17. Baker street (Gerry Rafferty)

Gerry Rafferty (image credit), the singer of Stealers Wheel, went solo (again) in the late seventies. He struck artistic gold right from the start with Baker street, a beautiful song from his 1978 album City to city, a top 3 hit in the UK and the USA. It helped the album reaching platinum status. The lyrics are somewhat depressing, dealing with the evil of drink, the inevitability of night-life loneliness, and the difficulty of getting back on your feet and starting anew. However, this is set off against the phenomenal instrumentation, crowned by the unforgettable saxophone solo by Raphael Ravenscroft, which has been rightfully hailed as rocks greatest sax break in the Guinness Rockopedia.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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