The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Geffen's 2006 release The Definitive Collection is a mere 16 tracks long, which is a bit short for covering Steely Dan's career. They may not have landed many singles within the Billboard charts -- only 15 between their 1973 debut, Can't Buy a Thrill, and their 2000 comeback, Two Against Nature -- but they had plenty of standards on album rock radio, giving the impression that they had more charting hits than they actually did. This can make compiling a Dan hits collection a little difficult, since concentrating on either the chart singles or the radio staples will wind up giving a misleading impression. The Definitive Collection attempts to negotiate the two: ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Geffen's 2006 release The Definitive Collection is a mere 16 tracks long, which is a bit short for covering Steely Dan's career. They may not have landed many singles within the Billboard charts -- only 15 between their 1973 debut, Can't Buy a Thrill, and their 2000 comeback, Two Against Nature -- but they had plenty of standards on album rock radio, giving the impression that they had more charting hits than they actually did. This can make compiling a Dan hits collection a little difficult, since concentrating on either the chart singles or the radio staples will wind up giving a misleading impression. The Definitive Collection attempts to negotiate the two: it has the biggest singles -- "Do It Again," "Reeling in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Deacon Blues," "Peg," "Hey Nighteen" -- and it has such radio favorites as "Bodhisattva," "My Old School," "FM," and "Babylon Sisters." This disc does take into account their new-millennium comeback, pulling "Cousin Dupree" from Two Against Nature and "Things I Miss the Most" from 2003's Everything Must Go, which leaves less space for such Steely Dan standards as "Josie," "Time Out of Mind," "Show Biz Kids," "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," and "Aja." While those songs are missed, listeners wanting a more exhaustive compilation always have the option of purchasing 2000's excellent double-disc set Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980 instead. For those who just want a sampler of many, but not all, of Steely Dan's biggest and best songs, this will suit them fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498784662
  • Catalog Number: 000675202
  • Sales rank: 3,553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do It Again (5:57)
  2. 2 Dirty Work (3:10)
  3. 3 Reelin' in the Years (4:37)
  4. 4 Bodhisattva (5:18)
  5. 5 My Old School (5:45)
  6. 6 Rikki Don't Lose That Number (4:32)
  7. 7 Black Friday (3:39)
  8. 8 Bad Sneakers (3:20)
  9. 9 Kid Charlemagne (4:39)
  10. 10 Deacon Blues (7:32)
  11. 11 Peg (3:55)
  12. 12 FM (4:50)
  13. 13 Hey Nineteen (5:05)
  14. 14 Babylon Sisters (5:51)
  15. 15 Cousin Dupree (5:27)
  16. 16 Things I Miss the Most (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Rick Derringer Guitar
Donald Fagen Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Soloist
Michael McDonald Background Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar, Soloist
Pete Christlieb Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Victor Feldman Percussion, Keyboards, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Vibes, Soloist
Don Grolnick Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Plas Johnson Flute, Horn, Saxophone
Steve Khan Guitar
John Klemmer Horn
Bill Perkins Flute, Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tom Scott Flute, Saxophone, Alto Clarinet, Lyricon, Clarinet (Tenor)
Wayne Shorter Flute, Saxophone
Lanny Morgan Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Walt Weiskopf Background Vocals
Michael Fennelly Background Vocals
Clydie King Background Vocals
Elliott Randall Guitar, Soloist
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, spanish guitar, Soloist
Ben Benay Acoustic Guitar
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Leroy Clouden Drums
Gary Coleman Percussion
Wilton Felder Bass
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Bob Findley Horn
Chuck Findley Horn, Brass
Steve Gadd Percussion
Gordon Gottlieb Percussion
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Jay Graydon Guitar
Paul Griffin Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Patricia Hall Background Vocals
Jon Herington Piano
Jim Hodder Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jim Horn Flute, Horn, Saxophone
Royce Jones Background Vocals
Walter Kane Bass Clarinet
Jackie Kelso Flute, Saxophone
George Marge Bass Clarinet
Rick Marotta Drums
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar, Piano, Soloist
Leslie Miller Background Vocals
Roger Nichols Overdubs
Michael Omartian Piano, Keyboards
David Paich Piano, Keyboards
David Palmer Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums, Dorophone
Dean Parks Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Lee Ritenour Guitar
James Rolleston Background Vocals
John Rotella Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Toni Wine Background Vocals
Snooky Young Flugelhorn
Denny Dias Guitar, Electric Sitar, Soloist
Slyde Hyde Horn, Brass
Ted Baker Piano, fender rhodes
Jerry Garszva Overdubs
Jon Herrington Rhythm Guitar
Zack Saunders Background Vocals
Michael Leonhart Trumpet
Lou McCreary Brass
Carolyn Leonhart Background Vocals
Frank Floyd Background Vocals
Keith Carlock Drums
Amy Helm Human Whistle
David Palmer Vocals
Jay Grayeon Soloist
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Elliot Randall Guitar
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Personnel
Larry Carlton rhythm arrangement
Victor Feldman Personnel
Don Grolnick rhythm arrangement
Plas Johnson Personnel
Rob Mounsey Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jerome Richardson Personnel
Tom Scott Horn Arrangements, Horn Conductor
Jim Gordon Personnel
Walter Becker Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Personnel
Irving Azoff Management
Ben Benay Personnel
Wilton Felder Personnel
Chuck Findley Horn Arrangements
Paul Griffin rhythm arrangement
Jimmie Haskell Orchestration, Saxophone Arrangement
Gary Katz Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Mandel String Arrangements
Lew McCreary Personnel
Ollie Mitchell Personnel
Roger Nichols Special Effects, Engineer
Michael Omartian rhythm arrangement, Personnel
David Paich Personnel
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jeff Porcaro Personnel
Dean Parks rhythm arrangement, Personnel
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Timothy B. Schmit Personnel
Bill Schnee Engineer
Ernie Watts Personnel
Phil Burnett Engineer
Chuck Raney Personnel
Scott Hull Mastering
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Dave Russell Engineer
Wendel Special Effects
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Yusuf Tuvi Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    SINE QUA NON STEELY DAN!

