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The biggest smash of Steely Dan's career-their #3 album from 1977, featuring three classic hits: Peg; Deacon Blues , and Josie . This jazzy album was also their biggest critical success, and this reissue adds new notes by Fagen and Becker!
Larry Calton,Walter Becker,Denny Dias-guitar
Joe Sample-electric piano....!!
Wayne Shorter-tenor sax......!!!
Donald Fagen,Tim Schmit-background vocals
しかしこの後 Nightfly を作ったフェイゲンはすごいな。
The sound quality is superb and historically has often been used in hi-fi shops to demonstrate speakers. It is that good.
1. Black Cow
3. Deacon Blues
5. Home At Last
6. I Got The News
The album kicks off with the melodic, laid-back saxophone-driven jazzy feel of "Black Cow". Great stuff. Up next is the beguiling, intoxicating syncopations of the title track, featuring that classic Steely Dan voice, some wonderful bass and keyboards and just a delicious, slow rhythmic hook. Just check out that bass, drums and cymbals interplay near the end. This album was released in 1977, at the height of punk. It was the very anathema to punk's crashing fury. Somehow though, it escaped opprobrium, and was respected by everyone, even the punks. It had always been that way for Steely Dan. The lyrics on here are still obtuse and mystifying, but it merges with the music so easily and the whole thing is delivered so effortlessly. It is lush, textured, subtle in places, virtuoso solos cropping up too. In many ways it is a very complex album, musically, but the group make it sound so damn easy. It just washes over you like a warm bath.
"Deacon Blues" gave its name to the eighties and beyond Scottish band. It is another laid-back groove, with an eminently identifiable Dan vocal from Donald Fagen and a delicious hooky refrain. The lyrics are typically unfathomable. Superb saxophone near the end too. "Peg" is catchy and melodious, while "Home At Last" has a muscular funkiness to its rhythm. An even funkier bass line drives "I Got The News" along, effortlessly. It is probably the most jazzy on the album, in that improvised piano "modern jazz" style. "Josie" is a classic slice of Dan funk/rock, full of wonderful instrumentation and cute hooks. This really is a perfect album in so many ways. Highly recommended.
P.S. Just playing the vinyl...pristine quality. I don't remember it ever sounding quite so remarkable. I used to have a 31" waist in 1977. I might have ballooned a bit in the intervening decades (hmmmph!), but this sounds as tight, fresh, bouncy and beautiful as ever.
I have not set out to write reviews of the music content as “beauty is in the ears of the listener”. These reviews are about the quality (or not) of the recorded sound. To read about how the reviews are done please see my profile.
• Clarity – very clear, good definition, no muddiness
• Channel separation – excellent good use of left, right and centre
• Channel balance – Excellent, instruments clearly placed and identifiable on left, right or centre. The channel balance is stable and not used as a gimmick.
• Sound Stage – the sparse instrumentation on some tracks leaves nowhere to hide. The sound stage is simple but broad, clear and elegant
• Distortion – non audible
• Compression – non audible
• Atmosphere – there is a reasonable frequency range but despite the excellence of the recording it is not the most atmospheric with little feeling of “presence”
• Bass – low frequencies – bass guitars and drums are tight and well defined but the bass drum is a little “soft and soggy”
• Treble – high frequencies – on the whole very good, the stand out instrument is the piano on AJA which is superb
• Vocals – excellent, clear and well defined
As a general rule of thumb recordings from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s are nearly always better on the original vinyl. Remasters often fail to please as it’s just not possible to make a silk purse from a sows ear, i.e. the original recording lacks the necessary detail to be processed digitally and show an audible improvement. Indeed such processing can make the sound worse.
Modern recordings which have been processed digitally from start to finish can be as good as vinyl. CD’s are often unfairly criticised for being poor quality. This is not the case, it is the original recording or the process which is to blame. Modern “remasters” can both enhance and degrade a recording. The statement GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) is the limiting factor. Ignore this at your cost.
To put everything into perspective I'll give you a rundown of my modest equipment set up. Rega Planar 3, RB300 arm with Michell Technoweight, Ortofon Red MM cartridge, Audiolab 8000A amp, VDH The Clearwater cables and MS 208s Speakers.
Even if you already own the album on vinyl, I'm confident that you wouldn't be disappointed with this version - I only wish I could obtain a similar version of 'Gaucho' for a reasonable price.
I'm not sure it deserves to be their highest-selling album; lyrically, all of their previous ones are more interesting (save perhaps 'The Royal Scam', which is also underrated). But it's a great album nonetheless - their last of the decade. Buy!
I must say I'm blown away with the sound on this. I can truly hear bells and whistles I hadn't heard on the standard cd. If you haven't bought AJA (if not why not??) this is the version to get - it's cheap enough too - way to go, enjoy the delights of these guys at the top of their game in their studio bliss.