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Encyclopedia > Steely Dan
Steely Dan
Origin Flag of the United States Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Genre(s) Rock
Jazz rock
Rhythm and Blues
Years active 1971–1981
1993–present
Label(s) ABC Records
MCA Records
Reprise Records
Website http://www.steelydan.com/
Members
Donald Fagen
Walter Becker
Former members
Denny Dias
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
Jim Hodder
Michael McDonald
David Palmer

Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American jazz rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's peak of popularity was in the 1970s, when it released six albums that blended together elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Their music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies, literate but sometimes obscure or ambiguous lyrics filled with dark sarcasm, and their adroit musicianship and studio perfectionism. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Annandale-on-Hudson is a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York, USA, in the Hudson Valley in the Town of Red Hook, across the Hudson River from Kingston. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... 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. ... 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. ... Denny Dias is an American guitarist, most known for being a founding member of Steely Dan. ... Jeff Skunk Baxter Jeff Skunk Baxter (born December 13, 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is an American rock guitarist. ... Jim Hodder ([December 17]][1947]]-June 5, 1990) was an American drummer, best known as the original drummer for Steely Dan. ... A different person also named Michael McDonald is a co-founder of ATO Records. ... David Palmer is an American vocalist and songwriter. ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... 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. ... 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. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... 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. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ...


The group toured from 1972 to 1974, but in 1975 became a purely studio-based act. They disbanded in 1981, but have since reunited. They had two reunion tours in the summers of 1993 and 1994 and new studio releases in 2000's Two Against Nature and follow-up, 2003's Everything Must Go, with accompanying tours. In the upcoming November issue of Guitar World, Walter Becker states that Steely Dan are recording once again. The new album scheduled to arrive in spring/summer 2008 has a working title of "Suffice It To Say. . . ".[citation needed] ==Individual Studio== A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... Two Against Nature is an album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. ... Everything Must Go is an album by Steely Dan. ...

Contents

History

Early years

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York[1] in 1967 and began playing in local groups (one of these, The Bad Rock Group, included future comedy star Chevy Chase on drums). For other meanings of the word Bard, see Bard (disambiguation). ... Annandale-on-Hudson is a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York, USA, in the Hudson Valley in the Town of Red Hook, across the Hudson River from Kingston. ... For other uses, see Chevy Chase (disambiguation). ...


After Fagen graduated in 1969, the two moved to Brooklyn and tried to peddle their tunes in the Brill Building in midtown Manhattan. Kenny Vance, a member of the pop group Jay and the Americans, who had a production office in the building, took an interest in their material that led to work on the soundtrack of the low-budget Richard Pryor film You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat (1971) and jobs with the band's rhythm section. A series of demos made (supposedly) between 1968 and 1971 while under contract to Vance have been available on unofficial CDs and on various Steely Dan fan sites for some time.[2] This collection features approximately twenty-five tracks, and are unique for two reasons. First, the stripped down production and decidedly "lo-fi" nature of these tracks (many songs are just Fagen and his piano) is completely contrary to known Steely Dan works. Second, although some of these songs (Caves of Altamira, Brooklyn, Barrytown, and a few others) eventually were recorded on a mass-produced album, the majority were never released formally. This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Artists rendition of the Brill Buildings main entrance on Broadway The Brill Building (built 1930) is an office building located at 1619 Broadway in New York City, just north of Times Square. ... Jay and the Americans were a pop music group popular in the 1960s. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Youve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or Youll Lose That Beat is a 1971 comedy-drama directed by Peter Locke. ...


Although they had a few notable successes—Barbra Streisand recorded their song "I Mean To Shine" on her 1971 "Barbra Joan Streisand" album—they made little significant headway until one of Vance's cronies, Gary Katz, moved to Los Angeles to become a staff producer for ABC Records. He hired Becker and Fagen as staff songwriters and they flew to Los Angeles. Katz would produce all their 1970s albums with a collaboration with engineer Roger Nichols. Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... 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. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... 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. ...


