Countdown to Ecstasy

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Can't Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group's full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy. The loud guitars and pronounced backbeat of "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids," and "My Old School" camouflage the fact that Countdown is a riskier album, musically speaking, than its predecessor. Each of its eight songs have sophisticated, jazz-inflected interludes, and apart from the bluesy vamps "Bodhisattva" and "Show Biz Kids," which sound like they were written for the stage, the songs are subtly textured. "Razor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Can't Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group's full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy. The loud guitars and pronounced backbeat of "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids," and "My Old School" camouflage the fact that Countdown is a riskier album, musically speaking, than its predecessor. Each of its eight songs have sophisticated, jazz-inflected interludes, and apart from the bluesy vamps "Bodhisattva" and "Show Biz Kids," which sound like they were written for the stage, the songs are subtly textured. "Razor Boy," with its murmuring vibes, and the hard bop tribute "Your Gold Teeth" reveal Becker and Fagen's jazz roots, while the country-flavored "Pearl of the Quarter" and the ominous, skittering "King of the World" are both overlooked gems. Countdown to Ecstasy is the only time Steely Dan played it relatively straight, and its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album rock or art rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1998
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811188726
  • Catalog Number: 11887
  • Sales rank: 551

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bodhisattva (5:18)
  2. 2 Razor Boy (3:11)
  3. 3 The Boston Rag (5:39)
  4. 4 Your Gold Teeth (6:59)
  5. 5 Show Biz Kids (5:26)
  6. 6 My Old School (5:46)
  7. 7 Pearl Of The Quarter (3:51)
  8. 8 King Of The World (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rick Derringer Guitar, Slide Guitar
Donald Fagen Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion, Keyboards, Marimbas, Vibes
Bill Perkins Saxophone
Lanny Morgan Saxophone
Michael Fennelly Vocals, Background Vocals
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Ben Benay Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ray Brown Bass, String Bass, 12-string Bass Guitar
Denny Dias Guitar, Guitar
Patricia Hall Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Hodder Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Royce Jones Vocals, Background Vocals
Myrna Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Sherlie Mathews Background Vocals
David Palmer Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
James Rolleston Vocals, Background Vocals
John Rotella Saxophone
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Sherlie Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rick Derringer Engineer
Donald Fagen Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Walter Becker Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger, Saxophone Arrangement
Gary Katz Producer, Audio Production
Roger Nichols Engineer, Remastering
Denny Dias Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steely Dan, Count Down to Ectasy

    This CD is great, just like their other CDs. I have only heard one Cd of Steely Dan's that I did not like. Unlike most CDs, every song on a Steely Dan CD is good and could have been a hit. Their jazzy rock is imcomparable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Great Album

    This is one of those albums that you pull out every few years and listen to from start to finish about a 100 times. It's that good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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