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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: The Royal Scam Review

By Bud Scoppa Circus Donald Fagen and Walter Becker don’t play by the rules. They won’t tour, they won’t talk to interviewers, they won’t keep a band together — instead they prefer to ship out their best players to the Doobie Brothers and hire hand-picked freelance musicians for specific parts on specific tracks (they’ve been known […]

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