After realizing their songs were too complex for other ABC artists, at Katz's suggestion they formed their own band with guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer, and Katz signed the band to ABC as recording artists. Being fans of Beat Generation literature, Fagen and Becker named the band for a dildo in the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.[3][4] The addition of Palmer as a second lead vocalist was due to a combination of Fagen's resistance to singing in front of an audience and the label's feeling that his voice was not "commercial" enough. Fagen lacked confidence in his voice and was known to have suffered from occasional bouts of stage fright. Ironically, it would soon become obvious that Fagen's voice was ideally suited to their material. Denny Dias is an American guitarist, most known for being a founding member of Steely Dan. ... Jeff Skunk Baxter (born December 13, 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is an American guitarist best known for his stints in the rock bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers during the 1970s. ... Jim Hodder ([December 17]][1947]]-June 5, 1990) was an American drummer, best known as the original drummer for Steely Dan. ... David Palmer is an American vocalist and songwriter. ... Beats redirects here. ... A 7-inch silicone dildo A dildo (or dildoe, a rare alternate spelling) is a sex toy, often explicitly phallic in appearance, intended for bodily interaction during masturbation or sexual intercourse. ... William S. Burroughs. ... Naked Lunch is a novel by William S. Burroughs. ...


In 1972, ABC sent out promotional copies of Steely Dan's first single, "Dallas" backed with "Sail the Waterway." It is unclear if "stock" copies were ever released to the general public, and if they were, the single sold so poorly that promotional copies are more abundant today (whereas the reverse is true for most releases). Neither song has ever been included on a compilation or album of any kind, or re-released in any form, with few exceptions: a 12" European EP titled "Plus Fours." - this 1978 EP features "Dallas," "Sail the Waterway," "Do It Again" and "Haitian Divorce." "The Probe Family Sampler" - released by Music for Pleasure in the UK - included "Dallas". Music for Pleasure is the second album by the punk rock band The Damned. ...

Can't Buy a Thrill
Can't Buy a Thrill
Countdown to Ecstasy
Countdown to Ecstasy
Pretzel Logic
Pretzel Logic

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Can't Buy a Thrill and Countdown to Ecstasy

Their debut album, Can't Buy A Thrill, was released in 1972 and made an immediate impression with the hit singles "Do It Again", the Palmer-sung "Dirty Work" (later covered by Max Merritt), and "Reelin' In The Years." "Do It Again" and "Reelin' In The Years" reached #6 and #11 respectively on the Billboard singles chart. All three tunes soon became staples of FM radio. "Reelin' In The Years" also features an acclaimed guitar solo by Elliott Randall. Cant Buy A Thrill is the first album by Steely Dan. ... Do It Again is a song by American jazz-rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their debut 1972 album Cant Buy A Thrill. ... Max Merritt (born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 30 April 1941 is a New Zealand-born singer, songwriter and musician who is renowed for his prowess as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. He rose to prominence in New Zealand in the late 1950s and early 1960s before... Reelin in the Years is a song performed by the band Steely Dan, released as track six on the 1972 album Cant Buy a Thrill. It was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. ... Elliott Randall (born 1947) is an American guitarist, most known for being a session musician with popular artists. ...


Because of Fagen's reluctance to sing live, David Palmer handled most of the vocal duties on stage. During the first tour, it became apparent to Katz and Becker that Palmer's interpretation of the material wasn't having the same impact, and eventually convinced Fagen that he was the one who best conveyed the attitude and meaning of the songs. Palmer quietly left the group during the recording of the second album, soon hooking up with Carole King, with whom he wrote the 1974 #2 hit, "Jazzman." Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...


The musical lineup of Can't Buy A Thrill and its follow up, Countdown to Ecstasy, were very band oriented. Denny Dias handled the rhythm guitar as well as the famous electric sitar solo on "Do It Again," and Jeff Baxter handled lead guitar duties. Jim Hodder played drums as well as singing on one track, "Midnight Cruiser." As for Becker and Fagen themselves, Becker played bass and sang some sparse backup vocals while his partner Fagen played all keyboards (piano, electric piano, organ) and sang lead on every track but three.


Countdown to Ecstasy, released in 1973, had nowhere near the same level of commercial success as the first album (probably to the surprise of few, as it was much more jazz/blues oriented than its predecessor). Becker and Fagen blamed this on having to rush-record the album between tour dates and they weren't entirely happy with some of the performances on the record. The album's singles included "Show-Biz Kids" (curiously chosen to release as a hopeful hit) and "My Old School", both considered "classic" Steely Dan by fans and critics alike, but failing to make a significant entry into the charts. "My Old School" (and to a lesser extent, "Bodhisattva") did become a minor FM Rock staple as years passed, however, and remains so to this day. "Bodhisattva" was also notable as the only readily available live recording of Steely Dan for many years (as the B-side of the 1980 single "Hey Nineteen"). Originally released in 1973, Countdown To Ecstasy was the second album released by rock group Steely Dan. ... My Old School is a song by Steely Dan from their 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. ...


