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Bat
(Switzerland (ex-Austin))
Posted: Feb 11, 2018 23:57
 

 Mackmoney3000 wrote:
I was born more than a decade later, but I picture 1972 *sounding* exactly like this.

 
The beauty of Steely Dan was that no one else sounded like this.
sdwright
(underwater)
Posted: Feb 11, 2018 23:53
 

yes and yes 

S-curvy wrote:
Timelessly so good!

 


On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Dec 16, 2017 11:15
 

 Proclivities wrote:
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen themselves commented on the album art in their liner notes to the reissued The Royal Scam, saying that the album possessed "the most hideous album cover of the seventies, bar none (excepting perhaps Can't Buy a Thrill)."
 
I'd agree that those two are pretty bad.
"Countdown to Ecstasy" however, is one of my favourites.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 13:50
 

 idiot_wind wrote:
Which band had the better album covers: Steely Dan or Little Feat? 
 
 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen themselves commented on the album art in their liner notes to the reissued The Royal Scam, saying that the album possessed "the most hideous album cover of the seventies, bar none (excepting perhaps Can't Buy a Thrill)." 
S-curvy
(Lovely Alameda, the Isle of Style)
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 13:49
 

Timelessly so good!
SheRidesABeemer
(Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA)
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 12:35
 

It's this stuff that we point to when we lament that there are no decent lyricist anymore {#Yes}

On_The_Beach wrote:
The opening lines to the first song on their debut album:

In the morning, you go gunning
For the man who stole your water
And you fire till he is done in
But they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singing
As they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hanging
And they put you on the street

Pretty cool, IMHO.

 


Mackmoney3000
(New Jersey)
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 7:12
 

I was born more than a decade later, but I picture 1972 *sounding* exactly like this.
idiot_wind
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 6:06
 

Which band had the better album covers: Steely Dan or Little Feat? 
Lenora
(Baltimore)
Posted: Sep 22, 2017 18:05
 

RIP Walter Becker 
Rockit9
Posted: Sep 22, 2017 18:05
 

God bless Walter Becker...Rest in peace.
canoeing
(Canada)
Posted: Sep 16, 2017 17:20
 

Definitely godlike. Never gets old. 
agd3
Posted: Sep 16, 2017 17:19
 

I remember being in high school telling a buddy how much Steely Dan sucked...but how was I wrong...took me nearly 20 years to come around.  Up to a 10 today.  RIP Becker...hopefully DF isn't quick to follow.
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 9:55
 

 bluematrix wrote:

Awesome reply! I'd like to see someone even try to create the sheet music to a Skunk Baxter solo

 
My current goal is to get fluent with the tune Gaucho. Man, that's complex. Didn't know about the Keith Jarrett issue.
bluematrix
(confluence of mississippi and missouri rivers)
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 9:36
 

 Steely_D wrote:

Fair enough. Next step: get the sheet music and try to play it. 

 
Awesome reply! I'd like to see someone even try to create the sheet music to a Skunk Baxter solo
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 9:32
 

 scrubbrush wrote:
it is fascinating to me that people love this band so much. I can totally respect that. I certainly love bands that others do not, However, my two cents: Steely Dan (every song) always make me think of a cheesy lounge singer with a bad toupee singing to an indifferent trade-show crowd in an airport Best Western conference room who's still 'trying to break into the music business' at 46 years old.... Ok... i admit: that might have been 3 cents.

 
Fair enough. Next step: get the sheet music and try to play it. 
scrubbrush
(Dark Side of the Cube)
Posted: Jun 22, 2017 19:14
 

it is fascinating to me that people love this band so much. I can totally respect that. I certainly love bands that others do not, However, my two cents: Steely Dan (every song) always make me think of a cheesy lounge singer with a bad toupee singing to an indifferent trade-show crowd in an airport Best Western conference room who's still 'trying to break into the music business' at 46 years old.... Ok... i admit: that might have been 3 cents.
RazzCat
(Montréal, Canada)
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 18:14
 

This always triggers a particular memory of that time: an out-of-town meeting in Toronto, a couple bottles of Mouton-Cadet shared with a cute co-worker, a walk in a quiet fat-flaked snowfall, making love in a soft snowbank cocooned in her large fur coat.

