The Nightfly

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late '50s/early '60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date. Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes the hit "I.G.Y." and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A portrait of the artist as a young man, The Nightfly is a wonderfully evocative reminiscence of Kennedy-era American life; in the liner notes, Donald Fagen describes the songs as representative of the kinds of fantasies he entertained as an adolescent during the late '50s/early '60s, and he conveys the tenor of the times with some of his most personal and least obtuse material to date. Continuing in the smooth pop-jazz mode favored on the final Steely Dan records, The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes the hit "I.G.Y." and Cold War fears the wonderful "The New Frontier," a memoir of fallout-shelter love crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992369626
  • Catalog Number: 23696
  • Sales rank: 2,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I.G.Y. (6:05)
  2. 2 Green Flower Street (3:40)
  3. 3 Ruby Baby (5:38)
  4. 4 Maxine (3:50)
  5. 5 New Frontier (6:23)
  6. 6 The Nightfly (5:45)
  7. 7 The Goodbye Look (4:47)
  8. 8 Walk Between Raindrops (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donald Fagen Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Horn, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Harp
Rick Derringer Guitar
Michael Brecker Horn, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton Guitar
Ronnie Cuber Horn, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer, Horn, Keyboards
Chuck Rainey Bass
Gordon Grody Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Bargeron Trombone, Euphonium, Horn, Background Vocals
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
James Gadson Drums
Ed Greene Drums
Anthony Jackson Bass
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Daniel Lazerus Background Vocals
Will Lee Bass
Hugh McCracken Guitar, Harmonica
Leslie Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcus Miller Bass
Roger Nichols Percussion
Michael Omartian Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass, Soloist
Zachary Sanders Vocals, Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson Vocals, Background Vocals
David Tofani Horn, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Starz Vander Lockett Percussion, Background Vocals
Daniel Bazerus Background Vocals
Frank Floyd Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Jordan Drums
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Arranger, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Rob Mounsey Horn Arrangements
Gordon Grody Contributor
Greg Allen Art Direction
Gary Katz Producer
Daniel Lazerus Engineer, overdub engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Roger Nichols Special Effects, Engineer
Elliot Scheiner Producer, Engineer
Andrew Thomas Screen Design
George Delmerico Art Direction
David Dieckmann Authoring
George Lydecker Authoring
Robin Hurley Producer
Spencer Christu Authoring
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums ever!!

    While Donald Fagen's hit song "I.G.Y." is the most famous one on this album, I was pleasantly surprised that every single track on the album was catchy to listen to. I simply could not stop listening to it over and over again! Not one of the songs on this album could be considered a "filler" song. Fagen has created an album that contains a great variety of sound, like the smooth, mellow sound of songs like "Maxine" to the very danceable songs like "The Goodbye Look" and "Walk Between Raindrops". He also includes a fresh remake of "Ruby Baby".

    His most famous song, "I.G.Y." has a feel of optimism and at the same time a touch of sentimentality to it, as I remember the song from when it was new and I was a young child. "Green Flower Street" and "New Frontier" are all excellent songs that received airplay when the album was released in 1982 and are also among my favorites.

    As a whole, this solo debut album by Donald Fagen is one of the best I have ever listened to. I highly recommend it to anyone. I have never been into the jazz sound too much, but this album has a freshness to it that is highly addictive and never gets old! A++

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Finest of Donald Fagen's Trilogy

    Thankfully when Steely Dan took a hiatus Donald Fagen presented his fans "The Nightfly." The masses were treated to the bouncy tunes of "I.G.Y" and "New Frontier" on the radio airways. "Green Flower Street" might be where Steely Dan's "Josie" frequents when she is not in her hometown. "Maxine" sets the stage for a romantic slow dance with a special someone... Speaking of "The Nightfly" the dj coos to his listeners inbetween the promos, jazz, and personal reminiscing. Donald on the cover posing as "The Nightfly is a fantastic touch. "The Nightfly" cover has been reproduced in many styles including Japanese comics art. Spoil yourself and get this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great debut solo album from Donald Fagen, co-founder of Steely Dan.

    After the 1980 Gaucho album and tour have been completed, Steely Dan had broken up, and this is how Donald Fagen's debut solo album, The Nightfly came to place, and it's a excellent album from start to finish, and this album also features the hit single "New Frontier", which was a music video on MTV and VH1, but this album features an arrangement by Donald Fagen on "Ruby Baby" which was wriiten by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Not only fans of Steely Dan will enjoy this album, but fans of Donald Fagen as well.

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