Pretzel Logic and Katy Lied

Steely Dan returned to prominence with their third LP Pretzel Logic in early 1974, a diverse set that produced another hit single, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", a US Top Ten hit (#4 on the Billboard chart) which became yet another enduring FM rock radio staple. It is also notable as the only Steely Dan album to contain a song by another composer—their cover of Duke Ellington's "East St Louis Toodle-oo". This song also holds other importance as the only instrumental ever done by Steely Dan, the only Steely Dan song to feature a banjo, and the only song on which Donald Fagen is credited with playing the saxophone (he also plays the piano solo). Album cuts "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" and the title track would go on to be fan favorites. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the American Jazz composer and performer. ...


During the tour for the previous album, the band had added Sonny & Cher's young session drummer Jeff Porcaro (later a member of Toto) and also added singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald for back-up vocals. Both would become prominent on this and future Steely Dan recordings and would illustrate the duo's increasing reliance on session musicians. This album marks the first time Walter Becker would play guitar (6 string electric guitar) on a Steely Dan album. Sonny & Cher were an American rock & roll duo, made up of husband and wife team Sonny Bono and Cher in the 1960s and 1970s. ... 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. ... Toto (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1976[1] by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. ... A different person also named Michael McDonald is a co-founder of ATO Records. ...


A rift between Becker-Fagen and the other members of the group (particularly Baxter and Hodder) began to develop when the latter two seemed more intent on touring. Becker and Fagen disliked touring and wanted to withdraw from the road to concentrate solely on writing and recording. The other members also felt discouraged by their diminishing roles in the studio and gradually left the group, although Dias stayed on for some Aja tracks and McDonald continued to contribute vocals up to the 1980 Gaucho set (where he figured on "Time Out of Mind"). Baxter left to join The Doobie Brothers, where he was later joined by McDonald. Gaucho was Steely Dans last album before the bands 10-year breakup from June 1981 to October 1991. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

The cover of Steely Dan's Aja album
The cover of Steely Dan's Aja album

The 1975 LP Katy Lied saw the duo using a diverse group of session players, including Porcaro and McDonald, as well as guitarist Elliott Randall, famed jazz saxophonist Phil Woods, equally renowned saxophonist-cum-bass guitarist Wilton Felder, percussionist-vibraphonist Victor Feldman, keyboardist (and later producer) Michael Omartian and guitarist Larry Carlton, with only Dias remaining from the original group. The album went gold on the strength of the songs "Black Friday" and "Bad Sneakers", but Becker and Fagen were so dissatisfied with the sound of the album (caused by a faulty DBX noise reduction system) that they publicly apologized for it, and for years refused to even listen to it in its final form.[5] Often considered a "transitional album," it also included such gems as "Dr Wu" (which also got minor but loyal FM airplay for many years) and "Chain Lightning." Cover of the Steely Dan album Aja. ... Cover of the Steely Dan album Aja. ... Originally released in March 1975, Katy Lied was the fourth album to be released by rock group Steely Dan. ... Elliott Randall (born 1947) is an American guitarist, most known for being a session musician with popular artists. ... Phil Woods Philip Wells Woods (born November 2, 1931) is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer. ... Wilton Felder(born on August 31, 1940 in Houston, Texas) is a saxophone and bass player best known as a founder of The Crusaders, initially called the Jazz Crusaders. ... Victor Stanley Feldman (April 7, 1934 in Edgware, Middlesex – May 12, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, USA) was a British jazz musician. ... Michael Omartian (born November 26, 1945 in Evanston, Illinois) is a songwriter and a Grammy Award-winning American keyboardist and music producer. ... 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. ...


