  • 1
    Good Businessman
  • ▎▎
  • 3
  • 4
    Waltz (You Know It Makes Sense!)
  • 5
    What More Could You Want
  • 6
    Over My Head

Side Two

  • 1
    Blind Faith
  • 2
    Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind
  • ▎▎
    Steamboat Row
  • 4
    Back On My Feet Again
  • 5
    Who Cares
  • 6
    Everything Will turn Out Fine

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
  • UPC: 684334915553
  • Original Label: A&M
  • Original Release Date: 1973

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