Steely Dan Sunday, “Third World Man [Live]” (1995)

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*** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX ***

(S. Victor Aaron: “Babylon Sisters” and “Third World Man” stand apart from the rest of the fare found on Goucho and perhaps they’re being the two songs representing for that album on Alive In America means that Becker and Fagen think so, too. But that doesn’t necessarily mean those songs come across the best in concert. As much as I love “Third World Man,” it plods already and even more so here. I’d imagine the urinals were crowded during this performance, though those folks would have missed Zingg and Erskine sparkle during the instrumental breaks.)


“Third World Man” was one of nine songs on Alive In America which had never before been played live. The original version goes back to the Aja era (yes, I know it was on Gaucho) and features an iconic guitar solo by Larry Carlton.

The Alive In America version, taken from the 1993 tour, features a reasonable facsimile by Drew Zingg and inspired drum work by Peter Erskine.

Overall, a solid but forgettable effort.

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Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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