Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Essentially a more sensibly scaled rendering of the excellent Citizen Steely Dan box set, his two-disc compilation culls 32 craftily crafted nuggets from the potentates of penetrating pop -- or, in their later years, the monarchs of enigmatic mellowness. Presented chronologically, the songs on Showbiz Kids offer plenty of follow-the-bouncing-ball cues to help you gauge the erratic evolution of Steely Dan. Beginning with the cynically sizzling rock tone of Can't Buy a Thrill tunes like "Do It Again" and "Reelin' in the Years," disc one dovetails nicely into increasingly offbeat constructions like the homicidal "Black Friday" and the Hunter Thompson-in-the-tropics yarn ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Essentially a more sensibly scaled rendering of the excellent Citizen Steely Dan box set, his two-disc compilation culls 32 craftily crafted nuggets from the potentates of penetrating pop -- or, in their later years, the monarchs of enigmatic mellowness. Presented chronologically, the songs on Showbiz Kids offer plenty of follow-the-bouncing-ball cues to help you gauge the erratic evolution of Steely Dan. Beginning with the cynically sizzling rock tone of Can't Buy a Thrill tunes like "Do It Again" and "Reelin' in the Years," disc one dovetails nicely into increasingly offbeat constructions like the homicidal "Black Friday" and the Hunter Thompson-in-the-tropics yarn "Doctor Wu." The nicely annotated set's second disc picks up the thread at that frazzled end, teasing listeners with tales of glamour and distress like the patricide anthem "Don't Take Me Alive" and the prescient safe-sex ditty "The Fez" before offering a breather in the form of the burnished radio staples that dominated Aja -- notably "Deacon Blues." Steely Dan completists won't find anything new lurking under these covers, but those seeking an entry into the world of this dazzlingly complex band would be hard-pressed to do better than Showbiz Kids.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There is an audience for the double-disc set Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980, although it may be a small one -- it's a set for listeners who want something a little more extensive than A Decade of Steely Dan or Gold yet don't want to invest in full albums. On that level, it works quite well, since it does have all the chart and radio hits, plus a terrific sampling of classic album tracks from "Only a Fool Would Say That" through "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" to "Time Out of Mind." So Showbiz Kids winds up being useful for neophytes -- although it's hard not to imagine anyone who gets this set, believing that this will be all the Steely Dan they'll ever need, eventually succumbing and buying all the studio albums. If that's the case, at least they'll already have "Here at the Western World" and "FM," and won't have to purchase one of the two multi-disc sets that contain these non-LP songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 602498117415
  • Catalog Number: 9811741
  • Sales rank: 45,186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do It Again (5:56)
  2. 2 Dirty Work (3:08)
  3. 3 Reelin' In The Years (4:37)
  4. 4 Only A Fool Would Say (2:57)
  5. 5 Change Of The Guard (3:39)
  6. 6 Bodhisattva (5:18)
  7. 7 The Boston Rag (5:40)
  8. 8 Show Biz Kids (5:26)
  9. 9 My Old School (5:46)
  10. 10 Rikki Don't Lose That Number (4:32)
  11. 11 Night By Night (3:40)
  12. 12 Pretzel Logic (4:32)
  13. 13 Any Major Dude Will Tell You (3:08)
  14. 14 Black Friday (3:41)
  15. 15 Bad Sneakers (3:21)
  16. 16 Doctor WU (3:55)
  17. 17 Any World (That I'm Welcome To) (3:55)
  18. 18 Chain Lightning (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kid Charlemagne (4:38)
  2. 2 Don't Take Me Alive (4:16)
  3. 3 Haitian Divorce (5:51)
  4. 4 The Fez (4:02)
  5. 5 Here At The Western World (4:01)
  6. 6 Black Cow (5:10)
  7. 7 Aja (8:00)
  8. 8 Deacon Blues (7:36)
  9. 9 Peg (4:00)
  10. 10 Josie (4:35)
  11. 11 FM (5:06)
  12. 12 Babylon Sisters (5:49)
  13. 13 Hey Nineteen (5:07)
  14. 14 Time Out Of Mind (4:12)
  15. 15 Third World Man (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist
Rick Derringer Guitar
Donald Fagen Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar
Lanny Morgan Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Elliott Randall Guitar
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Wilton Felder Bass
Patricia Hall Background Vocals
Jim Hodder Percussion, Drums
Royce Jones Saxophone, Background Vocals
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Michael Omartian Piano
Jeff Porcaro Drums, Dorophone
Dean Parks Guitar
John Rotella Saxophone
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Snooky Young Flugelhorn
Denny Dias Guitar
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer, Liner Notes
Michael Brecker Contributor
David Sanborn Contributor
Tom Scott Contributor
Walter Becker Composer, Liner Notes
Paul Griffin Composer
Gary Katz Producer
Mark Knopfler Contributor
Roger Nichols Engineer
Timothy B. Schmit Orchestration
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  • Posted December 24, 2013

     I must correct a mistake I recently made. This is the album I f

     I must correct a mistake I recently made. This is the album I fell in love with, never once listening to
    The Very Best of Steely Dan. That review is about this this album, which I still strongly recommend.
    I'll be more careful next time! Peace.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Rise and Fall of a Unique Band

    Unless you want every track the group made, this is probably enough. Disc 1 was Becker and Fagen at their peak, writing and performing single length songs that were as cryptic as Bob Dylan and full of great, jazzy guitar. Disc 2 chronicles their move into more jazzy territory and their descent into ever more vague lyrics. I know many admire the later songs but I feel the duo had lost the bite of the early classics. The fact that, together and apart, they produced less music in the next 30 years than they did in the 70s is significant. I give 5 stars to Disc 1 and 3 to Disc 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The definitive Steely Dan collection

    Finally, a Steely Dan compilation that gets it right. Though A Decade of Steely Dan and Gold were both fair representations of the band's career, particularly the former, they were too skimpy. Citizen Steely Dan is a great box set, but perhaps a bit much for those who only want the essentials. Admittedly, some may argue about just what constitutes a Steely Dan essential, but the tracks on this compilation are all top contenders. All of the duo's hit singles and popular LP tracks are included here. I would have liked to have seen more from Countdown to Ecstasy, Pretzel Logic and Katy Lied and not so much from Gaucho, the Royal Scam or even Can't Buy a Thrill, but Aja, their masterpiece is well represented here with 5 of the LP's seven tracks. The five tracks from Can't Buy a Thrill are arguably the best five from that record, but four tracks from Gaucho, one of the worst albums ever made and unbefitting of this stellar act, is a bit much. If you buy this compilation you may still want to buy Countdown to Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic, and maybe Katy Lied. Other than that you really cannot go wrong with this collection.

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