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Audio CD, CD, Import, 17 November 1998
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 11.91 x 14 x 0.99 cm; 98.09 Grams
- Manufacturer : GEFFEN
- Item Model Number : MCAD11886
- Original Release Date : 1998
- Run time : 41 minutes
- Label : GEFFEN
- ASIN : B00000DI0I
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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For a band who considered themselves "anti-rock 'n' roll," Steely Dan had a big impact on the rock world from the get-go. This platinum 1972 debut soared to #17 and produced two of their signature hits, Do It Again and Reeling in the Years . This reissue features new liner notes and digital remastering by two highly qualified individuals-Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.
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"Can't Buy A Thrill" was SD's first album and introduced the world to their complex confetti of soft-rock, pop, jazz and latin rhythms and wacky lyrics. Owning "The Very Best of ..." album I am already familiar with half of the tracks here, including the hits "Do It Again" and "Reelin' In The Years" but it's interesting to hear them in their original 40 minute setting.
And what strikes me immediately is how very good the album version of "Do It Again" is, being used to the shorter single release this longer version has an extended intro and a wonderful [Doors-like] organ solo that sets it apart from its radio friendly clone. "Dirty Work" appears on "The Very Best Of ..." and is a classy song with a lovely bit of sax and like the other tracks here is incredibly crisp and clean [is this this the original production or some later remixing trickery?]. But "Kings" is new to me with its catchy rocking rhythm and once again there is a wonderful complex multi-layered middle 8, this is fun. "Midnite Cruiser" is also a good song with a singalong refrain but "Only A Fool Would Say That" is a bit too bland for me despite the falsetto singing and the lead guitar lines and I am beginning to think that I had been right about Steely Dan all along.
But then the opening notes of "Reelin' In The Years" remind me of what made Steely Dan interesting; with its complex layers of piano, guitar and vocal harmonies, and it's mix of clarity and guitar fuzz this is a classic that has stood the test of time and repeat hearings. Things change, slow down and get a bit simpler with "Fire In The Hole", another new one on me but despite being the least Steely Dan-sounding of the tracks here [more Billy Joel] I rather like it with its film noir piano solo. "Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)" is another that's too bland for me I am afraid and I am not a huge fan of the pedal steel guitar which doesn't work well in this company, although I have to admit to being taken with the lounge lizard solo. "Change Of The Guard" lifts the mood with its singalong na-nana-na's and what a lovely guitar solo. Closer "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again" is the epitome of smooth but I don't understand the lyrics and at the end I am still in two minds on my position on Steely Dan's complex soft rock, it's interesting, catchy and nice in small doses but I'm yet to be convinced.
So will I still buy "Aja"? Yeah probably, but just to see what all the fuss is about.
With a cough I shake it off
And work around my yellow stripe
Should I hide or eat my pride
Or wait until it's good and ripe
I think its a wonderful album
Indecently. There is a Rather good album Of Steely Dan Songs, “Fire In The Hole” Two ladies have made by “Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist.” They are not big Steely Dan fans. But Wanted to bring to the world the wonderful Song writing skills Of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker to light in their arrangements which are simple And beautiful sung. My favourite is “Pearl Of the Quarter” Check it out Buy it of Amazon . You wont be disappointed.
The only problem with me is which is best, well that depends on one's mood like all classic albums I could NEVER say my top album is say Dark Side of the Moon (again released '73) because I know it so well but on a day when you've not heard it for say a year or two it becomes a favourite. But with these two I could listen several times and not be bored until I come back to them say 6 months later. I have sooooo many favourites, Crimson, Focus, Cream, Santana, Mountain, Yes, Gentle Giant, Skynyrd, Genesis, Byrds, etc etc ... and lately Steven Wilson.