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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Can I Have My Money Back: Remastered & Expanded'
Artist - Gerry Rafferty

For those not in the know, Gerald "Gerry" Rafferty was a Scottish singer-songwriter best known for his solo hits "Baker Street", "Right Down the Line" and "Night Owl", as well as "Stuck in the Middle with You" recorded with the band Stealers Wheel.

Now Digitally Remastered and made into an Expanded Edition (albeit by just the one track only), Can I Have My Money Back? was the first solo album by Gerry Rafferty in 1971. The album was well received, but performed poorly in charts and sales, in part because Rafferty had just left a well known band, The Humblebums. The album also saw Joe Egan come on board, and the pair formed Stealers Wheel shortly afterwards.

1. "New Street Blues"
2. "Didn't I?"
3. "Mr Universe"
4. "Mary Skeffington"
5. "The Long Way Round"
6. "Can I Have My Money Back?"
7. "Sign on the Dotted Line"
8. "Make You, Break You"
9. "To Each and Everyone"
10. "One Drink Down"
11. "Don't Count Me Out"
12. "Half a Chance"
13. "Where I Belong"
14. "So Bad Thinking" (Bonus Track)"

This critically acclaimed well produced fusion of folk and rock influences may not have set the world alight back in the day, but here now, Digitally Remastered tracks such as opener "New Street Blues" simply sound crisper, have an added depth to them. It's just so jazzy, so bluesy, so upbeat and freeflowing. Simply put, just this one track is enough to sell this album to me!

The softer, gentler guitar work of "Didn't I?" is next and is backed by "Mr. Universe", a track that showcases the guitar work Zed Jenkins perfectly. Chock full of short songs, none so elaborate as his longer creations, this means that there is more room for mood changes, twists and turns within all the melodies. Next up is the beautiful Ukulele-played ballad "Mary Skeffington" and that's backed by the Beatles-sounding piano ballad "The Long Way Round".

The musical pop "rap" that opens the title track, the honky tonk "Can I Have My Money Back?" is one of the stand out highlights of this album and showcases Rafferty's musical talents wonderfully. The gentle piano work that gradually builds of "Sign On The Dotted Line" is up next, and that's followed by the upbeat joy of "Make You, Break You", the Renaissance feel of "To Each and Everyone", "One Drink Down" (complete with a nod to Rafferty's Bar), and then "Don't Count Me Out".

The stunning "Half a Chance" and original closing track "Where I Belong" are the perfect pair to do just that, bringing an album to an end that, for the most part, should have been given more of a chance to breathe within the public forum back in the day. Here with the freeflowing Bonus Track of "So Bad Thinking" (originally released as the B-side of the 7" single of the album title track), the new booklet features a new essay and fully restores the original album artwork.

In truth, there´s always something good in the universe to make us feel happy and thus, I am happy that I personally found a special one in this delightful album from Gerry Rafferty. I hope you take my word and buy this now Digitally Remastered and Expanded Edition CD from Cherry Red Records (UK).

Also, it should be mentioned that the aforementioned distinctive cover design was by John Patrick Byrne and was the start of a long working relationship between Rafferty and the playwright.

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