Katy Lied

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Building from the jazz fusion foundation of Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan created an alluringly sophisticated album of jazzy pop with Katy Lied. With this record, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen began relying solely on studio musicians, which is evident from the immaculate sound of the album. Usually, such a studied recording method would drain the life out of each song, but that's not the case with Katy Lied, which actually benefits from the duo's perfectionist tendencies. Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos. Essentially, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Building from the jazz fusion foundation of Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan created an alluringly sophisticated album of jazzy pop with Katy Lied. With this record, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen began relying solely on studio musicians, which is evident from the immaculate sound of the album. Usually, such a studied recording method would drain the life out of each song, but that's not the case with Katy Lied, which actually benefits from the duo's perfectionist tendencies. Each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos. Essentially, Katy Lied is a smoother version of Pretzel Logic, featuring the same cross-section of jazz-pop and blues-rock. The lack of innovations doesn't hurt the record, since the songs are uniformly brilliant. Less overtly cynical than previous Dan albums, the album still has its share of lyrical stingers, but what's really notable are the melodies, from the seductive jazzy soul of "Doctor Wu" and the lazy blues of "Chain Lightning" to the terse "Black Friday" and mock calypso of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies." It's another excellent record in one of the most distinguished rock & roll catalogs of the '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811191627
  • Catalog Number: 11916
  • Sales rank: 2,701

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rick Derringer Guitar
Donald Fagen Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Michael McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar
Victor Feldman Percussion, Keyboards, Vibes
Bill Perkins Horn
Chuck Rainey Bass
Elliott Randall Guitar
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Denny Dias Guitar, Guitar
Wilton Felder Bass
Jimmie Haskell Horn
Myrna Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Michael Omartian Piano, Keyboards
David Paich Piano, Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro Drums, Dorophone
Dean Parks Guitar
Carolyn Willis Vocals, Background Vocals
Phil Woods Alto, Horn, Vocals, Soloist
Mike McDonald Background Vocals
Sherlie Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Elliot Randall Guitar
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Liner Notes
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Gary Katz Producer, Audio Production
Roger Nichols Engineer
Dorothy White Cover Photo
Dinky Dawson Sound Consultant
Rick Collins Mastering
Kenta Hagiwara Liner Notes
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