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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc: 1

1. Do It Again - 5:54
2. Dirty Work - 3:08
3. Kings - 3:45
4. Midnite Cruiser - 4:06
5. Only a Fool Would Say That - 2:55
6. Reelin' In the Years - 4:36
7. Fire in the Hole - 3:26
8. Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me) - 4:19
9. Change of the Guard - 3:38
10. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again - 4:58
11. Bodhisattva - 5:17
12. Razor Boy - 3:10
13. The Boston Rag - 3:10
14. Your Gold Teeth - 6:59
15. Show Biz Kids - 5:23
16. My Old School - 5:45

Disc: 2

1. King of the World - 5:00
2. Pearl of the Quarter - 3:49
3. Rikki Don't Lose That Number - 4:07
4. Night by Night - 3:38
5. Any Major Dude Will Tell You - 3:08
6. Barrytown - 3:19
7. East St. Louis Toodle-Do (Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley) - 2:48
8. Parker's Band - 2:43
9. Through with Buzz - 1:32
10. Pretzel Logic - 4:31
11. With a Gun - 2:17
12. Charlie Freak - 2:43
13. Monkey in Your Soul - 2:34
14. Bodhisattva (Live) - 7:41
15. Black Friday - 3:40
16. Bad Sneakers - 3:19
17. Rose Darling - 3:03
18. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More - 3:13
19. Doctor Wu - 3:54
20. Everyone's Gone to the Movies - 3:44
21. Chain Lightning - 2:59

Disc: 3

1. Your Gold Teeth II - 4:12
2. Any World (That I'm Welcome To) - 3:53
3. Throw Back the Little Ones - 3:13
4. Kid Charlemagne - 4:37
5. The Caves of Altamira - 3:32
6. Don't Take Me Alive - 4:14
7. Sign in Stranger - 4:21
8. The Fez (Becker, Fagen, Paul Griffin) - 3:58
9. Green Earrings - 4:05
10. Haitian Divorce - 5:48
11. Everything You Did - 3:54
12. The Royal Scam - 6:31
13. Here at the Western World - 4:00
14. Black Cow - 5:08
15. Aja - 7:56
16. Peg - 3:55

Disc: 4

1. Deacon Blues - 7:33
2. Home at Last - 5:32
3. I Got the News - 5:04
4. Josie - 4:31
5. FM - 5:05
6. Babylon Sisters - 5:48
7. Hey Nineteen - 5:07
8. Glamour Profession - 7:28
9. Gaucho (Becker, Fagen, Keith Jarrett) - 5:30
10. Time out of Mind - 4:11
11. My Rival - 4:30
12. Third World Man - 5:14
13. Everyone's Gone to the Movies (Demo) - 3:57

Line-up / Musicians

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Releases information

1993 MCA

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STEELY DAN Citizen Steely Dan ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars Kind of hard to see these guy's output from 1972-1980 as distinct albums for me. Although they were well regarded amongst my fellow prog fans in the late '70's, the music didn't really click with me. Then in 1993 (hungry for fresh prog meat) I treated myself to this box set. Pretty much all of phase I of SD crammed into four CDs.

I finally "got it" although it means I can never appreciate or review the albums on an individual basis. Frankly there's no bad music in this collection. It's a mixture of just simply great music with many progressive moments. I think I was originally biased against them due to their commercial success. Now I am totally accepting of their progworthiness. King Of The World is my favorite, but they all have their "charm". It's the only one with an apocalyptic theme. Most of the rest is just about everyday life, even if some of it isn't applicable to most of us. What really hooked me on Steely Dan was just the sheer quality of the musicianship and the well done genre traveling and transcendence of the music. There's got to be something in there for just about anyone.

One experience helped to endear the music to me to me. I had just had this box set for a short while when I went on a company field trip to survey public housing units in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and took it along for the ride. Had my first visit to strip club (it's a military town, though the show was rather tame). Lots of risqué themes in the songs shall we say.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars This is 70s band that I had never paid any attention to because I thought the band did not deliver something rockin' until in 2002. I was at local CD store famous to classic rock / progressive rock collectors in my country. I saw this boxed set and was not interested to buy, actually. But when my next visits to that store rpeat many times and I found no new prog or classic rock CDs that interested me at that store, I then looked at this Steely Dan's boxed set. I was surprised looking at the printed price Rp. 125.000,- (USD 14) I thought it was mispriced but the store keeper (after phoning the head office) told me that the printed price was correct. What? Typically, compilation boxed set with four CDs would cost around four times of that printed price. So I called up my colleague to know who Steely Dan was. My colleague told me that Steely Dan was one of major acts of 70s music. So I purchased it , even though I knew nothing about the band.

