Steely Dan

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  1. Greggorios

    Greggorios Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I learned to drive with Reelin' In The Years playing on the AM radio. Have listened to them religiously since then. Couldn't even begin to pick a best record but sometimes I think my favorite could be Fagen's "Nightfly", a solo album. For anyone who grew up in the early 60s it's a great slice of American culture from that time period. Pay attention to the lyrics, they're killer. I swear "The Goodbye Look" could have been inspired by Godfather II and told from Fredo's point of view!

     
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  2. Mike Eskimo

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    I’m glad to have seen them with Walter touring with ELvis Costello a couple years ago. Though I bagged on Walter a little bit to my friends during and after the show , I’ll freely admit that among all the brilliant guitar solos and guitarists they’ve had , this one by Walter is my absolute favorite - it’s soooo good and just feels burnt-out and sad ,like waking up after a bender.

     
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    I had a roommate in college who turned me onto them. I listened to Katy Lied for the first time and was instantly hooked for life.
     
  4. Greggorios

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    I loved that record the first time I heard it too. I heard somewhere that both Becker and Fagen were not completely satisfied with the sound of the finished record. I used to hope that maybe someday they'd re-mix the thing. It would be interesting to hear what an improved version might sound like. Not holding my breath.
     
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    My wife and I saw them on the same tour. They killed it live. There was a private joke going around on stage to play passages of solos from other songs within a solo. The audience caught on quickly and roared every time someone did it, which only encouraged more... Harrington played a solo passage from Josie in a song so Becker played almost the whole F.M. solo on Josie..
     
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    Love them. Their music was a huge part of my youth. I loved the song FM so much that the soundtrack was the 1st album I ever purchased. The local Pizza Hut had Deacon Blues on the jukebox back in the day, always had to hear it whenever I was in there. I later bought Aja on vinyl, what an album!
     
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    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    Luv ’em, especially the middle period of their ‘70’s incarnation
     
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    Nobody like them, is there? What strange, haunting melodies and harmonies -- instrumental and vocal as well. For many of us, they were among the first of the "what's that chord, for crying out loud?" bafflers who played sophisticated music that worked for real people in a non-condescending way. Amazing sounds. I played along with "Bodhisattva" a zillion times.
     
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    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

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    Huge influence on my development as a musician.
     
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    I had this and for some inexplicable reason I tossed it.
    I believe it was during a music hiatus and I told myself “Self, you’ll never be good enough to play any of this”.
    Dumb!
     
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    Music I can listen to over and over. For 40 years. Each lead guitar break is unique, production is near perfect.
    Royal Scam is amazing for lyrics and Larry Carlton’s guitar work on Kid Charlemagne and Don’t Take Me Alive
    Start here
     
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    rangercaster Friend of Leo's

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    Musicianship ... Agree with above posters ...
     
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    Chuckle.....you should be beaten with wet noodle. (I'm just kidder :))

    Yes...their songs are challenging but far from impossible.
    Besides, those MU chords do sound cool.

    If one is inclined, by picking just one of their songs and sticking with the learning curve it will force one to get out of their comfort zone and not put limits on one's self perceived ability or (self defeating) lack thereof.
    "Do It Again" is a very easy song to play even though I don't play it anymore....just a thought.
    I have to sing a bit lower than the original.

    I've threatened to learn a couple more to add to my personal SD practice list....just don't know which one yet. :)

    Back to it....
     
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    Other than AJA I think those might be the best two albums you have there. "Don't Take Me Alive", "Haitian Divorce" "The Fez" "Bad Sneakers" "Black Friday", great stuff.
    Some great solos and playing on these albums.
     
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    I think Pretzel Logic is an underrated classic. It and the Royal Scam are my favorites but I like them all.
     
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    I have enormous respect for their musical ability, but their songs do nothing for me at all. There are several bands like that - Steely Dan is not alone at all.
     
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    Steely Dan has always had a thing for sick guitar playing.
     
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    Babs and clean Willie were in love,they said.

    Me too. SD were a one off.
     
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    I liked them a lot 30 years ago, but their sterility grew tiresome.
     
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