180g Vinyl LP Reissue Mastered in Complete Analog from the Best Analog Sources Available by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and Pressed at RTI
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.
But 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." The scene is as grisly as it is unforgettable and of course it's set up brilliantly by Steven Wright's styling as the world's dryest DJ. K-Billy's Super Sounds of the '70s aren't complete without Stealers Wheel!
"The remastering and repressing (courtesy of the dream team of Kevin Gray and RTI, respectively) are a revelation, and this version buries my original. I always knew there were layers of depth behind the surface of these songs, but I never dreamed how many layers of musical subtlety were there. The increase in resolution, transparency, separation, depth, dynamic range and bandwidth is frankly remarkable."
—Roy Gregory, The Audio Beat
"So you have first rate packaging, Kevin Gray's impeccable mastering, and RTI's plating and pressing. Reissues do not get any better than this."
—Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
• 180-gram vinyl
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Mastered 100% analog from masters or the best analog source available
• Pressed at RTI
• Single-jacket packaging printed at Stoughton to match the original release