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Encyclopedia > Gaucho (album)
Gaucho cover
Studio album by Steely Dan
Released November 21, 1980
Recorded 1979-1980
Genre Rock
Length 37:58
Label MCA Records
Producer Gary Katz,
Shari Young
Professional reviews
Steely Dan chronology
Alive in America

Gaucho was Steely Dan's last album before the band's 10-year breakup from June 1981 to October 1991. The album, originally released in 1980, was also the band's last studio album until the 2000 release of Two Against Nature. Despite exceptional difficulties in the album's production (e.g., Walter Becker getting hit by a car, a dispute over what company had the rights to the album, attempts to get the record company to lower the price from $9.98 to the original $8.98 and the accidental erasing of an entire track - "The Second Arrangement" - by a recording engineer), the album reached #9 on the charts and went platinum. "Hey Nineteen" reached #10 on the singles charts. Cover for album Gaucho by Steely Dan. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by Music Corporation of America (MCA). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Gary Katz is an American record producer, most famous for his work in that capacity on every Steely Dan album recorded during the first run of their career, from Cant Buy A Thrill in 1972 to Gaucho in 1980. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Aja (pronounced the same as Asia) is an album by the rock band Steely Dan. ... Alive in America is a live album by rock group Steely Dan, released in 1995. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Two Against Nature is an album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. ... Walter Carl Becker (born February 20, 1950 in New York, New York) is the guitarist (and sometimes electric bassist) half of the duo at the core of the jazz-rock group Steely Dan. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ...

The title track was originally intended as a tribute to Keith Jarrett, and was originally credited to Fagen and Becker only; yet, after hearing the album, Jarrett insisted that the track uses a part of one of his composition, and threatened Steely Dan with legal action. Becker and Fagen were then forced to add his name to the credits. Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American pianist and composer. ...


Track listing

All songs written by Becker and Fagen, except where noted

  1. "Babylon Sisters" – 5:49
  2. "Hey Nineteen" – 5:06
  3. "Glamour Profession" – 7:28
  4. "Gaucho" (Becker, Fagen, Keith Jarrett) – 5:30
  5. "Time Out of Mind" – 4:11
  6. "My Rival" – 4:30
  7. "Third World Man" – 5:18

Hey Nineteen is a song by American rock band Steely Dan, written by members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and released on their 1980 album Gaucho. ... Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American pianist and composer. ...


Walter Carl Becker (born February 20, 1950 in New York, New York) is the guitarist (and sometimes electric bassist) half of the duo at the core of the jazz-rock group Steely Dan. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... “Lyres” redirects here. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as co-writer, co-founder, singer, and pianist with the jazz-rock band Steely Dan. ... Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... Synthesizer as used in music, is a term derived from a Greek word syntithetai < synthesis (συντίθεται < σύνθεσις) and is used to describe a device capable of generating and/or manipulating electronic signals for use in music creation, recording and performance. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... An electric piano (e-piano) is an electric musical instrument whose popularity started in the late 1960s, was at its greatest during the 1970s and still is big today. ... The Clavinet D6, the most popular model, introduced in 1971. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... For the past three decades, Larry Carlton has been one of the nations most sought-after jazz guitarists, dividing his recording time between solo recordings and session appearances with more popular bands. ... Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, (age 59) in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. ... Playing a steel-string guitar without a pick (fingerpicking). ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a English-Hungarian guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Michael Brecker (March 29, 1949 – January 13th, 2007) was a popular US jazz saxophonist and composer. ... The tenor saxophone is a medium-sized member of the saxophone family, a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax. ... Ronald Randy Brecker (b. ... The trumpet is the highest brass instrument in register, above the French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba. ... A standard 3-valved Bb flugelhorn. ... The baritone saxophone, often called bari sax (to avoid confusion with the baritone horn, which is often referred to simply as baritone), is one of the larger and lower pitched members of the saxophone family. ... The bass clarinet is a musical instrument of the clarinet family. ... For other persons named David Sanborn, see David Sanborn (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Steve Gadd (born April 9, 1945 in Rochester, New York) is a very well known session drummer, mainly known for work with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di... Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was a highly regarded session drummer and a founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Toto. ... Bernard Pretty Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is a session drummer from Maryland, United States, who claims to be the most recorded drummer in history, working on over 3000 albums. ... “Percussion” redirects here. ... Victor Stanley Feldman (April 7, 1934 in Edgware, Middlesex – May 12, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, USA) was a British jazz musician. ... Timbales (or tymbales) are shallow single-headed drums, shallower in shape than single-headed tom-toms, and usually much higher tuned. ... Patti Austin (born August 10, 1948, in Harlem, New York), to Edna and Gordon Austin, is an R&B and jazz music singer. ... A different person also named Michael McDonald is a co-founder of ATO Records. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful songwriting/ production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ...


