Archived from on February 5, 2012. I think Donald and Walt lean more towards that type of thinking, as they've always steered away from the media and creating personas for themselves for the media to run with in favor of putting everything they have into their music and letting that be the focus of what they're judged on. Two which did were by this new band then called Steely Dan. Retrieved March 9, 2019 — via robertchristgau. I'm more on the side of Becker personally.
I don't have anything to compare it to however. Why hate mail, you are entitled to your taste, and you point out something that has been a concern for the band. Possibly it is because this first varied assortment of smart pop from the songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker sounds the least like any Steely Dan album which would follow. To me, it sounds like the Vocals and Drums are dominant in the mix. Last but not least, the bass is very detailed with a low-mid sound, though it sounds a little held back to me. And a corrected overview of all the data: Mastering 1: 88. It often bothers me that the three dan songs everybody knows are in my mind some of the most basic.
They are plain embarrassing, if you listen to them. As mentioned, Steely Dan continue to perform live extensively. . The album peaked at number 17 on the , and was on August 22, 1973, by. Other percussion such as tambourine is bright and shiny sounding. He said he thinks albums covers should just be brown paper bag covers and that the music should be paper bag covers and perhaps that will steer people towards opening their minds more to the music rather than the persona or imagery perpetuated outside of the music. To me, it sounds like the Vocals and Drums are dominant in the mix.
But with that said, it's still a clinic in great songwriting. Probably my favorite on the album. Title Lead vocals Length 1. The other three songs are pretty good too in my opinion, Brooklyn, Heartbeat, Only a Fool Would Say That - not phenomenal, but definitely quality stuff. Maybe someone can help me identify this thing. Mastering 1 A 1998 remaster, according to Brian Sweet's biography done by Roger Nichols.
Music journalist said that it incorporates , , , and elements. On the other hand, I could listen to Midnight Cruiser in particular for hours, it's the perfect song for late night bus rides spent gazing out the window. Had the great fortune of seeing them perform at the New Orleans Jazz Fest a few years ago and Michael Macdonald joined them onstage for a few numbers. I dont know why but I just feel like this album never has the sound that it deserves no matter the mastering. They were prodigies as songwriters from early on, they had a good idea from all their jazz fandom of how well-thought-out solos can complement and enrich a pop track, and they were capable of brilliant lyrics of depth almost unknown in the rock era outside of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Laura Nyro, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. I also agree to a degree about the album covers of their last 2 albums being kind of sub par but it makes me think of a quote I heard from the singersongwriter Brian Mcknight, many years ago. Donald Fagen just wrapped a limited Steely Dan tour and has announced his intention to continue in tribute to Becker.
Technically Steely Dan are very good, just not my cup of tea. Becoming more selective with material, knowing what to write about, being able to pick and choose — showing more discretion than in earlier days. Those songs are actually better than Reelin' if you ask me, it's just the teensiest bit overrated. An overview of what we know so far. The barcode is 0 7673-11192-2 9.
Through many changes, and frequent diversions for their own projects, the torchbearers of the group were the longtime friends from New York state, Walter Becker, born on 20 February 1950, and Donald Fagen, born 10 January 1948. Just wanted to make a post to discuss this album, not to bash it, but to open a discussion about it. Title Lead vocals Length 6. Can't Buy a Thrill doesn't deserve the apathy it gets around this part of the internet. That debut 1972 release and others from the decade such as Katy Lied and The Royal Scam had the group pursuing a relatively mainstream sound. Yet I think that, no matter how much perfection there has been in their playing, and intellectual approach of the chordal and modal progressions, improvisation was always part of it, and by no means a small one, this tension makes their music unique.
The rest of them are fairly humiliating. I've read through most of this thread, and I don't see exactly what I have listed here. But Do It Again is a good f-cking record. It's their only album cover that really has an energetic quality to it - most, if not all their other album covers have some languid quality to it, often opting for dull-colored minimalism. The lead guitar is also very shiny yet detailed. I come fromm a jazz and blues background, and the freedom and looseness of good improvisation is missing. The lead guitar is also very shiny yet detailed.