Monday 7/18/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic (1974)

Pretzel Logic is the third studio album by American rock band Steely Dan, released on February 20, 1974, by ABC Records. It was written by principal band members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and recorded at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles with producer Gary Katz. It was the final album to feature the full quintet lineup of Becker, Fagen, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder, and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (who left to join The Doobie Brothers) and also featured significant contributions from many prominent Los Angeles-based studio musicians and the last to be made and released while Steely Dan was still an active touring band.

The album was a commercial and critical success. Its hit single “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” helped restore Steely Dan’s radio presence after the disappointing performance of their 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. Pretzel Logic was reissued on CD in 1987 and remastered in 1999 to retrospective critical acclaim.

  1. “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” 4:32
  2. “Night by Night” 3:40
  3. “Any Major Dude Will Tell You” 3:05
  4. “Barrytown” 3:17
  5. “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” 2:45
  6. “Parker’s Band” 2:36
  7. “Through with Buzz” 1:30
  8. “Pretzel Logic” 4:32
  9. “With a Gun” 2:15
  10. “Charlie Freak” 2:41
  11. “Monkey in Your Soul” 2:31

Donald Fagen – keyboards, saxophone, lead vocals, background vocals
Walter Becker – bass, guitar, background vocals
Jeff Baxter – lead guitar (wah-wah on “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo”), pedal steel guitar
Denny Dias – guitar
Jim Hodder – backing vocals on “Parker’s Band”
Michael Omartian – piano, keyboards
David Paich – piano, keyboards
Ben Benay – guitar
Dean Parks – guitar, banjo
Plas Johnson – saxophone
Jerome Richardson – saxophone
Ernie Watts – saxophone
Ollie Mitchell – trumpet
Lew McCreary – trombone
Timothy B. Schmit – background vocals on “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, “Barrytown” and “Pretzel Logic”
Wilton Felder – bass
Chuck Rainey – bass
Jim Gordon – drums on all tracks except “Night by Night”
Jeff Porcaro – drums on “Night by Night”, additional drums on “Parker’s Band”
Victor Feldman – percussion
Roger Nichols – gong on “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo”