Steely Dan Sunday, “Kid Charlemagne [Live]” (1995)

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*** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX ***

Let’s face it, last week was a bit of a snoozer. The live version of “Third World Man” proves that you can take a great song and file down the edges.

Not so this week. Georg Wadenius stares a classic, iconic guitar solo in the face — didn’t Rolling Stone magazine call the original solo by Larry Carlton one of the best rock solos of all time? — and does the song and the solo justice.

He is helped by a super funked up rhythm section of Tom Barney on bass and Dennis Chambers on drums. Both feel completely at home in this funk/rock stew and pay homage to the original rhythm section of Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie. Add to it the neat synth intro by Donald Fagen and his standout vocal, and you almost forget the original.

Yes, there’s gas in the car!

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: We examine the original studio version of “Kid Charlemagne” and ponder why Larry Carlton’s guitar solo is so iconic.]

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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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