NUMBER ONE ALBUMS, 1976-85 WEEK* (MAY 5-11, 2014)
This is the album that finally knocked the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack from the #1 spot. If all that was on this CD was Baker Street, it would be worth the price of admission. But in addition to that classic, we're treated to a whole buffet of well-written folkish soft rock selections. Sort of a cross between Paul McCartney and Jackson Browne. Rafferty has a great voice and he (along with Hugh Murphy) produced and sequenced this album perfectly. My only beef would be the depressing lyrical content, but I can choose not to pay that any attention. Raffery's biggest selling and most popular album, I'm now adding these tracks to the soft rock rotation.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (1 week, July 8, 1978)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #2
Tracks: I didn't own this on vinyl, but if I had, I'm betting side one would have been played more than side two. Not that the side two is bad, but the first side is that strong. Obviously Baker Street is my favorite track; the only track I'll skip is Whatever's Written In Your Heart. Nothing rocks as hard as Baker Street and that's okay with this soft rock kid. It was nice to rediscover Home And Dry (#28 pop, #26 AC) which I had completely forgotten until now.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Baker Street doesn't take me to London, but rather takes me right back to the summer following 6th grade in a big hurry. Hot, dry summer in the Texas desert. In addition to that, I'm getting a strange vision of a little Honda Civic CVCC hatchback, which is strange because my family didn't own one.
*Two weeks ago on another blog (My Favorite Decade, 1976-1985), I asked myself if I owned all of the #1 albums from that particular decade. It turned out that I wasn't anywhere close to owning them all and, embarrassed, went on a CD shopping spree to rectify the situation. With most of these #1 albums, I am hearing them complete for the first time this week.