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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 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.

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, "King Of The World" (1973)

. < >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It’s something we’ve visited before, but many Steely Dan songs touch on topics from Becker and Fagen’s youth in the 1960s (see “Boston Rag”, “My Old School”).

Steely Dan Sunday: "Pearl Of The Quarter" (1973)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** A country love song delivered without any detectable irony is what follows “My Old School” on Countdown To Ecstasy. The charm of Countdown is it being full of styles and devices Becker and Fagen never visited again

Steely Dan Sunday, “My Old School” (1973)

Steely Dan Sunday, “My Old School” (1973)

Steely Dan’s “My Old School” features a boss, brassy Stax sound plopped right into a piano-driven hard shuffle – making this a fun, foot-stomping number.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Show Biz Kids” (1973)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Show Biz Kids” (1973)

Rick Derringer’s gloriously greasy slide guitar assured that “Show Biz Kids” would stand as one of Steely Dan’s better deep cuts.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Your Gold Teeth" (1973)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Cathy Berberian was this phenomenal opera/modern classical/anything vocally challenging singer. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1925, Berberian was into music at an early age

Steely Dan Sunday, “The Boston Rag” (1973)

Steely Dan Sunday, “The Boston Rag” (1973)

There aren’t a whole lot of lyrics to this Steely Dan song, but I’ve never been quite able to decipher them. No one else seems to be too sure what they mean, either.

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