Steely Dan Sunday, “Blues Beach” (2003)

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*** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX ***

It would be easy to dismiss the song “Blues Beach” as “Hey Nineteen” lite. While lyrically they have nothing in common, musically — at least on the surface — they both have a simple and almost conventional rock ‘n’ roll rhythm.

Both songs feature a straightforward and effective rhythm guitar part by the late Hugh McCracken and a guitar solo by Walter Becker. Also, both songs feature a strong background vocal track, the former being contributed by Steely Dan ingénue, Carolyn Leonhart.

In many ways, “Blues Beach” continues the lyrically direct approach started on the song “Things I Miss The Most.” Unfortunately, musically, the song is a little too happy-go-lucky. The song could also use a bigger hook. Walter Becker contributes the most restrained Steely Dan guitar solo ever (moving Mark Knopfler’s solo on “Time Out Of Mind” to #2 on that list).

“Blues Beach” isn’t a bad song, but it doesn’t seem to fit, especially after the fantastic, “Things I Miss The Most,” and before the gem we explore next Sunday, “Godwhacker.”

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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.
Preston Frazier
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