Steely Dan Sunday: “Peg [Live]” (1995)

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Perhaps one of the two or three songs to make every Steely Dan set list since the guys started touring again in ’93, it’s no surprise that “Peg” makes its appearance on Alive in America. This version, taken from the ’94 tour, features Dennis Chambers’ fine reproduction of the original drum track of Rick Marotta and Georg Wadenius reinvention of the fabled guitar solo.

Wadenius wisely forgoes attempting to duplicate the original, and instead creates a part which easily could have been picked for the original version of the song. The sax section fills in the holes left by the absence of a clavinet and Becker’s rhythm guitar is prominently featured.

A rearranged version of “Peg”? Not a chance.

[Something Else! Rewind: Here’s our take on the original studio version of “Peg” that became a hit for Steely Dan in 1977.]

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Note: video above is of a later performance of “Peg”

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