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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - STEALERS WHEEL- "LONGING FOR THE BEATLES" FEATURING THE ALBUM "STEALERS WHEEL" BY STEALERS WHEEL IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 50 - THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACK TREASURES JUST FOR YOU!!

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – STEALERS WHEEL- “LONGING FOR THE BEATLESFEATURING THE ALBUM “STEALERS WHEELBY STEALERS WHEEL IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVEEPISODE # 50 – THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACK TREASURES JUST FOR YOU!!

“LONGING FOR THE BEATLES

EPISODE #28: STEALERS WHEEL (1973, A&M)

The Beatles had only broken up three years earlier, and Nixon was still president, but under siege. There was a palpable spiritual deficit being reckoned with, so when Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan debuted their potent, Scottish simulacrum of Beatlesque tunefulness, “Stuck in the middle with you,” I was eager to bathe in its afterglow.

Produced by none other than Lieber and Stoller, who anointed this duo with unassailable Rock n Roll credentials, Stealers Wheel is one of the strongest first albums ever made, and it still holds up. The harmonies, the catchy melodies, and humorous cynicism of the lyrics all combine to conjure up good times and good memories – a prescription for a wounded generation. What a shame that the swelling egos and sticky business entanglements couldn’t have been reconciled to save this promising combo.

Gerry Rafferty went on to a big solo career, with the mega-hit “Baker Street” that continued to net him 80,000 pounds annually 40 years after its release. Alcoholism, and an irreconcilable aversion to touring, indeed to doing any promotion whatsoever, eventually brought him down, as well.

Today, most people know Stuck in the Middle with You from the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs, which appeared 20 years after the song’s original release. Consequently, the tune has never really disappeared, in fact, the opposite: it’s become part of the fabric of memory for three generations. But, that ditty is just the beginning, the portal to a nearly perfect pop album – and John Byrne’s anthropomorphic, Alice in Wonderland cover art invites us into a beautifully appointed memory cottage, to partake of its healing Beatle balm, concocted with past, present, and future musical salves.

1. “Late Again” Joe Egan, Gerry Rafferty 3:16 2. “Stuck in the Middle with You ” Egan, Rafferty 3:25 3. “Another Meaning” Egan 3:01 4. “I Get By” Egan 3:16 5. “Outside Looking In” Rafferty 3:54 6. “Johnny’s Song” Rafferty 3:45 7. “Next to Me” Egan, Rafferty 3:37 8. “José” Egan 3:23 9. “Gets So Lonely” Egan 2:57 10. “You Put Something Better Inside Me” Egan, Rafferty 3:50


By Rich Buckland 03/20/2022 03:38 PM

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