The Royal Scam and Aja

The Royal Scam was released in May 1976 on ABC Records and is considered the group's most guitar-oriented record, in part due to Carlton's contributions, and it also features legendary session drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. Like Katy Lied, it sold well without the strength of a real hit single, although "Kid Charlemagne" and "The Fez" (in which keyboardist Paul Griffin earned a rare co-writing credit) would become two fan favorites. Also popular in Dan circles as well as at modern Steely Dan shows are the hard rocking "Don't Take Me Alive", the shuffling "Sign in Stranger", and the ethereal "Caves of Altamira." "Haitian Divorce" became a surprise minor hit in the UK. By this time, Becker and Fagen had dropped their musical responsibilities in favor of talented session players. Aside from a few keyboard parts from Fagen and the occasional bass or guitar track from Becker, the duo mainly focused on songwriting and producing from this album through Gaucho. The Royal Scam is an album by jazz rock group Steely Dan, originally released in 1976. ... Bernard Pretty Purdie (born June 11, 1939) is an American drummer and session musician from Elkton, Maryland. ... The cover of the Kid Charlemagne single features Fagen (top) and Becker (bottom) Kid Charlemagne is a song by the rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1976 album The Royal Scam. ...


Their sixth LP, the jazz-oriented Aja, saw Becker and Fagen using the services of top-notch jazz, jazz-rock and soul musicians including Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Wayne Shorter and Chuck Rainey. Aja won several awards, shot into the Top Five in the U.S. charts within three weeks of release, and was one of the first American LPs to be certified 'platinum' for sales of over 1 million albums.[6][7] The first single off the album was "Peg," which featured Michael McDonald's prominent backing vocals and peaked at US #11. Other singles included "Deacon Blues" (#19) and "Josie" (#26). The album cemented the duo's reputation as songwriters, as well as their legendary reputation for studio perfectionism. The story of the making of the album has been documented in an episode of the popular TV and DVD series, Classic Albums. The album features such jazz and fusion luminaries as saxophonists Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb and Tom Scott, drummer Steve Gadd and ex-Cannonball Adderley pianist/vibist Victor Feldman. It also featured Becker's trademark clean, jazzy guitar leads as a prominent solo voice where they had only appeared sporadically in prior releases. Aja (pronounced the same as Asia) is an album by the rock band Steely Dan. ... 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. ... Lee Mack Captain Fingers Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is a prominent session musician, and recording artist. ... Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Deacon Blues is a song by Steely Dan recorded for their 1978 album, Aja. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist. ... Pete Christlieb (b. ... There are different people named Tom Scott: Tom Scott, Scottish poet. ... 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... Julian Edwin Cannonball Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975), originally from Tampa, Florida, was a jazz alto saxophonist of the small combo era of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Victor Stanley Feldman (April 7, 1934 in Edgware, Middlesex – May 12, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, USA) was a British jazz musician. ...


Soon after the success of Aja, Becker and Fagen were asked to contribute the title track for the movie FM. The movie was one of the year's worst box-office disasters but the song was another hit, barely missing out on the Top 20 in the US and was another minor hit in the UK. The group still performs it today.[8] FM was a 1978 movie directed by John A. Alonzo, and starring Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras and others. ...


Gaucho and breakup

Becker and Fagen took most of 1978 off before beginning to write songs for the follow-up to Aja. The project would become plagued by technical, legal, and personal problems and ultimately cost them their partnership for many years.


In March 1979, ABC was bought by MCA, and for most of the next two years they were caught in contractual problems that prevented them from releasing the album. Becker and Fagen had planned on leaving ABC for Warner Brothers and wanted to release the next album on it, but MCA claimed ownership of the material and blocked Fagen and Becker from putting it out on any other label. The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ...


The first track completed for the album was "The Second Arrangement". It was one that Becker and Fagen were very proud of. But one night, Nichols was horrified to discover that all but a small fraction of the song had been accidentally erased by an assistant engineer. Nichols quickly tried to find Katz and eventually found him eating dinner at a restaurant. It was Nichols who also broke the bad news to the band. When Fagen was notified, he simply walked out of the studio without saying a word. Attempting to re-record it proved to be too discouraging, so they abandoned the song.


Becker was also having personal difficulties. His girlfriend at the time, Karen Stanley, was found dead of a drug overdose in their shared Upper West Side Apartment. Becker was hit with a $17 million wrongful death suit, later settled out of court in his favor, but he was hurt by the accusations and the tabloid press coverage that followed. He also had his own substance abuse problems to deal with. Not long after, Becker was hit by a taxi while attempting to cross a Manhattan street, shattering his right leg in several places and forcing him to go about on crutches. His sense of humor was evident in his statement to Rolling Stone magazine that he and the taxi had occupied the same space at the same time.


