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. Kennybeeinfl

    Kennybeeinfl Member

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    Jimmy Haslip told me a story about the Aja master tape. Some studio assistant misplaced it and it was almost lost for eternity!
     
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  2. IGuitUpIGuitDown

    IGuitUpIGuitDown Member

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    I wouldn't want to try to remember exactly who played on what track, considering they went through studio musicians like water on that slab!
     
  3. Gurn

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    1. Katie Lied
    2. Royal Scam
    3. Pretzel Logic/Aja

    Melodically & lyrically, I think Katie Lied is the best album they ever made.
    East St. Louis Toodle Loo IMO, might be their most amazing recording.
     
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    Survey tracks to my preferences! But, I downloaded the 4CD boxed set on my I-Tunes so I have access to all the first era songs in a row.
     
  5. Thumpalumpacus

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    I saw them in 2003, on the Everything Must Go tour, SB County Bowl. I was thrilled -- and blown away -- when they did that one, maybe third or fourth song in the set? I remember turning to my bud and telling him I never thought I'd hear them doing that live. It's been a favorite since I first heard it in the late 80s.

    Holy crap, they made it groove, even tighter than on the record.

    Jon Harrington is a monster player. Good lord.
     
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    I remember reading an interview with Steve Lukather, talking about the early days of Toto, when the Porcaros were doing session work for the Dan. Luke used a phrase that really informs my approach to things, talking about the brothers coming home from sessions to do rehearsals and showing the guys what they'd worked on -- "bebop with a burn" sound.

    Denny was a huge part of that. He was certainly the most sophisticated of their early players, to my ears. So much of his stuff is both harmonically rich, and still toothy in tone.

    And his solo on "Do It Again" is one for the ages.
     
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  7. sickboy79

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    So many good ones but, I like The Royale Scam the best.
     
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  8. DustyRhodesJr

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    Just today I read the latest GW issues interview with John 5, he says Steely
    Dan is one of his very favorites.
     
  9. dhdfoster

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    I didn’t realize all the solos being credited here to Denny weren’t Skunk. My parents love SD, so I have a soft spot for them and I’m very familiar with most of the catalog. I can probably hum most of the solos, but playing them? Forget it! :)
     
  10. Tim Bowen

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    By that point I had joined the Record Club of America and was thusly empowered. I lived in a small town and word of mouth only went so far, so I was ordering new records based on album cover art that I dug. I chose Can't Buy a Thrill based on the cover art. The first time I ever heard Steely Dan was when the needle dropped on that first record, about two minutes after the postman delivered it. Other records that I chose for the cover art without having first heard the respective artist would include Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards and Yes Close to the Edge.
     
  11. sleshnyc

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    Aja, because that very first snare hit, on the opening of Black Cow, is the greatest snare hit evuh. It just sets the tone for the masterpiece to come.
     
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  12. Thumpalumpacus

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    Have you considered therapy? :p
     
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  13. Tim Bowen

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    Didn't work. :(
     
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    The sax on that is just stellar, worth learning. Tom Scott kills it.
     
  15. malachi1313

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    The greatest hits one...
     
  16. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Weird.
    I never got into that album because of the non-Fagen vocals.

    Huge fan of Dean's cover for CTTE.
    As you might guess.
    :aok
     
  17. thewalkingboss

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    Josie has a great chord progression, and even better when you hear the stunning tone of Jon Herrington when they play it live.
     
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  18. TwoHandsTenThumbs

    TwoHandsTenThumbs Silver Supporting Member

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    :hide My favorite is whichever album a rabid Dan fan will resist the urge to foist upon me when they find out I don’t care for Steely Dan. “But you just haven’t heard...you just don’t get...their genius is undeniable...I can’t believe...I thought you had good taste...etc.” Nope. Enjoy Steely Dan. Don’t try to make me try to enjoy them. Happens all the time.
     
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  19. wstsidela

    wstsidela I'm bonafied Gold Supporting Member

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    What day is today? Wednesday? Royal Scam. Tomorrow will be Aja.
     
  20. zzmoore

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    Aja..?????
    Is this an age thing.?
    That's like saying Some Girls was The Stones best effort. :dunno
     

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