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« Thread started on: Oct 24th, 2016, 11:55am »

I guess there will be some old thread buried in the 'Other Bands' section, forgive me if I don't care to seek.

So yes. By chance I got to listen to a song off 'The Royal Scam' recently and I realized how much my heart is attached to this music. Now, I have owned just one Steely Dan album on CD for a long time, 'Can't Buy A Thrill'. I had a couple other albums copied on cassettes from my dad's vinyls but now my tape deck keeps acting weird. So I decided there has to be done something, I finally have to get all the missing Steely Dan albums on CD. If you saw my latest posts in the Musical Musings thread you will have seen I made it to listen online to 'Countdown To Ecstasy', an album I always missed out, hearing it for the first time I instantly loved it.

Soooo, this very day I went to my trusted local CD store and ordered that album, and I went on looking if they'd have 'The Royal Scam' right there, I have been craving to get that album forever. They didn't, instead they had 'Aja' so I grabbed that one. When I laid it down on the table and said to the vendor "Hi, I wanna buy this" he instanly said "That's a wise decision!" cheesy

It is playing on my stereo right now and oh my gosh. I didn't realize how much of a wise decision this was. Dang! Understand: I've known that album since my childhood, it was the first Steely Dan album I've ever known besides Fagen's 'The Nightfly' so yes, I had known it before - but oh well. I haven't heard it for a long time in decent quality. My mind is blown. I didn't realize either how very much I am rooted in this kind of music. This is home. And yes I knew it's a brilliant strike of genius but still: knowing about it and experiencing again after long abstinence are two different things. Wow. Thank god or whoever else is out there for this music. smiley

I'll probably come back on this thread soon because my decision stands to purchase the whole discography, at least up to 'The Nightfly'. I have 'Kamakiriad' too, the other "new" albums I'm not yet sure about. The old ones first. wink
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 24th, 2016, 12:35pm »

Yeah, Steely Dan. i didn`t have a clue about this band until a couple of years ago. I knew the song "Do it again", but didn`t know, it was Steely Dan. I had Donald Fagen`s Nightfly album on cassette in the early nineties without knowing, he was one of the two. When I got closer to IQ in the 2000s, I realized, that Mike Holmes was an ardent Dan fan. He used to travel to the US, when they were touring (they don`t come over the big pond these days) and also went to Nearly Dan gigs in the London era, when they were playing. So I got curious. Mike Holmes himself recommended me to start with Aja and Gaucho, which were the two albums, I started with, and I was blown away. How easily this music went into my head and soul and how complex it was and how crafted were all the people involved. I got the complete Dan - catalogue one by one and never had the feeling, that one of these albums or even songs were vain or boring. It was all mere genius.

If you get the re-releases and read the liner notes by Fagen and Becker, you will laugh your socks off. These guys aren`t just simply musical geniuses, but a real cracker in terms of sense of humour.

I am wishing you a big time, exploring the work of Steely Dan entirely. I for one had it.
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 24th, 2016, 2:11pm »

How 'bout a little kiss for your cousin Dupree?
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 25th, 2016, 10:19am »

Steely Dan was my first concert in 1973. They were not the headliners. They opened for Bread. I was 15 years old. Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter were amazing on guitar, and the lead singer, other than Donald Fagen, was David Palmer. Bread were amazing as well. Both bands were hot in the early 70s. A life changing experience for me.




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« Reply #4 on: Oct 26th, 2016, 5:08pm »

Very talented musicians indeed! smiley
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 26th, 2016, 8:38pm »

For the longest time, I only had their debut album which I always thoroughly enjoyed but for some reason just never expanded on.
Spurred by the enthusiastic praise of others here I decided to check them out a little further.

I now have the first six albums.

Can't Buy A Thrill is still my favourite but The Royal Scam is a very close second.
I find all of them enjoyable to varying degrees.

Out of the six, Aja is easily my least favourite just a little too late-night, lights-dimmed, soft-jazz-sounding for my tastes which is likely why I stopped there.
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 27th, 2016, 4:58pm »

I saw Steely Dan a few years ago & the show was very cold & clinical, and while I know that their music is like that to some extent I was somewhat disappointed. A highlight was Walter Becker singing Haitian Divorce.

