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KATY LIED

Steely Dan

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 161 ratings

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Matthew T
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4 stars With a bizzare mention of the recording equipment used on the session on the back cover of Katy Lied, rumour was the two main men of the band were not happy with the finished product. I was and still am today. This may not be the best album from the band but neither is this a poor effort as this album contains the songs Black Friday, Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More,Doctor Wu,Chain Lightning and Bad Sneakers. Not a bad list and there are even some more worth a mention but as the backing band had basically fractured with the departure of all the members bar Denny Dias. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were needing more musicians,. Victor Feldman returns on vibes, Jeff Porcaro who was a session musician on Pretzel Logic gets the main role on drums this time around, Rick Derringer makes an appearance and Phil Woods does a lovely little sax solo as a giant of Jazz will come along and contribute one on Aja the 2nd album to follow.The list is almost endless as it was for the previous album Pretzel Logic but even through all these issues the quality remains.

Released in 1975 on the ABC record label and Black Friday is the tune that leads us in with its gradual build up in volume at the intro and we are off with one great rock tune with Australiana all over it and of course is one of my favourites from the record ( Black Friday was a Huge Bush Fire Disaster in 1939 which unfotunately has been long eclipsed by others ) Bad Sneakers follows on and one great Denny Dias guitar solo is one of the tunes best moments.Rose Darling follows is quite a nice pop/rock combo. Daddy Don't Live In That New York is one great funk tune which is the 4th track but the following song Doctor Wu with Phil Woods providing the sax is a high point from the record which unfortunately does not seem to carry on with side 2 but although there is not a bad one the last two tracks from side 2 do not seem to do it.Chain Lighting would be the best with your Gold Teeth II

A transitional album perhaps but only in band but not the two core members were still writing all the material and following their own path into contempary music history. A great record from a great time.

Jeff Skunk Baxter and Mike McDonald did not land on the scrap heap they joined The Doobie Brothers and sold many a record with them.

Matthew T | 4/5 |

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