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 Post subject: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:01 am 
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Steely Dan
(1972-1981, 1993-)
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001

DDD List Superlatives (current as of 7/21/2011)
#13 on 100 Greatest Music Duos
#46 on 100 Greatest Soft Rock Artists
#75 on 100 Greatest Rock Artists of the 1970's

Walter Becker: #112 on 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters (with Donald Fagen)
Donald Fagen: #56 on 100 Greatest Fusion Artists, #112 on 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters (with Walter Becker)
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter: #159 on 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists

Can't Buy A Thrill: #38 on 100 Greatest Rock Debut Albums, #168 on 100 Greatest Rock Albums of the 1970's
Pretzel Logic: #121 on 100 Greatest Rock Albums of the 1970's
The Royal Scam: #88 on 100 Greatest Rock Guitar Albums
Aja: #21 on 100 Greatest Rock Drumming Albums (Steve Gadd), #28 on 100 Greatest Fusion Albums, #69 on 100 Greatest Rock Albums of the 1970's

"Aja": #26 on 100 Greatest Rock Drum Performances (Steve Gadd)
"Deacon Blues": #66 on 100 Greatest Songs from 1977
"Do It Again": #33 on 100 Greatest Songs from 1972, 1000 Songs Every Rock Fan Should Know
"Hey Nineteen": #71 on 100 Greatest Songs from 1980
"Kid Charlemange" : #58 on 100 Greatest Rock Guitar Solos (Larry Carlton)
"Peg": #80 on 100 Greatest Songs from 1977
"Reelin' in the Years": #16 on 100 Greatest Songs from 1972, #111 on 100 Greatest Rock Songs of the 1970's, #228 on 100 Greatest Rock Guitar Solos (Elliott Randall)
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number": #16 on 100 Greatest Songs from 1974


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:11 am 
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i've just made a tier. Agreeable?


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
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Pretzel Logic and The Royal Scam easily merit red.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:29 pm 
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done.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
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Looks pretty good to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
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SanTropez wrote:
Looks pretty good to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
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Picture-perfect. Definitely need to get back into SD.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:06 pm 
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I'm seriously tempted to buy some tickets to see these guys in Lenox, MA this summer. There's some decently priced tickets ($25 for nosebleed section "lawn" seats, $55 for decent middle seats), but Lenox is in Northwestern MA and probably a crazy long drive. Might be worth it, considering that the next time they come near me, it will be in Boston, but it will be at a pricey theater and in late September when i'm back in school.

In two months, this band has gone from one that I paid little mind to into one of my favorite bands and one that I will drop everything to see live.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
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wahts the next best album to fet into after aja?


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
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zephead8 wrote:
wahts the next best album to fet into after aja?


"Can't Buy A Thrill". After that, listen to the rest of their albums chronologically.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:45 pm 
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ok cool. thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:14 am 
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alternately, if you can find it cheap, I recommend you buy the "Citizen Steely Dan" box set. I kind of dislike that they shoved seven albums onto 4 CDs (which kind of ruins the flow by having some albums split in half), but its a minor complaint. It actually has four songs (the non-album singles "FM (No Static At All)" and "Here at the Western World", the live version of "Bodhisattva" that they kept using as a b-side, and a demo of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies") that are difficult to find elsewhere. I saw one the other day at a Newbury Comics for $25 used (I didn't want to risk to buying it, used boxed sets are always a gamble).

Its recommended that you either buy these albums, or borrow them from the library. This is a band that wrote funny, interesting liner notes (especially for the remastered re-releases) that should really be experienced as a booklet rather than a pdf or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:15 am 
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Been waiting for this thread - I ve been a Steely Dan obsessive for 35 years - I see them each time they come to the UK (which is not often) but see the next best thing - UK tribute Nearly Dan - about 25 times



A few comments on posts so far

For me, Gaucho bears comparison with any of the other albums including Aja. Its comparative lack of acclaim stems only from the fact that it was the Aja follow-up and took so long so make. I see it as probably the most perfectly recorded album ever made - in fact it won the Grammy for best engineered (I think) album. Don and Walt used over 40 musos and shipped them in and out of the studio on a track by track basis. The list of contributing guitar players alone is unbelievable, but when has anyone seen Porcaro, Gadd, Purdie and Marotta on the same album?. No fillers, serious grooves and 'that' Larry Carlton performance on Third World Man. Famous also for Mark Knopfler's first sessionjob - recording hours of work and finding only 7 seconds of it actually making the album !

The Citizen box set is wonderful - Aside from the stuff already mentioned, it contains a superb booklet and that live version of Bodhisattva that Piper mentions contains MC Jerome Anitons hilarious drunken introduction of the band - Whatever !!



Would highly recommend the DVD - 'The making of Aja' in the classic album series - here is a 5 min excerpt



The 'Alive in America' album is pretty average although it contains Drew Zingg on guitar who never recorded on a studio album with SD, but is a serious quality player. For live performances the 2VN DVD is first rate and doesnt only contain 2VN material.

Thats enough for now


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:57 am 
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Steely Dan famously don't often trek out of the United States, but, for a band that spent most of the 70's with agoraphobia, they apparently put on one of the best live shows out of any active band.


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 Post subject: Re: Steely Dan
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:53 am 
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What I have in the first post is a demo of the new first post type.
Those positions are based on the lists currently on the website.


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