Well .. at first spin of the first CD, there was nothing that really catchy for my ears. All music flows naturally and nothing really hooked me in melody or composition, it's just easy listening plain music, no challenge at all to listen to the music. I then moved to second CD, almost the same feeling's just an easy listening music with no catchy song. I forced myself to play all four CDs even though I was bored at CD Two, actually .. as the music is just flows to my ears and not really engaging my mind to observe further. I can conclude the music is a blend of pop and rock plus some flavor of jazz ... Do you know El Chicano? Some of the music reminds me to El Chicano. The music of Steely Dan is I think only suitable for relaxing ...not for thos proggers who really take an adventure and challenge with progressive music.

So, I think this compilation serves good for Collectors. It's not a bad compilation at all. I enjoy the booklet telling the history of the band. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars I don't like compilations, and box-sets in particular. It must be really something unique to attract me and convince me buying the old stuff in new clothes. I prefer original albums as produced, played and even visually designed by artists. It was their statement, no matter how imperfect or flawed in technical terms it may have been.

Citizen Steely Dan is a lump sum of all their studio albums from 1972 debut till 1980 Gaucho that marked the end of that period of their work. Even the tracks are sorted chronologically in exact listing as they appeared on original releases but sequences are discontinued between discs, so if you want to listen to Countdown to Ecstasy only, you will have to change from disc 1 to disc 2.

If you are a fan that keeps all original albums in collection you don't need this package unless you are a die-hard completist. Oh, yeah, there are several bonus tracks: Bodhisattva live showing that SD was in fact a real rock band once upon a time, Here at the Western World which already appeared on their first compilation Greatest Hits in 1979 and negligible demo version of Everyone's Gone to the Movies. Nothing crucial to justify the purchase. A friend of mine made a copy for me and I plan to rip them all into mp3 player, divide them into original albums track listings and add cover images. Only in such a way I could listen to it.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars Steely Dan, as much as I like a lot of their music, is one of those bands that make me scratch my head when I find them included here. Sure, they have more jazz influence than most other rock or pop bands out there, but they are way too poppy to be fusion, and the prog moments are few and far between.

There. I got that off of my chest.

For the Steely Dan newbie (are there any?), I guess if you can find this set at a good price, it's worth picking up. It contains everything from the seven original LPs, plus a few B-sides, a live recording of Bodhisattva, a demo version of Everyone's Gone To The Movies, and of course, the track FM, originally released on a movie soundtrack. If you already own all of the albums, there's not much to draw you to this collection.

So, there are some very good songs on this, although by the time they recorded "Aja" and "Gaucho", their sound was becoming formulaic, and often boring. But there are plenty of good tracks.

Review by Roland113
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars When I first came on to the page for Steely Dan, I was shocked at the low rating for this compilation. I couldn't understand how I was seeing ratings of two and three. Luckily, through the power of reading, I understand and can see the reasons behind the lower ratings.

None of that stopped me from giving them a easy five star rating for this one.

I was born in seventy-two, I was three when Gabriel left Genesis, Return to Forever released their last album when I was four and Steely Dan broke up when I was nine. (Yes, I realize that both Return to Forever and Steely Dan reunited at some point, but stick with me, I'm going somewhere here). Most of these artists were bands that I really discovered many years after the initial peak, and a lot of times the discoveries included the words, 'Oh yeah, I remember, my Dad used to have that tape, we'd listen to it in the car'.

As I insinuated earlier, Steely Dan, is one of those bands. I was looking at my Dad's CD case not too long ago and found the compilation. I said, "Hey, what's this?" I was familiar with Steely Dan, but didn't recognize the set. He explained that his record player didn't work anymore and the cassette tapes had long since bit the dust so he got the set of all their earlier songs. I was pretty impressed and borrowed the set. Every song was like going down memory lane for me, I was still familiar with many of the more popular tunes that still get airplay, but some of the deeper ones were so cool to hear again. "Pretzel Logic", "Josie", "Dr. Wu", "Fez", "Don't Take me Alive" and "My Old School" were just fantastic to hear again. The hits are fantastic to me as well, "Peg", "Dirty Work", "FM", "Rikki Don't Loose That Number", "Hey Nineteen", "Deacon Blues" . . . I could go on.

They are fantastic musically, Donald Fagan is one of my favorite piano / keyboard players, and Walter Becker is no slouch either. Their songs are intelligently arranged with catchy melodies and intricate solos.

You won't find a twenty-five minute epic with multiple costume changes, but you will find crafty, and admittedly, poppy songs. I don't know how proggy I would consider them, but the important thing here is that someone else has considered them proggy enough to be included here. I never had the original releases, so for me, the compilation gets full credit rather than a lower mark as simply a reissue of material that I already owned. For me, this is easily a five star set.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This box set, released in 1993 during Steely Dan's original comeback tour, collects every original album track released during the first phase of the group's career (1972-1980), in chronological and album order on 4 CDs/cassettes, plus various non-album rarities scattered throughout. One could almos ... (read more)

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