Just gets better with age, both the song and the memory... {#Smile}
DocStrangelove
(Ottawa)
Posted: May 23, 2017 8:49
 

10 10 10{#Clap}
ChrisVIII
(Germany)
Posted: May 17, 2017 7:17
 

that can never be overplayed ! It will never grow old !! It's a magic song, immediate cheer up effect :) Impossible to be sad, tired, depressed or sit still when it plays, I absolutely LOVE it ! 
birdman42
(Maryland)
Posted: Apr 16, 2017 18:36
 

I listened to top-40 radio all through high school. Got to college, and the guy in the next room was playing this album. The scales fell from my eyes. And now, <mumblemumble> years later, I'm listening to RP—and this song is just as clarifying as it was back then. Big 10, plus a bonus point for being the music that broke me out of the mainstream.
bluematrix
(confluence of mississippi and missouri rivers)
Posted: Mar 23, 2017 7:44
 

Love the comments below. And a rare 10 for me.
ScottishWillie
(The Scottish Lowlands)
Posted: Mar 23, 2017 7:42
 

Mega brilliant song, crap album art!


kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Mar 22, 2017 16:20
 

imho, THIS was the best of Steely Dan. Reeling in the Years and this here track are perfect. Pretzel Logic goes high. Aja never floated me. 
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 18:13
 

The opening lines to the first song on their debut album:

In the morning, you go gunning
For the man who stole your water
And you fire till he is done in
But they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singing
As they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hanging
And they put you on the street

Pretty cool, IMHO.
cinco5
(chicago)
Posted: Feb 20, 2017 15:51
 

still a 10. amazing vibe.
h8rhater
Posted: Feb 14, 2017 13:48
 

 drgrba wrote:
My semi-annual ritual: listening to Steely Dan all from Can't Buy a Thrill down to Gaucho(*). Ultimate mental repair in 4.5 hours. {#Notworthy}
(*) No, I don't include 2000's albums in that loop. Actually, I make that ritual for 25 years now.

 
You could easily include Donald Fagen's solo work AND those 2000's Steely albums without being the least bit let down.  They are all good and fall right in line with those that preceded them.  It'll get you at least 4.5 more hours of mental repair.
semolinapilchard
(England)
Posted: Dec 22, 2016 11:31
 

Absolutely Superb, lovely freaky band!
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Nov 20, 2016 14:11
 

I am winding down from a 3-hour hike and need to get busy with other projects.

Yes, this set is excellent.  Fabulous.   
bc
(It's everything. Location, Location, Location.)
Posted: Nov 14, 2016 12:47
 

I know I'm quoting Greg Khin here, but....   They don't write 'em like that anymore.  :/
agd3
Posted: Oct 20, 2016 13:55
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
Wow. Three 10's in a row! It's like a club sandwich with crisp bacon, cold lettuce, and way too much mayo.

Traveling Wilburys - "Tweeter and the Monkey Man"
Stone Roses - "Waterfall"
Steely Dan - "Do It Again"

 
Yep...Super mix!
agd3
Posted: Oct 20, 2016 13:54
 

I like Steely Dan more and more as I get older and wiser.  Sweet mix into this one from the Stone Roses.
jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Aug 12, 2016 14:15
 

Freshman in High School and mostly listening to Zep and Sabbath.  Senior friend had this really cool Cougar that he had all fixed up hot rod style.   He would ride me around every now an again.  He had this on 8 track and I had never heard anything like it.  I hear any of the tunes off this album and I am transported back to high school, cruising in the Cougar. {#Sunny}


karen
(neither here nor there)
Posted: Aug 12, 2016 14:05
 

 hanssachs wrote:
"Tradition and experimentation reign side by side when Denny Dias accepts the burden of resurrecting the electric sitar on "Do It Again" and makes it sound easy. On the same cut an inexpensive, imported plastic organ (an instrument which long ago fell into disuse in most rock circles) is competently fingered by Donald Fagen ...

Thus treads heavily the titanic of Steely Dan, casting a long shadow upon the contemporary rock wasteland aspiring to spill its seeds on barren ground, and at the same time, struggling to make sense out of the flotsam and jetsam of its electric musical heritage."  

Ayep!

 
Well put, my friend
robertomiller
(Wonderland)
Posted: Aug 12, 2016 14:05
 

Fortunate to have absorbed this into my DNA at age 12… 

Still resonates 
hanssachs
(Hawaii)
Posted: Jul 11, 2016 23:43
 

"Tradition and experimentation reign side by side when Denny Dias accepts the burden of resurrecting the electric sitar on "Do It Again" and makes it sound easy. On the same cut an inexpensive, imported plastic organ (an instrument which long ago fell into disuse in most rock circles) is competently fingered by Donald Fagen ...

Thus treads heavily the titanic of Steely Dan, casting a long shadow upon the contemporary rock wasteland aspiring to spill its seeds on barren ground, and at the same time, struggling to make sense out of the flotsam and jetsam of its electric musical heritage."  