    A GREATEST HITS ALBUM THAT IS GUARANTEED TO PLEASE, THIS DEFINITIVE COLLECTION LIVES UP TO ITS TITLE. THIS IS THE MUSIC I LOVE TO TRAVEL WITH IN THE MERRY OLDSMOBILE, VOLUME UP. FOR S.D. FANS YOU CANNOT ASK FOR MORE AT A GREAT BN PRICE. KICK BACK, HAVE A FEW (UNLESS YOU ARE DRIVING) AND LET THE MUSIC GUIDE YOU TO RELAXMENT EXTRAORDINAIRE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    steely dan

    as good as ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitive? Maybe not but worthwhile.

    Whether or not this collection should be called the Definitive Collection depends upon your own personal preference. In my opinion, it is not the definitive Steely Dan collection, but it serves nicely as an introduction to the band's music. Plus, it is the only Steely Dan compilation that covers their entire career. The other compilations stop at Gaucho. This one includes one track each from their comeback albums, Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go. The problem is that as with all Steely Dan hits compilations, it is hard to determine what, apart from the hit singles and LP tracks, should be included. It is nice to see "Dirty Work" included on this collection, but what about "Pretzel Logic," "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," "Show Biz Kids," "Everyone's Gone to the Movies," "Don't Take Me Alive," "Black Cow" or "Josie." Given spatial limitations it would have been impossible to include all of these oversights, but I myself would have liked to have seen at least two of the aforementioned classics included here instead of the tracks from their later albums. The bottom line is if you dig Steely Dan you must invest in their entire CD catalogue. They recorded too many classic tracks to be limited to a single disc compilation and their singles have never been expressive of their best work. Citizen Steely Dan, their boxed set, would also work nicely for the fan, but it was released before their "comeback" in 2000 so it does not include the two albums they released since then. If you are looking for a comprehensive hits collection, the best value for your money is Show Biz Kids a 2 disc set released in 2000 that contains a healthy sampling of hits and album tracks from all of their albums excepting of course Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go.

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