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Listening to Steely Dan’s Gaucho

By Paul Grimstad Paris Review The cover of Steely Dan’s 1975 LP Katy Lied shows an out-of-focus praying mantis floating amid bulbous plants. I used to stare at it as a kid, listening to the record in my dad’s leather reading chair and wondering who this “Steely” was. He sounded sort of like Bob Dylan, […]

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40 Years Ago: Steely Dan Pulls Off ‘Royal Scam’

Originally published on May 31, 2016 By FRANK MASTROPOLO Ultimate Classic Rock Expectations were high when Steely Dan’s fifth album, The Royal Scam, was released May 31, 1976. It featured the band’s most cynical lyrics to date in its tales of outlaws, drug dealers and cheaters. While the LP reached No. 15 on the Billboard albums chart, its two singles, “Kid Charlemagne” […]

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Steely Dan Essential Singles

By Ed Masley The Arizona Republic Jazz-loving soft-rock perfectionists Donald Fagen and Walter Becker topped some of the ’70s’ most sophisticated pop recordings with lyrical portraits of life on the dark side, casting a cynical eye with black humor and pathos on the American Dream as it was being acted out on a cocaine binge […]

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Steely Dan’s Planet D’Sound Quality

SQ Logic: Our favorite audiophile-centric recording duo wax poetically on the necessary elements of great recordings. By Mike Mettler Sound+Vision Magazine With a score of dates set to go now on sale tomorrow today (4/26) for Steely Dan’s Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day summer/fall tour, I thought it only appropriate to revisit the time I’ve spent over the years with our […]

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How did Steely Dan beat Eminem for 2000 Grammy?

By Charles Bright GoldDerby.com In recent years, one Grammy contest that has been misunderstood is Album of the Year in 2000, when ’70s jam-band Steely Dan’s “Two Against Nature” upset the heavily favored and extremely controversial Eminem for “The Marshall Mathers LP.” Their victory is usually thought of as simply the Recording Academy rewarding a […]

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Glamour Profession: The Bassists of Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos

By Chris Jisi Bass Player Magazine It remains one of the most exclusive and longest-running clubs in the sideman realm: cutting bass tracks for Walter Becker and Donald Fagen—either in their collective form, Steely Dan, or on their equally sophisticated solo CDs. What bassist wouldn’t want to join the likes of Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson, […]

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How to Be an Aging Rocker

By Terry Teachout Wall Street Journal What does it mean to say that a work of art is “dated”? I know people who sincerely believe that Shakespeare’s plays are dated because of the way in which they portray women, a point of view that says far more about the complainants in question than it does […]

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Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos

  By Fred Kaplan Stereophile Donald Fagen isn’t exactly a jazz musician, but he is a musician who plays jazz and whose music is suffused with a jazz sensibility, whether on his own or as co-leader of Steely Dan, so here we go. His 4th solo disc, Sunken Condos (on Reprise), is one of his […]

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Donald Fagen Rises to New Heights with “Sunken Condos”

By Dennis Biles San Jose State Spartan Daily Grade: A Donald Fagen, co-founder of legendary rock group Steely Dan, may be getting up there in years but his slick musical style and witty, yet often sarcastic lyricism doesn’t sound dated at all on his latest solo effort “Sunken Condos.” By employing his usual method of […]

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Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos

By Zachary Houle PopMatters Associate Music Editor Something funny happened to me while I was listening to Donald Fagen’s fourth solo album, Sunken Condos, and first since 2006’s Morph the Cat. The record company kept a pretty tight leash on this release, and, to make a long story short, I had to download some software […]

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