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. beanbass

    beanbass Member

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    Katy Lied, Pretzel Logic, Countdown To Ecstasy for me. I really prefer them when they were a sophisticated rock band.
     
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  2. beanbass

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    Denny Dias solo in Bodihsattva is absolutely mind-blowing. He just keeps going!
     
  3. DustyRhodesJr

    DustyRhodesJr Supporting Member

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    He had a very unusual style.

    I saw an instructional thing on him once, and he said he never bends a
    note when he plays.

    Makes for some great sounding and fluid solos.
     
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  4. JPF

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    Citizen Steely Dan album is my favorite album of theirs by a country mile. That's still fair, innit?
     
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    It was a very hard decision between Gaucho and Aja, but I went with Gaucho. "Time Out Of Mind" is my favorite Dan song, with "Babylon Sisters" close to the top, as well. Toss in "Hey Nineteen", and I had to go with it.
     
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  6. DustyRhodesJr

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    Hey Nineteen is one of their best songs.
     
  7. Bluesful

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    It is hard to go past Aja, but Pretzel Logic is awesome.
     
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    Aja and Royal Scam for me.

    Used to love covering Don't Take Me Alive and Green Earrings back in the 70s.
     
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  9. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Maybe there are fewer who know the “Bodhisattva” Dias solo than I thought...

    Have owned several other recorded cover versions of that song with other guitarists - and none of them get anywhere near what Denny played. Just a spectacular example of phrasing and one of my all-time favorite guitar solos.

    He’s all over the place.
    Try playing what he did nfn. You might dig it.
     
  10. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Certainly one of the slickest albums ever recorded.
     
  11. Claytone

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    As a deep fan of everything they've done, I too would select the "Citizen" CD set, and always surf among the four discs, hitting early "Brooklyn" and "Only A Fool" and then shifting gears into the later L.A. influenced stuff. All of it a masters degree in harmony, acid wit, and groove.
     
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    "The shine of your Japan, the sparkle of your china"
     
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    I don't want to pick a favorite, but The Royal Scam has been in our car's CD player continuously for almost 3 years now. That is including four 1750km drives during vacations with the album playing all the time, over and over again. And the funniest thing is, every time when Caves Of Altamira has finished i want to hit the repeat button, but i can only do so if the girlfriend isn't in the car. Sometimes i ask my girlfriend if she doesn't get fed up with it, but then she answers that The Steely Dan never gets boring. I hope she's referring to the band.
     
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    Probably Royal Scam. As much as I love the four that came after,RS still have a bit of a rock feel and I think it becomes the music.

    Katy Lied is imho the most overlooked of their albums. Wall to wall good songs, and remarkable playing.

    For some reason I've never warmed much to Pretzel Logic. imho there's a bit of filler on that one
     
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    It's difficult to pick one and while I agree with Can Buy A Thrill and Aja I also wanted to put in a mention for Gaucho.
     
  16. beanbass

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    Yes, he's basically a jazz player with a rock tone. Incredible.
     
  17. burningyen

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    Gaucho is it for me.
    The gem-like quality of the production.
    Their funniest, creepiest and most poignant lyrics.
    The Purdie shuffle on Babylon Sisters.
    Becker's licks and McCracken's comping on Hey Nineteen.
    Carlton's solo (sometimes my favorite of all time) on Third World Man.
     
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  18. Average Joe

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    The lyrics on gaucho are some of their strongest, and the record is overlooked.
     
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  19. beanbass

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    Hate it. It's just so glossy and slick, saccharine-sweet. It just seems so sackless compared to, say, Don't Take Me Alive.
     
  20. jiml

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    I voted Aja, but Royal Scam is the best guitar solo disc they did, and "Sign in Stranger" is my favorite song from them..
     
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