  • Producers: Gary Katz, Shari Young
  • Executive producers: Paul Bishow, Roger Nichols
  • Executive engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Assistant engineers: John "Doc" Daugherty, Gerry Gabinelli, Craig Goetsch, Tom Greto, Barbara Isaak, Georgia Offrell, Johnny Potoker, Linda Randazzo, Marti Robertson, Carla Bandini
  • Supervisors: Paul Bishow, Bill Burks, Michael Etchart, Andy McKaie, Shari Young
  • Production coordination: Jeff Fura, Margaret Goldfarb, Shannon Steckloff
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Mix down: Elliot Scheiner
  • Coordination: Michael Etchart
  • Sequencing: Roger Nichols, Wendel
  • Tracking: Elliot Scheiner, Bill Schnee
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Overdubs: Jerry Garszva, Roger Nichols
  • Surround mix: Elliot Scheiner
  • Rhythm arrangements: Paul Griffin, Don Grolnick, Rob Mounsey, Steely Dan
  • Horn arrangements: Rob Mounsey, Tom Scott
  • Piano technician: Don Farrar
  • Special effects: Roger Nichols, Wendel
  • Consultant: Daniel Levitin
  • Art direction: Vartan, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design: Michael Diehl, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design assistant: John Tom Cohoe
  • Photography: Rene Burri
  • Photo research: Ryan Null
  • Liner notes: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Frank Kafka
  • Liner note translation: Victor Di Suvero

For the songwriter, please see Roger Nichols (songwriter) Roger Nichols was a nuclear engineer until he turned his hobby of audio recording into a career as a recording engineer and producer. ... Professor Daniel J. Levitin, (born December 27, 1957, San Francisco) is an American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, record producer, musician, and writer. ...



Year Chart Position
1981 Black Albums 19
1981 Pop Albums 9


Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Hey Nineteen" Black Singles 68
1981 "Hey Nineteen" Pop Singles 10
1981 "Time Out Of Mind" Mainstream Rock 13
1981 "Time Out Of Mind" Pop Singles 22


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1981 Gaucho Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical


  • The title track borrows from Keith Jarrett's composition "Long As You Know You're Living Yours", as acknowledged by Fagen and Becker themselves. Jarrett sued for plagiarism, and as a result received songwriting credit.
  • The band approached Mark Knopfler to play the solo on "Time Out Of Mind" after hearing him play on his hit single "Sultans of Swing".
  • Bernard Purdie plays his famous "Purdie Shuffle" on the "Babylon Sisters" track.

Sultans of Swing was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
Steely Dan : Gaucho - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect (258 words)
Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show.
Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura.
Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile.
Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Gaucho [Remaster] by Steely Dan at Epinions.com (1446 words)
This album came to my attention because it was their new album, of course.
Gaucho is one album past Aja, and only suffers from a little bit of ego.
It is a magnificent album, and if it hadn’t followed the heels of perhaps the greatest album of all time, it would have been the champion of the world.
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