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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.64 | 107 ratings

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5 stars Now!, Clearly this is not exactly Prog type music; although tagging is a way of keeping off some unwanted material, it also limits or allows bizarre criteria to measure the borders. Steely Dan as such, never cared about sticking to a genre-style " nuisance" . They play what they like and their sources are exactly like their music (from Brubeck, Phil Woods to "priestess" Aretha, and all what comes in between).

So yes!, this is Jazz anyway it goes: Fusion, Alternative, Modern ( choose your favourite tag, they are for free!) ; but letīs set it clearly, Steely Dan sounds like Steely Dan, and this album itself is both, their Waterloo and Wellington.

The pinnacle of stylistic self-evolution, stripped to basics without losing a single drop of inspiration by each and every member of their gigantic recording band.

And of course Waterloo, because as most members in PA, they havenīt been able to come close again to their self-impossed "peak".

Great compositions, and recording session (this record has its own cruent story of horror-like management deals disputes and lost or "stolen" material. The now famous and also highly recommmendable "The Lost Gaucho" which strangely enough has some great songs, which were not repeated in this "original" one).

So relax; this is the kind of music that will take you into musical perfection, without musical pretentions. Moreover, with the always sardonic humoured Fagen pen-writed creatures.

So, if "Canīt buy a Thrill", promised the making of a legendary band, and "AJA" their fans fav, to me Gaucho is perfection, The Dan kind, of course!!

A Masterpiece! Any way you look into this phenomenal production. *****5 PA Stars!

admireArt | 5/5 |


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