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    Posted: October 16 2010 at 17:35

name top musical moments from Steely Dan, certaing elements which makes Steely Dan's music stand out from the mold, what makes them more then just a slick pop/jazz band

what makes them so loved by so many different variation of people,
 
is it the mix of layerd, catchy hook ladden songwriteing or is it the groovy nature of the band, the use of not only random session musicians but people who know how to keap a groove, like Steve Gadd, Chuck Raynee, mister pocket Bernard Purdie
 
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Do It Again is my favorite song by them. 
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Number one, King Of The World, as far as I know.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jazzywoman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2010 at 19:09
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

Number one, King Of The World, as far as I know.
YES!!! Same answer, but the opening track on that same album is equally as memorable, Bodhisattva.  Its pretty rad, with the awesome guitar riff haha.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JROCHA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2010 at 19:14
Steve Gadd drumming on Aja, excellent performance. An also Wayne Shorter fits nice on that track.
Donald Fagans lyrics on Deacon Blues, always loved the lyrics to that.
The opening track Do it Again starts off Cant Buy a Thrill just right, kick ass opener!
They combine jazz,rock,pop and r&b all together to make a great sound that appeals to all fans of music.
 
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The Gadd/Shorter parts off Aja have definitely got to be there. 

The guitar solo on Kid Charlemagne. Also the one on My Old School. As such, their guitar solos are superbly written. 

The keyboard interlude on Fez.

A whole cornucopia of unusual chord progressions, funky grooves, sneery, sardonic vocals, these things sum up Steely Dan, I guess.
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Deacon blues, Home at last, Third world man. All 3 tracks (very differenet one from another) creates a melancholic atmosphere via beautyful melody. That what makes it for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2010 at 06:52
Originally posted by rogerthat

The guitar solo on Kid Charlemagne.
 
Fantastic Larry Carlton solo. I didn't realise how complex their music was until my band started playing this song. Some great chord changes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rogerthat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2010 at 12:55
Originally posted by chopper

Originally posted by rogerthat

The guitar solo on Kid Charlemagne.
 
Fantastic Larry Carlton solo. I didn't realise how complex their music was until my band started playing this song. Some great chord changes.

Yep, SD are all about amazing chord changes. Most of their songs have a 'catch' and yet most of their music is very catchy and accessible, something I particularly like in music.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote XTChuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2010 at 13:48
Most of the Aja album
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The right-from-the-start groove and horn chart on Babylon Sisters.
Talk box on The Royal Scam.
Keyboards on Third World Man.
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Gaucho in it's entirety
 
the last 20 seconds of Negative Girl on Two Against Nature -so darn clever!
 
ah sh1t the entire discography ( need an emoticon for bowing to the masters)
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The beautifully uplifting chord progressions in the chorus of "Dr. Wu"
The bass-line and keyboard adventure that is "Glamor Profession"
The sly sophistication of "What a Shame About Me"
and so many more..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ferush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2010 at 18:57
Reelin' In The Years is simply great; when I'm tired, disappointed, angry and (or) sad I take it as a fail-safe and fun medicine. Clap
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jazzywoman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2010 at 19:24
Originally posted by ferush

Reelin' In The Years is simply great; when I'm tired, disappointed, angry and (or) sad I take it as a fail-safe and fun medicine. Clap
Yeah, i havent heard Reelin' In the Years in ages though...i should probably get my debut album back out..LOL!!
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Boston Rag is another classic :-)
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Royal Scam in its entirety for me, but if i have to chose one thats Caves of Altamira.



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The title track off the Aja ablum followed by the sax solo on FM.

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The guitar solo in Peg makes me smile every time I hear it. Jay Graydon was on fire that day. I'm also a big fan of the drums Steve Gadd laid down for the coda of Aja (especially the moment when he starts in on the ride cymbal just before the fade out). Magical stuff.
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"Babylon Sisters" from Gaucho with it's funky, groovy shuffle and catchy hook and the sing along chorus.
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