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Pretzel Logic

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Countdown to Ecstasy wasn't half the hit that Can't Buy a Thrill was, and Steely Dan responded by trimming the lengthy instrumental jams that were scattered across Countdown and concentrating on concise songs for Pretzel Logic. While the shorter songs usually indicate a tendency toward pop conventions, that's not the case with Pretzel Logic. Instead of relying on easy hooks, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen assembled their most complex and cynical set of songs to date. Dense with harmonics, countermelodies, and bop phrasing, Pretzel Logic is vibrant with unpredictable musical juxtapositions and snide, but very funny, wordplay. Listen to how the album's hit single,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Countdown to Ecstasy wasn't half the hit that Can't Buy a Thrill was, and Steely Dan responded by trimming the lengthy instrumental jams that were scattered across Countdown and concentrating on concise songs for Pretzel Logic. While the shorter songs usually indicate a tendency toward pop conventions, that's not the case with Pretzel Logic. Instead of relying on easy hooks, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen assembled their most complex and cynical set of songs to date. Dense with harmonics, countermelodies, and bop phrasing, Pretzel Logic is vibrant with unpredictable musical juxtapositions and snide, but very funny, wordplay. Listen to how the album's hit single, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," opens with a syncopated piano line that evolves into a graceful pop melody, or how the title track winds from a blues to a jazzy chorus -- Becker and Fagen's craft has become seamless while remaining idiosyncratic and thrillingly accessible. Since the songs are now paramount, it makes sense that Pretzel Logic is less of a band-oriented album than Countdown to Ecstasy, yet it is the richest album in their catalog, one where the backhanded Dylan tribute "Barrytown" can sit comfortably next to the gorgeous "Any Major Dude Will Tell You." Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811191726
  • Catalog Number: 11917
  • Sales rank: 684

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Donald Fagen Keyboards, Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion, Keyboards, Marimbas
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Saxophone
Jim Gordon Drums
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Ben Benay Guitar
Denny Dias Guitar, Guitar
Wilton Felder Bass
Jim Hodder Drums
Lew McCreary Horn
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Michael Omartian Keyboards
David Paich Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit Bass, Marimbas, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Liner Notes
Victor Feldman Contributor
Plas Johnson Contributor
Jerome Richardson Contributor
Chuck Rainey Contributor
Jim Gordon Contributor
Walter Becker Liner Notes
Ben Benay Contributor
Tubby Bruce Contributor
Ed Caraeff Art Direction
Wilton Felder Contributor
Jimmie Haskell Orchestration
Gary Katz Producer, Audio Production
Lew McCreary Contributor
Ollie Mitchell Contributor
Roger Nichols Engineer
Michael Omartian Contributor
David Paich Contributor
Jeff Porcaro Contributor
Dean Parks Contributor
Ernie Watts Contributor
Tubby Burce Contributor
Michael Diehl Reissue Design
Raeanne Rubenstein Cover Photo
David Larkham Original Design Concept
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