Another lawsuit dogged the band, this time regarding the title track for the album. Jazz composer Keith Jarrett claimed that the song had been based on one of his own compositions, entitled "Long As You Know You're Living Yours". Fagen later admitted he'd loved the song and was strongly influenced by it.[9] Jarrett sued for copyright infringement and eventually won a co-writing credit as well as royalties on future pressings. For other persons named Keith Jarrett, see Keith Jarrett (disambiguation). ...


Gaucho was finally released in November 1980 and, despite the problems that had gone into recording the album, it was another major success. The first single, "Hey Nineteen", peaked at #10 on the pop chart in early 1981, and "Time Out of Mind" (featuring Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler on guitar) became a moderate hit in the spring. The album subsequently received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Gaucho was Steely Dans last album before the bands 10-year breakup from June 1981 to October 1991. ... 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. ...

Fagen's "The Nightfly"
Fagen's "The Nightfly"

Cover for the album The Nightfly by Donald Fagen This is an album cover. ... Cover for the album The Nightfly by Donald Fagen This is an album cover. ...

Time off

Becker and Fagen announced the temporary suspension of their partnership in June 1981. Becker subsequently moved to the Hawaiian island of Maui with his family. The two tried writing together again in the mid-1980s but were unhappy with the results. For other uses, see Maui (disambiguation). ...


In 1982 Fagen released his groundbreaking solo album The Nightfly, which was favorably compared to his Steely Dan work although it failed to match the wide audience appeal of the two previous Dan albums. It included "Ruby Baby", only the second song in the Steely Dan oeuvre that was not written by Becker and/or Fagen. The Nightfly is the first solo album by Steely Dan member Donald Fagen, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ...


Fagen then did no music writing or recording for several years. He occasionally did production work for other artists, as did Becker; one notable credit was British group China Crisis, who were strongly influenced by Steely Dan. China Crisis is an British rock group formed in 1979 in Kirkby on Merseyside, with a core band of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. ...


Reunion

Many fans believe that Fagen and Becker took the first steps toward reconciliation in 1986, when Gary Katz oversaw the production of Zazu, an album by the former model Rosie Vela. Both Becker and Fagen are featured on that album, and it is believed to be the first time they performed together since the breakup.


On October 25, 1991, Becker attended a concert of the New York Rock and Soul Revue, co-founded by Fagen and producer/singer Libby Titus (who was for many years the partner of Levon Helm of The Band and would later become Fagen's wife). The New York Rock and Soul Revue was a musical project which evolved from a series of concerts produced by Libby Titus (future wife of Donald Fagen) that lasted from 1989-1993. ... Libby Titus (born Libby Jurist on July 6, 1947 in Woodstock NY) is a singer, songwriter and concert producer. ... Mark Lavon Helm (born May 26, 1940), better know as Levon Helm, is an American rock musician most famous as the drummer for the rock group The Band. ... For other uses, see Band. ...


1993 saw Becker's production of Fagen's second solo album Kamakiriad. Fagen later nominated it as the most satisfying recording experience of his career. Returning the favour, Fagen co-produced Becker's solo album 11 Tracks of Whack in 1994. See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... Kamakiriad is the second solo album by former Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... 11 Tracks of Whack is the first solo album by Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ...


During the same year, MCA released Citizen Steely Dan, a boxed set featuring their entire catalog on 4 CDs, plus 4 extra tracks: "Here at the Western World" (originally released on 1978's "Greatest Hits"), "FM" (1978 single), a 1971 demo of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" and "Bodhisattva (live)", the latter recorded on a cassette in 1974 and released as a B-side in 1980. Citizen Steely Dan is a four-CD boxed set by Steely Dan, released in 1993. ...


Alive in America (1993-1994)

These events finally led to a reformation, and the mounting of a U.S. tour in 1993 to support Fagen's album (which sold poorly, even though the concerts were extremely well-reviewed). With Becker now mainly playing lead and rhythm guitar, they put together a band that included an additional keyboard player and lead guitarist, a bassist, three female backing singers, and a four-piece horn section. During this tour, Fagen introduced himself as "Rick Strauss" and Becker as "Frank Poulenc". They toured to great acclaim during 1993-96, performing mainly songs from the later Steely Dan albums plus a selection of re-arranged Dan classics, and they released a live CD compiled from recordings of several 1993 and 1994 concerts, Alive in America in 1995. This article is about the German composer of tone-poems and operas. ... Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (IPA: ) (January 7, 1899 - January 30, 1963) was a French composer and a member of the French group Les Six. ... Alive in America is a live album by rock group Steely Dan, released in 1995. ...

