Very Best of Steely Dan

The Very Best of Steely Dan

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by Steely Dan
     
 
Putting together a "best-of" compilation for a band as hell-bent on achieving perfection as Steely Dan can be a daunting task. Fortunately, The Very Best of Steely Dan takes a kitchen-sink approach as it delivers two discs of remarkably precise jazz-rock from the storied outfit. A career retrospective, the album tracks Steely Dan

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Putting together a "best-of" compilation for a band as hell-bent on achieving perfection as Steely Dan can be a daunting task. Fortunately, The Very Best of Steely Dan takes a kitchen-sink approach as it delivers two discs of remarkably precise jazz-rock from the storied outfit. A career retrospective, the album tracks Steely Dan from their more group-oriented beginning, which found legendary guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter in the lineup, to their more withdrawn period in the second half of their career when Becker and Fagen focused on the perfectionism allowed by the studio environment. This helps to give listeners a taste of the band's complete history all in one shot rather than over the course of a couple of volumes. In the end, The Very Best of Steely Dan is like the closing arguments of two attorneys who are both arguing their client is innocent, just for different reasons, with both of its two discs making a compelling case for why Steely Dan were one of the great soft/jazz-rock bands of the '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0600753204511
catalogNumber:
5320451
Rank:
93

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Do It Again
  2. Dirty Work
  3. Reelin' In the Years
  4. Only a Fool Would Say That
  5. Change of the Guard
  6. Bodhisattva
  7. The Boston Rag
  8. Show Biz Kids
  9. My Old School
  10. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
  11. Night By Night
  12. Pretzel Logic
  13. Any Major Dude Will Tell You
  14. Black Friday
  15. Bad Sneakers
  16. Doctor Wu
  17. Any World (That I'm Welcome To)
  18. Chain Lightning

Disc 2

  1. Kid Charlemagne
  2. Don't Take Me Alive
  3. Haitian Divorce
  4. The Fez
  5. Here In the Western World
  6. Black Cow
  7. Aja
  8. Deacon Blues
  9. Peg
  10. Josie
  11. Fm
  12. Babylon Sisters
  13. Hey Nineteen
  14. Time Out of Mind
  15. Third World Man

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The Very Best of Steely Dan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JEANPIERREFORRES6 More than 1 year ago
The two boys did a lovely job re-mastering all their hits on this most recent double album set. For someone who grew up always thinking how cool Steely Dan is, they ended up finding a nice place in my heart! Thank you. f