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Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam: Seeing the glory 40 years later

Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam: Seeing the glory 40 years later

Four decades hence, it’s easy to hear the glory of Steely Dan’s diverse and calculating ‘The Royal Scam.’

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.

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, "The Royal Scam" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** As much as I enjoy Steely Dan songs and can listen to most of them over and over (which is a good thing, since I’m writing about them every week), only one of their songs is what I’d call an “earworm”

Steely Dan Sunday, "Everything You Did" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** In rock music, there’s been occasions where one act provokes another in a rock song, resulting in a retaliatory song by the provoked.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Haitian Divorce" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** You could call “Haitian Divorce” a love song, but as Steely Dan love songs go, it’s not about the bliss so much as it’s about the ugly side of romance.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Green Earrings" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Green Earrings” has such a great, clavinet-laden groove to it, thanks to the Chuck Rainey/Pretty Purdie rhythm machine that keys up nearly every track on The Royal Scam, it doesn’t need any close inspection to appreciate.

Steely Dan Sunday, "The Fez" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The one song where Walter Becker and Donald Fagen shared songwriting credits with somebody else, that being keyboardist Paul Griffin. It’s a pure groove song and not much else

Steely Dan Sunday: "Sign In Stranger" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Both Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have an affinity for reggae music, one that’s most notably borne out on Becker’s Jamaican-styled Circus Money CD from 2008.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Don't Take Me Alive" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Don’t Take Me Alive” is one of last of Steely Dan’s songs that’s truly “rock,” and the narrator’s portrayal as a deranged killer daring the cops to take him out also makes it one of Becker and Fagen’s least ambiguous songs.

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