Released April 1980
Format Vinyl
Type Studio Album
Genre Folk Rock
Length 0:00
Number of discs 1
Edition date 1980
Country UK
Label United Artists Records
Catalog Number UAK30298
Edition details ℗ 1980 Original Sound Recordings made by Liberty-United Records (UK) Ltd.Issued with a custom printed inner sleeve containing credits.


Snakes and Ladders is the fourth album by Gerry Rafferty. It was released in 1980, following the success of his previous two albums, City to City and Night Owl. The album charted at No. 15 in the UK but only reached No. 61 in the US. The album was released on CD in 1998 [EMI 7 46609-2] but deleted soon after that, and it got reissued on CD on August 2012 as a 2-CD set with "Sleepwalking."

Some of the songs are available on compilation albums. One of the songs, "The Garden Of England", was recorded at Beatles producer George Martin's AIR studio in Montserrat. All the songs were original Rafferty compositions, though one – "Johnny's Song" – was a remake of a song which had been previously released by his former band Stealer's Wheel, and another – "Didn't I" – was a remake of a song from Rafferty's 1971 album Can I Have My Money Back.


Gerry Rafferty – vocals, guitar, keyboards
Mo Foster – bass
Ian Lynn – keyboards
Jerry Donahue – guitar
Richard Harvey – synthesiser, penny whistle
Bryn Haworth – guitar, slide guitar
Richard Brunton – guitar
Mel Collins – saxophone
Betsy Cook – backing vocals
Liam Genockey – drums
Billy Livsey – piano, keyboards
Raphael Ravenscroft – saxophone
Frank Ricotti – percussion
Pete Wingfield – organ
Pete Zorn – bass
Billy Wingfield – piano, Moog synthesiser

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