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Walter Becker takes the solos on Steely Dan’s first studio release in 20 years

By Darrin Fox Guitar World Even though two decades have passed since Steely Dan’s last studio album (Gaucho), their new release, Two Against Nature (Giant), bears all the trademarks fans expect from Donald Fagen and Walter Becker: complex, yet musical songs, stellar production values, and — of course — exceptional guitar work. The guitar is […]

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BBC Online Chat

BBC Host Welcome to the Steely Dan Live Chat, with Walter Becker and Donald Fagen joining us live from the US. We’ll be chatting tonight about the chequered history of one of the most important and intelligent bands the US has produced. You can ask your own question by typing in the box at the bottom […]

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Walter Becker: Reelin’ in the Gear

By Ken Micallef Guitar.com In the history of ’70s rock the guitar solos of Steely Dan loom large. On such albums as Katy Lied, Pretzel Logic, Royal Scam and Aja, the odd-looking masterminds — guitarist/bassist Walter Becker and singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen — found ways to coax blistering performances out of bored session guitarists who had […]

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Steely Dan’s “Jazz Weenie” Roast

By Jerry McCulley Amazon.com Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen aren’t exactly providing their undivided attention as they check in via phone from New York to promote Two Against Nature, their first studio album in 20 years. “There’s a cartoon on the TV here with the sound off. This one concerns a disconcerted beaver, I would say,” notes […]

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Becker and Fagen Do It Again

By Eric Deggans St. Petersburg Times As might be expected from a group named after a fictional sex toy, Steely Dan masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen present a cynically hilarious, though sometimes confused, demeanor in person. Taking on interviewers like two tag team wrestlers over the telephone, the duo makes sure that — whatever […]

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Interview with Walter Becker on America Online

OnlineHost: He hooked up with Donald Fagen to form Steely Dan. That was twenty-odd years ago. Their first album Can’t Buy a Thrill quickly went gold. The group went on to record a total of seven commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums which included Pretzel Logic (1974), Aja (1977), and Gaucho (1979) as well as numerous hit singles. OnlineHost: About 1980 or so, Steely Dan […]

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Steely Dan (Half of It, That Is) Strikes Back

By Jon Pareles The New York Times Fifteen years later, we find out who put the edge into Steely Dan. It was Walter Becker, who played bass and guitar and left the lead vocals to his songwriting partner, Donald Fagen. On his first solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack, Becker brings back everything fans cherished […]

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Press release from Walter Becker’s 11 Tracks of Whack

Born in New York City in 1950. Mr. Becker makes his debut as a music lover while huddled in the back seat of his father’s cream and flesh colored Ford Fairlane. As it hurtles down the Henry Hudson Parkway, he watches the advertising billboards slide by and is hypnotized by the rhythmic swooshing of the […]

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Walter Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack

The Reinventing of Walter Becker

Steely Dan’s resident reticent artist sings his own songs on a new solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack.’ He performs tonight at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Devore. By Chris Willman Los Angeles Times After more than two decades in the public eye, formerly close-mouthed Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker put himself into the public ear […]

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Steely Dan’s Silence is Broken

By Larry Katz Boston Herald Walter Becker is no longer Steely Dan’s silent partner. “My inner child is screaming like a banshee,” he says. That’s because his adult self is singing onstage with Steely Dan and on a first solo album, “11 Tracks of Whack,” which lands in stores Sept. 27. The seldom-heard-from Becker’s emergence […]

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