Rest In Blue (2LP Black)
Gerry Rafferty

Rest In Blue (2LP Black)

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Celebrating his 75th birthday, Gerry Rafferty’s first posthumous album Rest In Blue has been pressed on 2LP black vinyl.

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Rest In Blue showcases Gerry’s songwriting and vocals in superb form, culminating in an album brimming with raw emotion, and a quintessential collection of blues, rock, and folk. It will be released on 2LP black vinyl, with side D featuring a beautiful etching.

Rest In Blue was a project that Gerry’s daughter, Martha Rafferty, sought to complete following Gerry’s sad passing in 2011. He had been working on a new album on and off since 2006, featuring many demos he had written throughout his illustrious career, some even dating back as far as 1970. Many of the demos left by Gerry included multiple layers of synths, which Martha stripped back to showcase his immense vocal ability.

With elements of the songs written at varying parts of Gerry’s career, the album tackles a variety of topics including, climate change on Sign Of The Times, questioning the legality of war in Lost Highway, and addressing problems with his alcoholism in the emotively honest Still In Denial. As well as many brand-new originals penned by Gerry, the album features popular traditional folk songs such as Wild Mountain Thyme and Dirty Old Town. It also features a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson’s It’s Just The Motion, an artist Gerry was a big admirer of. The album finishes with a re-record of the Stealers Wheel classic Stuck In The Middle With You recorded back in the 90s, that gives the track a fresh, country-inspired interpretation.

Rest In Blue called upon many musicians that had worked closely with Gerry throughout his career. One of which is guitarist Hugh Burns, who played on a vast amount of Rafferty’s catalogue, including the powerful guitar solo on Baker Street. Renowned vocalist Katie Kissoon performed backing vocals on many of the tracks, having previously worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, George Michael and many more. Rest In Blue also features Alan Clark, formerly of Dire Straits, on piano and the Hammond organ, alongside many other incredible musicians. Whilst the album features many long-time collaborators, it also features bright, upcoming talent in the form of producer Tambala, who co-produced and mixed the track Slow Down, the album’s first single which is available to listen to now.

Side A:

  1. Still In Denial
  2. Full Moon
  3. Sign Of The Times
  4. You Are All I Want
  5. I Still Love You

Side B:

  1. Wild Mountain Thyme
  2. Slow Down
  3. It’s Just The Motion
  4. Look At Me Now

Side C:

  1. Dirty Old Town
  2. Lost Highway
  3. Keeper Of My Soul
  4. Precious Memories
  5. Stuck In The Middle With You

Side D:

Etching