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Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Enough gushing about guitars, saxes and drums. Here are Steely Dan’s five best miscellaneous performances, as selected by our panel.

Best Walter Becker Songs: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Walter Becker Songs: Steely Dan Sunday

Walter Becker aficiando Preston Frazier chooses his five favorite songs by the Steely Dan co-leader.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Medical Science” (1994)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Medical Science” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Lies I Can Believe”) ||| ONWARD (“Babylon Sisters (Live)”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have complementing talents — that’s a major reason of what made their partnership such a success — but there’s some overlap too, and one of the things they are both big on is making their songs groove.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Lies I Can Believe” (1994)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Lies I Can Believe” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Fall Of ’92”) ||| ONWARD (“Medical Science”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** With vicious and vulgar prose, it’s easy to figure out why “Fall of ’92” failed to get included on 11 Tracks of Whack. I’m not really sure what barred “Lies I Can Believe” from making it onto the disc.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Fall of ’92” (1994)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Fall of ’92” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Little Kawai”) ||| ONWARD (“Lies I Can Believe”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There were a few tracks that didn’t make it into the Whack Eleven, and “Fall of ’92,” credited to both Becker and Donald Fagen, was one of them. Musically, it can hang with most any of the approved ones found on 11 TracksRead More

Steely Dan Sunday, “Hat Too Flat” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“This Moody Bastard”) ||| ONWARD (“Little Kawai”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** This detailed re-evaluation of Becker’s first solo record from the mid-90s gave me a better appreciation of the album, but there are some quirks I still can’t overcome and the whole of “Hat Too Flat” is one of them.

Steely Dan Sunday, “This Moody Bastard” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“My Waterloo”) ||| ONWARD (“Hat Too Flat”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Back during the time that 11 Tracks Of Whack was new, I’d pop that CD out of the player after “Girlfriend” most of the time; I thought that most of this album’s filler were loaded up on the back end. Even when I’d occasionallyRead More

Steely Dan Sunday, “Girlfriend” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Cringemaker”) ||| ONWARD (“My Waterloo”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There are some things I don’t like about “Girlfriend” and other things I just love.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cringemaker” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Hard Up Case”) ||| ONWARD (“Girlfriend”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The real charm of 11 Tracks of Whack is not how much it sounds like classic Steely Dan, but how much it distances itself from it.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Hard Up Case” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“Lucky Henry”) ||| ONWARD (“Cringemaker”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Throw together a funky, faux-reggae pulse, some dancehall horns, a delectably angular Becker guitar solo and his light-hearted humor about a relationship based on desperation, and you have a “Hard Up Case.”

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