A crystalline peak behind the scenes of Steely Dan’s studio gigs.
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Catchy, but ultimately a bit less compelling than other ‘Gaucho’ outtakes.
Another unfinished diamond in the rough that evokes a feeling of what could have been.
A crown-jewel Steely Dan outtake from around the ‘Gaucho’ recording sessions.
S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Non-Jazz): Jack White, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers, Lucinda Williams
Here are the seven best albums outside of realm of jazz so far in 2014. So says me.
With Lennon and Harrison’s untimely passings, this is as close as we’ll ever get again.
“Kulee Baba,” when Steely Dan goes global. Ahhh, the CD. Those plastic discs of music we used before iTunes. With a noise reduction system Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were crying for when (mis)mastering Katy Lied. Seventy minutes worth and no static at all. CDs arrived commercially in the Fall of ’82, and quickly became the medium of audio-blaring choice.Read More
At this point, they weren’t quite brilliant yet. But Steely Dan was on its way there.
While “Planet D ‘Rhonda” may not be as great as “Miss Marlene” and “Good Stuff,” it does end ‘Sunken Condos’ on a strong and convincing musical note.
This time Fagen brings lyrics which are a equal to his stellar arrangements.