Intervention Records' First Hybrid SACD/CD Release Mastered from Analog Tape by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Featuring the FM Radio Classic "Stuck in the Middle"
The short but legendary recording career of Stealers Wheel is defined by the pinnacle reached with its first two albums. Listening to this extraordinary self-titled 1972 debut effort it's easy to hear why many thought Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan's Stealer's Wheel would become the UK's answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The duo's distinctive songwriting style is in full evidence, marrying ultra-catchy hooks and melodies to thoughtful but biting lyrics laced with black humor and sharp satire.
As a band, Stealers Wheel was already disintegrating even as it was being formed. Players were being shifted in and out of the lineup right up to the recording sessions for this debut record, and leader Gerry Rafferty split from the band before the LP's official release. However, as "Stuck in the Middle" streaked up the charts in the US (peaking at #6) and the UK, Rafferty came back and the band became Rafferty and Egan plus backing players in the studio and on tour.
Songs from Stealers Wheel's stellar first pair of LPs have gotten steady airplay since they were released, and of course Rafferty's breakout success with his solo album City to City shined a bright light on his earlier efforts. And there's no denying that Stealers Wheel became an indelible element of pop culture for generations to come when maverick director Quentin Tarantino built a major set piece of his own debut Reservoir Dogs around the infectious hooks of "Stuck in the Middle."
Intervention Records is proud to announce its first Hybrid SACD/CD title, Stealers Wheel's self-titled debut. Remarkably this is the first time this rock classic has been in print on CD in the United States. The 24-bit/192kHz high-res digital files used for this CD/SACD release are specially prepared high-res archives of Intervention's critically acclaimed LP mastering. Kevin Gray transferred the 24/192 PCM files to DSD, and Gus Skinas prepared the disc masters at the Super Audio Center in Boulder, CO.
Of Intervention's Stealers Wheel vinyl reissue, Analog Planet's Michael Fremer wrote, "First rate packaging, Kevin Gray's impeccable mastering, and RTI's plating and pressing. Reissues do not get any better than this." Intervention has lived up to this praise by recreating the LP experience as closely as possible on this SACD/CD release. The disc label is as artistically identical to the LP as they could make it, and Stoughton has printed beautiful 5" old-style "tip on" jackets with film lamination.
• Mastered From Analog Tape by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
• DSD/CD Disc Masters Prepared by Gus Skinas at Super Audio Center
• Deluxe Old Style "tip on" 5" Jacket Printed by Stoughton