Gaucho

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811205522
  • Catalog Number: 112055
  • Sales rank: 5,669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Babylon Sisters (5:50)
  2. 2 Hey Nineteen (5:07)
  3. 3 Glamour Profession (7:29)
  4. 4 Gaucho (5:32)
  5. 5 Time out of Mind (4:13)
  6. 6 My Rival (4:31)
  7. 7 Third World Man (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Patti Austin Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Derringer Guitar
Donald Fagen Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Lyre, Electric Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Michael McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Hiram Bullock Guitar
Larry Carlton Guitar, Soloist
Ronnie Cuber Saxophone, Baritone
Victor Feldman Percussion, Keyboards
Don Grolnick Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer, Piano
Joe Sample Electric Piano
David Sanborn Alto, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Alto (Vocal)
Tom Scott Alto, Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Clarinet, Lyricon, Clarinet (Tenor)
Chuck Rainey Bass
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Gordon Grody Vocals, Background Vocals
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Lyre, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Wayne Andre Trombone
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Steve Gadd Percussion, Drums
Diva Gray Vocals, Background Vocals
Lani Groves Vocals, Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson Bass
Walter Kane Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
George Marge Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Rick Marotta Drums, Vocals
Nicky Marrero Percussion, Timbales, Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Leslie Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Nichols Overdubs
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Pat Rebillot Keyboards, Electric Piano
Zachary Sanders Vocals, Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson Vocals, Background Vocals
David Tofani Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Toni Wine Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Garszva Overdubs
Chuck Sample Bass
Zack Snaders Background Vocals
Jerry Garszza Overdubs
Frank Floyd Vocals, Background Vocals
Ralph McDonald Percussion
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer, Liner Notes
Steely Dan rhythm arrangement
Don Grolnick rhythm arrangement
Keith Jarrett Composer
Rob Mounsey Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Tom Scott Horn Arrangements
Walter Becker Composer, Liner Notes
Paul Griffin rhythm arrangement
Gary Katz Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
Roger Nichols Special Effects, Engineer, Executive Producer
Elliot Scheiner Remixing
Shari Young Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Rob Mounsey & Flying Monkey Orchestra rhythm arrangement
Michael Diehl Reissue Design
Beth Stempel Reissue Production Coordination
Suzanne Walsh Art Direction
Bill Neighbors Executive Producer
Wendel Special Effects
Paul Bishow Executive Producer
Victor Di Suvero translation, Liner Note Translation
Frank Kafka Liner Notes, Author, Quotes Researched & Compiled
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album

    I have listened to steely dan for many years.....this is the best album yet,.if you like them this is a a must in your collection....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost Aja

    This is a very good album from the Dan's early recording years. Looking back it's amazing to see how ahead of their time they were with the blues/jazz/rock fusion. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Lost" without it!

    My favored genre is "Smooth Jazz" but let me tell you, none of my discs got as much play as this one did! My disc was just broken, and I feel like I need an air shipment of the replacement to keep me from freakin' out! The group is phenomenal, the stylings classical, and this takes me back home more than any Beach Boys or disco cut ever could. This would be the cornerstone of a CD library if I were making the recommendations to a friend who was just starting out!

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