Favorite/Best Steely Dan Album?

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Favorite/Best Steely Dan Album?

  1. Cant Buy A Thrill

    12 vote(s)
    6.3%
  2. Countdown To Ecstasy

    15 vote(s)
    7.9%
  3. Pretzel Logic

    15 vote(s)
    7.9%
  4. Katy Lied

    18 vote(s)
    9.5%
  5. The Royal Scam

    45 vote(s)
    23.8%
  6. Aja

    70 vote(s)
    37.0%
  7. Gaucho

    13 vote(s)
    6.9%
  8. Two Against Nature

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Everything Must Go

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  1. DustyRhodesJr

    DustyRhodesJr Supporting Member

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    Which one is your favorite (studio album)?

    Why is it the best?

    They had a heck of a lot of great albums.
     
  2. Spooky Action

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    Aja.
    I get mesmerized when I listen to it. And the guitar in Josie knocks me out.
     
  3. Tim Bowen

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    1.) Can't Buy a Thrill
    2.) Aja
     
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  4. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Gold Supporting Member

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    I like much of their later work, but in my opinion, Can't Buy a Thrill was the perfect balance between their pop sensibilities and more cerebral aspirations.
     
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    I voted Can't Buy A Thrill but I mostly just listened to A Decade of Steely Dan for years which is awesome obviously but I am still trying to learn all of the deeper cuts on these records. I would say Reelin In The Years is probably my favorite song followed closely by Kid Charlemagne.
     
  7. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    I'd rather tackle the easier guitar parts on Aja before even attempting to play Dias' brilliant solos nfn on Countdown To Ecstacy...

    CTE is certainly one of their best, especially for guitarists.
    Aja would be my second choice, just for the title track alone.
     
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    I love all their work, but I picked The Royal Scam as it features my favorite guitar work.

    Kid Charlemagne and Don't Take Me Alive with Larry Carlton on guitar.

    I think their last album is quite underrated (doesn't get talked about much) in terms of excellent songwriting.
     
  9. GAT

    GAT Gold Supporting Member

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    Royal Scam then Aja
     
  10. Kurt L

    Kurt L Member

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    The Royal Scam for me, though I enjoy their whole catalog.
     
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    I don’t think I remember what songs are on what albums anymore...I haven’t listened to a full album all the way through in over 30 years. I still love them all though but think more about the times when they came out than the album name.

    I play SD tribute shows a few times a year and know almost every song like it’s part of my DNA, but I couldn’t tell you what album Reeling in the Years is on but remember the time it first hit the radio waves.

    Of course Aja is on Aja, and Gaucho is on Gaucho, etc...but that’s as detailed as I can get and I am a heavy or their music.
     
  12. Bhobb

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    My favourite is Countdown. Even Cathy Berberian knows that's a great album.
     
  13. Vic Interceptor

    Vic Interceptor Member

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    really interesting you'd post this. I've never been a SD fan, mostly because I never got into them. So a few weeks ago I forced myself to track their entire catalog. Still not a fan, but at least I can converse a bit more about them now... with that said, I'd have to go with a Greatest Hits album of some sort.
     
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    I had Pretzel Logic, never listened to it.
    Katy Lied, brilliant. Dias is phenomenal.
    Aja, Aja for the win for me. The composition and production put it over the top for me.

    I did not dig their later output. It seemed soft to me. Did they add Michael McDonald? I think he ruined the Doobie Bros.
     
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  15. No_Stairway

    No_Stairway Supporting Member

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    Agreed, Aja is a close 2nd but Can't Buy a Thrill got me hooked at a YOUNG age
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Member

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    For me, it's the run of Katy Lied, Royal Scam, and Aja. Of those three, I chose KL -- a great mix of jazzy tonalities and gritty sounds.
     
  17. DustyRhodesJr

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    Remember the movie soundtrack "FM"?

    I had that and really liked the song FM, it was one of their best songs, and people seem to forget it.
     
  18. Kennybeeinfl

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    Love them all but l gotta go with Aja. It's as close to perfect as you can be. Not a bad note, sound or second on it.
     
  19. Grun

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    Can't believe 'Countdown' didn't get more votes. Ripping guitar and great songwriting. Cohesive, just a great album throughout. Bodihsattva anyone?
     
  20. DustyRhodesJr

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    Great album for sure.
     

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