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At A Glance
Everything Must Go
Loosening their notoriously anal retentive studio bent has yielded upbeat immediacy, an almost un-Dan-like brightness to jazzy funk and blues that snap and crackle--even if pop is obviously the farthest thing from their fevered brows.
A Decade Of Steely Dan [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Here's the duo's best-known public works and radio fodder, a sampler that will satisfy the hit-hungry and tempt the less acquainted to sample B&F's more colorful musical adventures.
Aja [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Time has proven them wiser than their rock crit detractors: These seven songs abound in knotty plots, sneaky imagery, and drop-dead brilliant performances from a blue chip studio repertory studded with first-call jazz players epitomized by Wayne Shorter's towering solo on the title song.
Two Against Nature
A little more musically languorous perhaps, its trademark cynicism now undercut by hints of sadness and regret, this is nonetheless a Steely Dan album worthy of the name, and like the best of them, one whose subtle charms reveal themselves in surprising ways.
Gaucho [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Pristine and sonically polished (three years and seven studios worth), time has served Gaucho well. Even its sense of laconic detachment now seems but a logical bridge to the two-decade removed Dan of Two Against Nature.
Pretzel Logic [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Pretzel Logic marked a transition for Steely Dan from a studio-bound rock band producing hits such as "Reeling in the Years" and "Do It Again" to a looser constellation of studio musicians under the direction of songwriters Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
Can't Buy A Thrill [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Songwriters Walter Becker and Donald Fagen launched Steely Dan with a seductive, poker-faced 1972 debut as smoothly accessible in its music as it was elusive in its thematic concerns. There isn't a weak track here, astonishing, considering how much growth future Dan albums would display.
Katy Lied [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
While retaining a solid rock foundation, the music finds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen engaging their jazz influences more successfully than ever; Fagen's piano fills alone are some of the most impressive music laid to tape in the '70s.
The Royal Scam [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Though it didn't garner the radio attention of Aja, its more jazz-suffused, multiplatinum follow-up, Scam boasts a diverse, occasionally muscular musical rhetoric and some of the Dan's most telling portraits. Small wonder many Dan fans consider it their best.
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