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go

Album Cover for Steely Dans Two Against Nature This is an album cover. ... Album Cover for Steely Dans Two Against Nature This is an album cover. ... Album Cover for Steely Dans Everything Must Go This is an album cover. ... Album Cover for Steely Dans Everything Must Go This is an album cover. ...

Two Against Nature (2000)

In 2000, they released their first studio album in twenty years, Two Against Nature. It was not only a return to form but proved to be one of the surprise successes of the year, and in February 2001, it earned them four Grammy Awards. They won in the categories for Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal ("Cousin Dupree"), and Album of the Year. Their win for Album of the Year came as a shock as they defeated Eminem and his highly controversial album The Marshall Mathers LP. In March 2001, Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[10][11] In the summer of 2000, they took to the road for another US tour followed by an international tour later that year. A DVD was also released under the same title, which is essentially a live-in-the-studio concert performance of popular tunes from throughout Steely Dan's career. Two Against Nature is an album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Alternate covers Alternate cover Limited Edition cover Singles from The Marshall Mathers LP Released: 2000 Released: May 16, 2000 Released: October 17, 2000 Released: January 9, 2001 Released: 2001 The Marshall Mathers LP is the second studio album from American rapper Eminem, released in 2000. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


Everything Must Go (2003)

In 2003 Steely Dan released another album, Everything Must Go, and toured America thereafter. Becker and Fagen went for a looser approach in the studio and attempted to capture a more live feel. Walter Becker contributed his first lead vocal on a Steely Dan studio album on the song "Slang of Ages" (he had sung lead on his own "Book of Liars," on Alive in America). Also, it is the first Steely Dan album since 1973 to feature the same drummer (Keith Carlock) on every track. Jim Hodder was the sole drummer on 1972's Can't Buy a Thrill and 1973's Countdown to Ecstasy. This album also showed a return to form for Becker and Fagen's playing. Becker plays bass and lead guitar on every track while Fagen adds piano, electric piano, organ, synthesizers, and percussion on top of his vocals. Everything Must Go is an album by Steely Dan. ... Jim Hodder may refer to: Jim Hodder, politician from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Jim Hodder, American drummer This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Long-serving Dan saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus (who previously played with The Doobie Brothers and Moby Grape) died of a heart attack in February 2004. Mindy Jostyn, another frequent musician who played with Fagen and The New York Rock and Soul Revue, died in March 2005. Cornelius Bumpus (1946 - February 3, 2004) was a woodwind and keyboard player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Moby Grape was an American roots rock and psychedelic rock group of the 1960s that was known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting and that collectively merged elements of jazz, country, and blues together with rock. ...


Steelyard "Sugartooth" McDan and The Fab-Originees.com Tour (2006)

The band embarked on a 33-date tour in the summer of 2006, a tour that followed Donald Fagen's tour in spring of 2006 in support of his first solo album in 13 years, Morph the Cat.[12] Also featured on the bill was former collaborator Michael McDonald and his band. The name of the tour is an homage to the fictional "inventor of the blues" presumably created by Becker and Fagen.[13] The website, Fab-Originees.com, was simply a mirror of SteelyDan.com. Morph the Cat is a 2006 album by Donald Fagen, his first since 1993. ... A different person also named Michael McDonald is a co-founder of ATO Records. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Heavy Rollers Tour (2007)

The band's Heavy Rollers Tour began May 5, 2007, at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN. The tour will include North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, making it both the largest and most exhaustive Steely Dan tour ever. The words "Heavy rollers" are featured in the lyrics of the Gaucho title track ("We've got heavy rollers, I think you should know") [1]


Musical and lyrical style

Steely Dan's enigmatic, sardonically humorous and topical lyrics add to the appeal of the songs. Although Becker and Fagen might have at first owed a certain lyrical debt to Bob Dylan, they rapidly developed a distinctive style and have since become one of the most accomplished and respected songwriting teams of their age. This article is about the recording artist. ...