Ayep!
Wilfrue
(The space between your reality and my dreams)
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 6:55
 

Shied away from Steely Dan for years. Didn't "get it." Times and understandings change and evolve. Great artists and songwriters. 
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: May 15, 2016 6:07
 

'72 and still... wow

godlike crew 
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Dec 08, 2015 20:36
 

 drgrba wrote:
My semi-annual ritual: listening to Steely Dan all from Can't Buy a Thrill down to Gaucho(*). Ultimate mental repair in 4.5 hours. {#Notworthy}
(*) No, I don't include 2000's albums in that loop. Actually, I make that ritual for 25 years now.

 
I do this once every summer while reading whatever really good mystery or spy novel I can get my hands on, starting with Can't Buy A Thrill through Gaucho. But I do it on my iPod (PCM files—you don't do The Dan with MP3s) with Grado SR-60 cans.
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Dec 08, 2015 20:31
 

Wow. Three 10's in a row! It's like a club sandwich with crisp bacon, cold lettuce, and way too much mayo.

Traveling Wilburys - "Tweeter and the Monkey Man"
Stone Roses - "Waterfall"
Steely Dan - "Do It Again"
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Oct 07, 2015 7:26
 

 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

Ha ha! Obviously, funny and wrong in equal measure. 

But I do have an issue with those 'baby/dog/princess/twat' on board signs displayed on cars. Do I give a stuff what you have on board? No.

Am I going to change my (careful) driving style because of a sign on your car? Nope.

Have you bought some unnecessary commercial rubbish because you can't think for yourself? Yep. 

/rant 

 
I guess if there were a sign that said something like "Highly Explosive, Infectious, and Radioactive Cargo On Board This Vehicle Which Has A Compromised Steering System, Worn Tires, and No Brake Fluid" it would change the driving behavior of most drivers - maybe not...
colt4x5
(95.8 miles from Purgatory. (I measured it.))
Posted: Aug 30, 2015 20:00
 

 drgrba wrote:
My semi-annual ritual: listening to Steely Dan all from Can't Buy a Thrill down to Gaucho(*). Ultimate mental repair in 4.5 hours. {#Notworthy}
(*) No, I don't include 2000's albums in that loop. Actually, I make that ritual for 25 years now.

 
Nice idea.
I do an abridged version about as often, with Royal Scam and Aja.
Works for me. 

 But this song, to me, is first year in high school, working in the school darkroom, learning the basics of B&W printing. 
GeneP59
(On the edge of tomorrow looking back at yesterday.)
Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:47
 

 railroadwail wrote:

Can't Buy A Thrill, but you can rent one.



 
$50 me luv u long time
{#Roflol} 
railroadwail
(Deep in Penn's Woods)
Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:44
 

Can't Buy A Thrill, but you can rent one.


DaidyBoy
(Bristol, UK)
Posted: Jun 29, 2015 7:54
 

Can't bear any of their other stuff, but I think that this is an astonishing piece of work of which I never tire.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Mar 26, 2015 10:13
 

 drgrba wrote:
My semi-annual ritual: listening to Steely Dan all from Can't Buy a Thrill down to Gaucho(*). Ultimate mental repair in 4.5 hours. {#Notworthy}
(*) No, I don't include 2000's albums in that loop. Actually, I make that ritual for 25 years now.
 
I like it!
(And I agree with the post-Gaucho omission.)
glassbrain
(Fraser Valley - British Columbia)
Posted: Feb 22, 2015 17:39
 

Steely Dan still leaves me in awe after 30-40 years. Most songs from the 70s have worn out their welcome, but this is so clean, crisp, clear and darn musical. Wow.
drgrba
(Kikinda, Serbia)
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:54
 

My semi-annual ritual: listening to Steely Dan all from Can't Buy a Thrill down to Gaucho(*). Ultimate mental repair in 4.5 hours. {#Notworthy}
(*) No, I don't include 2000's albums in that loop. Actually, I make that ritual for 25 years now.
meatmike
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 8:54
 

All Steely Dan is amazing.  Not sure why I never actually bought an album...  I do have "Don't Take Me Alive" in my iTunes library.
kcar
Posted: Nov 20, 2014 18:13
 

 olivertwist wrote:
Wow, amazing how much better this production sounds than 99 percent of music made today.

 
{#Yes}

Cannot believe I used to seriously dislike this band, although I've always liked this one and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number."
Susan_Amati
Posted: Oct 20, 2014 11:56
 

Yes, excellent taste