Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan
After Stealers Wheel split up in 1975, Egan left music and Rafferty began his solo career. His single this year, Baker Street, started a wave of Raffertymania that culminated in his No. 1 LP, City to City. The Wheel’s greatest hits, culled from three releases in the early ’70s, bear City’s smooth vocals and floating harmonies, finely crafted folkish-rock melodies and the same novel instrumentation. Rafferty and Egan had one major hit, Stuck, but there was much more to this group than the public ever recognized. (Their peak was perhaps the rocker Everything Will Turn Out Fine.) Now their former label is cashing in on Rafferty’s coup, and so should anyone looking for a buoyant, thoroughly listenable alternative to the formula discotechnology of the day.