Music

Overall sound

Special attention was given to the individual sound of each instrument. The recording was done with the utmost fidelity and attention to sonic detail, and mixed so that all the instruments are heard and none are given undue priority (a deft and accomplished use of the multi-tracking process). For example, in the song "Parker's Band", two drum kits are used (a technique which was standard in the Big Band era[citation needed]), which gives the song an unexpected drive, without overpowering the sound; it is not even immediately apparent that there are two drum kits on the track. Their albums are also notable for the characteristically 'warm' and 'dry' production sound, and the sparing use of echo and reverberation — effects which were often heavily over-used on other rock recordings of this period. Long known as perfectionists, they often recorded take after take before selecting the player or performance that made the final cut on their albums.[14] Multitrack recording (multitracking or just tracking for short) is a method of sound recording that allows for the separate recording of multiple sound sources to create a cohesive whole. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... In audio signal processing and acoustics, an echo (plural echoes) is a reflection of sound, arriving at the listener some time after the direct sound. ... This article is about audio effect. ...


Backing vocals

Becker and Fagen favor a distinctly soul-influenced style of backing vocal, which after the first few albums were almost always performed by a female chorus (although Michael McDonald features prominently on several tracks, including the 1975 song "Black Friday" and the 1977 song "Peg"). Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews and Clydie King were the preferred trio for backing vocals on the group's late 70's albums.[15] A different person also named Michael McDonald is a co-founder of ATO Records. ... Peg is a song by rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1977 album Aja. ... Vanetta Field was originally a back up singer for R&B legend Ike Turner. ... Sherlie Matthews (born 1934) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known as a backing vocalist for Pop, R&B and Rock groups from the mid 1960s to the present time. ... Clydie King is an American singer best known for her session work as a backing vocalist. ...


Horns

Horn arrangements have been used on songs from all Steely Dan albums. They are usually jazz-oriented, and typically feature instruments such as trumpets, trombones and saxophones, although they have also used other instruments such as flutes and clarinets. The horn parts occasionally integrate simple synth lines to alter the tone quality of individual horn lines, for example in "Deacon Blues" this was done to "thicken" one of the saxophone lines. On the earlier albums Steely Dan featured guest arrangers. However, from Kamakiriad and on the arrangement work is credited to Fagen.


Use of unusual harmonies and chord sequences

Steely Dan are famous for their use of chord sequences and harmonies that explore the area of musical tension between traditional pop music sounds and jazz. To conventional rock listeners, this sometimes seemed to be avant-garde music. In particular, they are known for their use of the mu major chord,[16][17] often simply known to rock musicians as the "Steely Dan chord". Other staples of the Steely Dan "Chord Dictionary" include so-called slash chords, for example B♭/C or E/A. Slash chords formed from a bass note and a major chord based on a note a perfect fifth above the bass note, such as E/A, were commonly used, often as alternatives to the closely-related major 7th and major 9th chords (E/A can also be written as Amaj9(no 3rd)). A chord progression, as its name implies, is a series of chords played in an order. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... A mu major chord is a somewhat unconventional name for an add 2 or add 9 chord (not the same as sus2). ... In popular music a slash chord or slashed chord is a chord whose bass note or inversion is indicated by the addition of a slash and the letter of the bass after the root note letter. ...


Lyrics

Lyrically, their songs cover a wide range of topics, but in their basic approach Becker and Fagen's writing can be compared with the observational, novelesque style of Lou Reed, and with lyricists such as Langston Hughes, who specializes in creating fictional personas that narrate the experience. The duo have said that in retrospect, most of their albums have a 'feel' of either Los Angeles or New York, the two main bases where Becker and Fagen lived and operated (see below). Characters appear in their songs that evoke these cities. Themes of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll appear, but never in a straightforward manner, neither encouraging or discouraging, and many (if not all) of their songs are tinged with an ironic edge.[18] Lou Reed, born Lewis Allen Reed[1] March 2, 1942, is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. ... Persona literally means mask , although it does not usually refer to a literal mask but to the social masks all humans supposedly wear. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the state. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Additionally, many would argue that Steely Dan never wrote a real love song.[19] However, some of the demo-era recordings show Fagen and Becker at their most romantic. Such songs include "This Seat's Been Taken", "Oh, Wow, It's You", "Come Back Baby", and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number". Some lyrics are notable for their unusual scansion patterns; a prime example of this is their 1972 hit "Reelin' In The Years", which crams an unusually large number of words into each line, giving it a highly syncopated quality. Other themes are also present, such as prejudice, aging, failure, poverty and middle-class ennui, but these are typically seen from an ironic and detached perspective. Many of their songs concern love, but none can be classed as straightforward love songs, since there is inevitably an ironic or disturbing twist in the lyrics. One may think the song is about love on first inspection, however, upon deeper analysis the listener realizes that the real story is about rape, prostitution, incest, or some other socially unacceptable subject. Meter (British English spelling: metre) describes the linguistic sound patterns of a verse. ... Reelin in the Years is a song performed by the band Steely Dan, released as track six on the 1972 album Cant Buy a Thrill. It was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. ...


