The Royal Scam

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Royal Scam is the first Steely Dan record that doesn't exhibit significant musical progress from its predecessor, but that doesn't mean the album is any less interesting. The cynicism that was suppressed on Katy Lied comes roaring to the surface on The Royal Scam -- not only are the lyrics bitter and snide, but the music is terse, broken, and weary. Not so coincidentally, the album is comprised of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's weakest set of songs since Can't Buy a Thrill. Alternating between mean-spirited bluesy vamps like "Green Earrings" and "The Fez" and jazzy soft rock numbers like "The Caves of Altamira," there's nothing particularly bad on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Royal Scam is the first Steely Dan record that doesn't exhibit significant musical progress from its predecessor, but that doesn't mean the album is any less interesting. The cynicism that was suppressed on Katy Lied comes roaring to the surface on The Royal Scam -- not only are the lyrics bitter and snide, but the music is terse, broken, and weary. Not so coincidentally, the album is comprised of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's weakest set of songs since Can't Buy a Thrill. Alternating between mean-spirited bluesy vamps like "Green Earrings" and "The Fez" and jazzy soft rock numbers like "The Caves of Altamira," there's nothing particularly bad on the album, yet there are fewer standouts than before. Nevertheless, the best songs on The Royal Scam, like the sneering "Kid Charlemagne" and "Sign in Stranger," rank as genuine Steely Dan classics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811205126
  • Catalog Number: 112051
  • Sales rank: 454

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steely Dan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Donald Fagen Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar
Victor Feldman Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Don Grolnick Keyboards
Plas Johnson Horn, Saxophone
John Klemmer Horn
Chuck Rainey Bass
Clydie King Vocals, Background Vocals
Elliott Randall Guitar
Walter Becker Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion, Drums
Venetta Fields Horn, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Findley Horn
Chuck Findley Horn
Paul Griffin Keyboards, Vocals
Jim Horn Horn, Saxophone
Richard Hyde Trombone
Rick Marotta Drums
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Timothy B. Schmit Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Denny Dias Guitar
Dick Hyde Horn
Slyde Hyde Horn
Sherlie Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Walter Becker Composer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Ed Caraeff Art Direction
Chuck Findley Horn Arrangements
Paul Griffin Composer
Gary Katz Producer
Roger Nichols Engineer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Zox Cover Art
Roger Nicholas Engineer
Elliott Shiner Engineer
Michael Diehl Reissue Design
Tom Nikosey Cover Art
Dinky Dawson Sound Consultant
Karen Stanley Nursery Rhyme
Stuart Dinky Dawson Graphic Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super!

    I have never heard of Steeley Dan before, but when I heard this album, I WAS HOOKED!! :D!! Kid Charlemagne, Haitian Divorce and Don't Take Me Alive are mh favourites. BUY THIS!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding effort

    I had really never been enthusiastic about Steely Dan until I heard this CD, although Katy Lied was always a somewhat interesting tune to me. The sound is edgy and the lyrics at once lyrical and sardonic.

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