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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.54 | 210 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 Stars.

Of ourse this isn't prog. This isn't even jazz/rock fusion. This is album rock. Made for FM radio.

Quick--name a band that had 3 alltime pop classics on their debut album

Maybe CCR, The Doors, The Beatles, Otis Redding......Steely Dan.

"Do it Again," "Dirty Work," and "Reelin' in the Years" have made quite a sum in royalties for the Becker/Fagan tandem, and the execs at MCA are fatter too. The other songs meld together perfectly in terms of establishing the debut aesthetic and lay the groundwork for the trademark Dan sound.

So what makes this of interest to progressive music lovers?

According to AMG, "Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut, Can't Buy a Thrill, illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics."

Sound like anything you'd like?

I can't call this a masterpiece of Progressive music, but I think a record like this can bridge the gap for pop listeners and Progressive rock.

Suedevanshoe | 4/5 |


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