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|Steely Dan||Primary Artist|
|Donald Fagen||Piano, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Walter Becker||Bass, Guitar|
|Patricia Hall||Background Vocals|
|Jim Hodder||Percussion, Drums|
|Royce Jones||Saxophone, Background Vocals|
|Myrna Matthews||Background Vocals|
|Jeff Porcaro||Drums, Dorophone|
|Sherlie Matthews||Background Vocals|
|Donald Fagen||Composer, Liner Notes|
|Walter Becker||Composer, Liner Notes|
|Timothy B. Schmit||Orchestration|
Posted December 24, 2013
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.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.