My Top 10:

1. Reelin' In The Years
2. Do It Again
3. Pretzel Logic
4. Kid Charlemagne
5. Black Friday
6. Dirty Work
7. Deacon Blues
8. Show Biz Kids
9. Bad Sneakers
10. Rikki Don't Lose That Number

I have a bootleg of Glenn Frey singing Show Biz Kids. He was a huge fan. I think his son Deacon is named after Deacon Blues.

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 28th, 2016, 4:27pm »

Lol, young people today not heard of Steely Dan...
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 29th, 2016, 09:41am »

on Oct 27th, 2016, 4:58pm, FeelItComing wrote:
I saw Steely Dan a few years ago & the show was very cold & clinical, and while I know that their music is like that to some extent I was somewhat disappointed.


I had much the same feeling when I saw them about six years ago. Unfortunately, I saw them again four years later, and the show was practically identical... I think it was the same setlist and virtually note-for-note. I'm a big fan of The Dan, and I've been listening to their music for over forty years, but I now feel that there is no need to ever again see them perform live.
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 29th, 2016, 10:09am »

on Oct 29th, 2016, 09:41am, Dust wrote:
I had much the same feeling when I saw them about six years ago. Unfortunately, I saw them again four years later, and the show was practically identical... I think it was the same setlist and virtually note-for-note. I'm a big fan of The Dan, and I've been listening to their music for over forty years, but I now feel that there is no need to ever again see them perform live.


It's a shame that their show has come to have this reaction. I'm glad I was able to see them on their first tour. They were full of life and beginning their amazing career. This was before Katy Lied in 1975, but they played songs from Pretzel Logic (1974) months before it would be released here in the states. They played songs like "Any Major Dude Will Tell Ya" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" for what was probably the first few times ever at that point. I guess when you've done thousands of gigs and played the same songs over and over for 40 years, it's most likely become stale for the band. Too bad they've not written anything as great as their first seven albums since 1980. Everything we love about the Dan was created in an 8-year period. They were pretty much the Beatles of the 70s.

Bit of SD trivia - Denny Dias (SD guitarist) could be consider the founding member of Steely Dan. He put an ad in the paper for a bass player and a keyboardist who could play jazz. Fagen and Becker showed up at Denny's house to audition. They formed a group that would eventually become Steely Dan. Unfortunately, Denny left the band in 1974.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 29th, 2016, 10:11am »

On The David Letterman show in the 90s, promoting their 'Alive In America' album.

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« Reply #11 on: Oct 29th, 2016, 1:27pm »

Hi everybody, I can't get online on a regular day basis like I used to, my computer broke undecided Just wanted to let you know I got Countdown To Ecstasy too now and I love it. More raw and in the face than anything else for Steely Dan at least smiley
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 29th, 2016, 9:14pm »

on Oct 29th, 2016, 09:41am, Dust wrote:
I had much the same feeling when I saw them about six years ago. Unfortunately, I saw them again four years later, and the show was practically identical... I think it was the same setlist and virtually note-for-note. I'm a big fan of The Dan, and I've been listening to their music for over forty years, but I now feel that there is no need to ever again see them perform live.


I saw them about twenty years ago as a double with Foreigner, they were brilliant. More than can be said for Foreigner, I wasn't alone in walking out halfway through the set...
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 30th, 2016, 12:59pm »

on Oct 29th, 2016, 9:14pm, Yild4Genesis wrote:
I saw them about twenty years ago as a double with Foreigner, they were brilliant. More than can be said for Foreigner, I wasn't alone in walking out halfway through the set...


That's usually how it is when there is only one original band member left. Mick Jones has been the only original member in Foreigner for years and years. Foundng members, and most influential to the band's sound, Ian McDonald (of King Crimson fame) and Lou Gramm left the band decades ago.

I saw Foreigner perform in 1978 at The California Jam II. They were phenomenal. The key is to get out and see these bands early on in their career. Otherwise you risk getting a watered down version of a truly great band.

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« Reply #14 on: Oct 30th, 2016, 5:14pm »

on Oct 29th, 2016, 9:14pm, Yild4Genesis wrote:
I saw them about twenty years ago as a double with Foreigner, they were brilliant. More than can be said for Foreigner, I wasn't alone in walking out halfway through the set...

I saw Foreigner somewhere in the early 80's. Officially the worst concert I've ever seen. I guess they didn't improve much since...
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