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Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ set the bar for finesse in pop and rock music, and that bar hadn’t been cleared yet.

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 Steely Dan bass performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan bass performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Here are Steely Dan’s five best bass performances, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

Best Steely Dan Ballads: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan Ballads: Steely Dan Sunday

S. Victor Aaron picks five standout Steely Dan ballads.

A new Steely Dan album? Here’s one that would be dandy: Steely Dan Sunday

A new Steely Dan album? Here’s one that would be dandy: Steely Dan Sunday

We humbly offer up suggested songs for a new Steely Dan album, culled from outtakes, live-only songs and one famous erasure.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Stand by the Seawall” (1977, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Stand by the Seawall” (1977, unreleased)

A crystalline peak behind the scenes of Steely Dan’s studio gigs.

Steely Dan Sunday: A compilation of all the main entries

Steely Dan Sunday: A compilation of all the main entries

Hard to believe that more than fifteen months ago I embarked on a long-term project reviewing Steely Dan, track-by-track, in the same order within the albums, and chronological order amongst the albums.

Steely Dan Sunday: “(You Got) The Bear” (ca. 1977, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday: “(You Got) The Bear” (ca. 1977, unreleased)

There’s really no telling how many great Steely Dan recordings fell to the cutting room floor, as Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were notoriously picky.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Josie”(1977)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Josie”(1977)

Like “Deacon Blues,” another of Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ hits, “Josie” has a specially written intro revisited later in the song that’s absolutely killer.

Steely Dan Sunday, "I Got The News" (1977)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Shifty, start-stop rhythms, suddenly erupting musical asides and two guitar soloists (Becker and Larry Carlton), “I Got The News” has an irresistable, non-stop energy.

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