Steely Dan's lyrics contain subtle/coded references, unusual (and sometimes original) slang expressions, a wide variety of "word games" and intriguing lyrical choices and constructions of considerable depth. The obscure and sometimes teasing lyrics have given rise to considerable efforts by fans to explain the "inner meaning" of certain songs.[20][21] Jazz is a recurring theme, with references abounding in their songs, and there are numerous other film, television and literary references and allusions, such as "Home At Last" (from Aja), which was inspired by The Odyssey. Odysseus and Nausicaä - by Charles Gleyre For other uses, see Odyssey (disambiguation). ...


"Name-checking" is another Steely Dan lyrical device; references to real places and people abound in their songs. The song "My Old School" is a well-known example, referring to Annandale (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY is the location of Bard College, which both attended and where they met), and the Two Against Nature album (2000) contains numerous references to the duo's original home region, the New York metro area, including the district of Gramercy Park bookstore The Strand and well-known upmarket food business Dean & DeLuca. Annandale-on-Hudson is a hamlet in Dutchess County, New York, USA, in the Hudson Valley in the Town of Red Hook, across the Hudson River from Kingston. ... For other meanings of the word Bard, see Bard (disambiguation). ... Gramercy Park (sometimes misspelled as Grammercy) is a small, fenced-in private park in the Gramercy neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan, accessible only to residents of certain townhouses in the area who have keys to the park. ... Dean & DeLuca is a chain of upscale grocery stores. ...


Discography

The discography for the American jazz rock band Steely Dan. ... Cant Buy A Thrill is the first album by Steely Dan. ... Originally released in 1973, Countdown To Ecstasy was the second album released by rock group Steely Dan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Originally released in March 1975, Katy Lied was the fourth album to be released by rock group Steely Dan. ... The Royal Scam is an album by jazz rock group Steely Dan, originally released in 1976. ... Aja (pronounced the same as Asia) is an album by the rock band Steely Dan. ... Gaucho was Steely Dans last album before the bands 10-year breakup from June 1981 to October 1991. ... Two Against Nature is an album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. ... Everything Must Go is an album by Steely Dan. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Steely Dan, My Old School, Countdown to Ecstasy (album), 1973. Retrieved on January 17, 2007
  2. ^ Walter Becker, For a Change, SteelyDan.com, January 19, 2000. Retrieved on January 17, 2007
  3. ^ The Return of Steely Dan. Mojo Magazine (October 1995). Retrieved on 2006-12-15.
  4. ^ Official Steely Dan FAQ. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  5. ^ Denny Dias, Katy and The Gremlin, SteelyDan.com. Retrieved on January 18, 2007
  6. ^ The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved on 2006-12-21. “145. Aja, Steely Dan”
  7. ^ Grammy Award Winners. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  8. ^ Barrett, Richard L. (2006-07-19). Steely Dan Opens Up The Vault On Their Latest Tour. News Blaze. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  9. ^ Breskin, David (c. 1980). Steely Dan (Interview). Musician Magazine. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  10. ^ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
  11. ^ Countdown to Infamy. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
  12. ^ Steely Dan Announce Summer U.S. Tour with Michael McDonald. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
  13. ^ Steelyard "Sugartooth" McDan. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
  14. ^ Steely Dan 'Everything Must Go'. MIX Magazine (2003-08-01). Retrieved on 2006-12-15.
  15. ^ Steely Dan Session Players, Under the Banyan Trees with Steely Dan (archives). Retrieved on January 18, 2007
  16. ^ Intro to the Steely Dan Song Book. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  17. ^ Explanation of the Steely Dan Mu Major Chord. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
  18. ^ Reed, Bobby (2003-10-08). Steely Dan goes back in time to 1979. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  19. ^ Rolls, Chris (2006-03-02). Interview with Donald Fagen. MP3.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  20. ^ The Steely Dan Dictionary. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.
  21. ^ "Fever Dreams" - Steely Dan lyric interpretations / shared delusions

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