20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Steely Dan

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steely Dan mainstays Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are credited as co-compilation producers with Universal Music executive Andy McKaie on the Steely Dan entry in Universal's discount-priced series 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection. It's a rule of thumb: get the artist involved in a compilation, and the choices are bound to be idiosyncratic. The rule holds here. Becker and Fagen eschew the boring hits-only approach, ignoring the Top Ten "Hey Nineteen" and the Top 40s "Black Friday," "Peg," and "FM (No Static at All)" in favor of album tracks "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" and "Third World Man," as well as the B-side "Only a Fool Would Say That" and "My...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steely Dan mainstays Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are credited as co-compilation producers with Universal Music executive Andy McKaie on the Steely Dan entry in Universal's discount-priced series 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection. It's a rule of thumb: get the artist involved in a compilation, and the choices are bound to be idiosyncratic. The rule holds here. Becker and Fagen eschew the boring hits-only approach, ignoring the Top Ten "Hey Nineteen" and the Top 40s "Black Friday," "Peg," and "FM (No Static at All)" in favor of album tracks "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" and "Third World Man," as well as the B-side "Only a Fool Would Say That" and "My Old School," which peaked at number 63 on the Hot 100. It doesn't really matter. More than three decades after the fact, "My Old School" sounds as much like a Steely Dan hit as any of the band's actual Top Ten singles, and it gets as much play on classic rock radio. Is this the best of Steely Dan? No, but some of the group's best songs are included, among them "Do It Again" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." A neophyte wanting to get an idea of what Steely Dan sounds like can do so by listening to these ten tracks. Real Steely Dan fans already have multiple copies of each of these songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2012
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602537002313
  • Catalog Number: 001678602
  • Sales rank: 7,273

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Rick Derringer Guitar
Donald Fagen Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Michael McDonald Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton Guitar, Soloist
Pete Christlieb Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Victor Feldman Percussion, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Vibes, Soloist
Plas Johnson Flute, Saxophone
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer, Piano
Bill Perkins Flute, Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample Electric Piano
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Tom Scott Flute, Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Flute, Saxophone
Lanny Morgan Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Bass, Vocals, Soloist
Jeff Baxter Soloist
Ben Benay Acoustic Guitar
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Wilton Felder Bass
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Chuck Findley Brass
Steve Gadd Drums
Patricia Hall Background Vocals
Jim Hodder Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jim Horn Flute, Saxophone
Royce Jones Background Vocals
Jackie Kelso Flute, Saxophone
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Soloist
Rick Marotta Drums
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Leslie Miller Background Vocals
Michael Omartian Piano, Keyboards
David Paich Piano, Keyboards
David Palmer Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums, Dorophone
Dean Parks Guitar
Lee Ritenour Guitar
James Rolleston Background Vocals
John Rotella Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson Background Vocals
David Tofani Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Snooky Young Flugelhorn
Denny Dias Guitar, Electric Sitar, Soloist
Slyde Hyde Brass
Jerry Garszva Overdubs
Lou McCreary Brass
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Elliot Randall Guitar, Soloist
Ronny Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols Overdubs
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Guitar
Clyde King Background Vocals
Bernard Purdie Drums
Michael Fenelly Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer, Lyricist, Personnel
Steely Dan rhythm arrangement
Larry Carlton Chart Preparation
Victor Feldman Personnel
Don Grolnick rhythm arrangement
Plas Johnson Personnel
Rob Mounsey Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jerome Richardson Personnel
Tom Scott Horn Arrangements, Horn Conductor
Chuck Rainey Personnel
Jim Gordon Personnel
Walter Becker Composer, Lyricist, Personnel
Ben Benay Personnel
Henry Diltz Back Cover Photo
Wilton Felder Personnel
Paul Griffin rhythm arrangement
Jimmie Haskell Orchestration, Saxophone Arrangement
Gary Katz Producer
Lew McCreary Personnel
Ollie Mitchell Personnel
Michael Omartian Chart Preparation, Personnel
David Paich Personnel
Jeff Porcaro Personnel
Dean Parks Chart Preparation, Personnel
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Timothy B. Schmit Personnel
Bill Schnee Engineer
Ernie Watts Personnel
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols Special Effects, Engineer
Joe Palmaccio Mastering
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