Tag: Steely Dan

Thursday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Steely Dan

Steely Dan is an American rock duo founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Blending rock, jazz, latin music, reggae, traditional pop, R&B, blues, and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Throughout their career, the duo recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, and in 1974 retired from live performances to become a studio-only band. Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”.

After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at #82 on their list of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time. Founding member Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, leaving Fagen as the sole official member.

Wednesday 10pm ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Citizen Steely Dan (1993)

Citizen Steely Dan is a four-CD box set compilation album by Steely Dan, released in 1993. The set is a collection of all of Steely Dan’s albums (up to 1980) in chronological order, and also contains a non-album single (“FM (No Static at All)”), a non-album B-side (“Bodhisattva (Live)”), a rare compilation track recorded during the sessions for The Royal Scam but released only on the 1978 Greatest Hits (“Here at the Western World”), and a previously unreleased demo of “Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” (a song from their 1975 album Katy Lied).

The set is not, however, a complete compilation of every track released by Steely Dan up to 1993. Missing are both sides of the band’s 1972 debut single (“Dallas” b/w “Sail the Waterway”), neither of which has ever been re-issued on CD. This is due to the band’s dislike of the songs and refusal to allow them to be reissued.

Until 1998, this was the only place to find the remastered versions of the Steely Dan albums. However, because the albums were split up irregularly among the discs (in some cases with the track order changed), the remastered studio albums were issued in 1998, albeit without bonus tracks.

The first pressing features “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” using the single edit of the song. This version omits the percussive opening for the song. The second pressing of the box set features the version from the album although it was reissued without any information noting the change.

The Original Track order on Aja was the title song, Deacon Blues, and then Peg. Here, it was changed to the title song, Peg, and Deacon Blues.

Glenn Meadows remastered the CD set from the digital masters archived by Donald Fagen, Gary Katz and Roger Nichols in 1982. These digital tapes were prepared because the original analog tapes were in very poor shape. The earliest CD mastering for all the Steely Dan albums in 1985 used these digital tapes but MCA inexplicably used deteriorating analog masters for all later CD pressings until the 1998 remasters. This information was discovered by Nichols in 1991 when he was asked his opinion of the Mobile Fidelity Gold reissues of Aja and Gaucho. Nichols discovered that the “Gaucho CD was even a different speed, about a quarter tone sharper” when compared to the original CD that he was involved in.

The 1993 box set remaster was the first time since the originally issued CDs that the albums used the correct source tape.

1. “Do It Again” Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972) 5:54
2. “Dirty Work” Can’t Buy a Thrill 3:08
3. “Kings” Can’t Buy a Thrill 3:45
4. “Midnite Cruiser” Can’t Buy a Thrill 4:06
5. “Only a Fool Would Say That” Can’t Buy a Thrill 2:55
6. “Reelin’ in the Years” Can’t Buy a Thrill 4:36
7. “Fire in the Hole” Can’t Buy a Thrill 3:26
8. “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)” Can’t Buy a Thrill 4:19
9. “Change of the Guard” Can’t Buy a Thrill 3:38
10. “Turn That Heartbeat Over Again” Can’t Buy a Thrill 4:58
11. “Bodhisattva” Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) 5:17
12. “Razor Boy” Countdown to Ecstasy 3:10
13. “The Boston Rag” Countdown to Ecstasy 3:10
14. “Your Gold Teeth” Countdown to Ecstasy 6:59
15. “Show Biz Kids” Countdown to Ecstasy 5:23
16. “My Old School” Countdown to Ecstasy 5:45

1. “King of the World” Countdown to Ecstasy 5:00
2. “Pearl of the Quarter” Countdown to Ecstasy 3:49
3. “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” Pretzel Logic (1974) 4:07
4. “Night by Night” Pretzel Logic 3:38
5. “Any Major Dude Will Tell You” Pretzel Logic 3:08
6. “Barrytown” Pretzel Logic 3:19
7. “East St. Louis Toodle-oo” Pretzel Logic 2:48
8. “Parker’s Band” Pretzel Logic 2:43
9. “Through with Buzz” Pretzel Logic 1:32
10. “Pretzel Logic” Pretzel Logic 4:31
11. “With a Gun” Pretzel Logic 2:17
12. “Charlie Freak” Pretzel Logic 2:43
13. “Monkey in Your Soul” Pretzel Logic 2:34
14. “Bodhisattva (Live)” non-album B-side (1980) 7:41
15. “Black Friday” Katy Lied (1975) 3:40
16. “Bad Sneakers” Katy Lied 3:19
17. “Rose Darling” Katy Lied 3:03
18. “Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More” Katy Lied 3:13
19. “Doctor Wu” Katy Lied 3:54
20. “Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” Katy Lied 3:44
21. “Chain Lightning” Katy Lied 2:59

1. “Your Gold Teeth II” Katy Lied 4:12
2. “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)” Katy Lied 3:53
3. “Throw Back the Little Ones” Katy Lied 3:13
4. “Kid Charlemagne” The Royal Scam (1976) 4:37
5. “The Caves of Altamira” The Royal Scam 3:32
6. “Don’t Take Me Alive” The Royal Scam 4:14
7. “Sign in Stranger” The Royal Scam 4:21
8. “The Fez” Walter Becker; Donald Fagen; Paul Griffin The Royal Scam 3:58
9. “Green Earrings” The Royal Scam 4:05
10. “Haitian Divorce” The Royal Scam 5:48
11. “Everything You Did” The Royal Scam 3:54
12. “The Royal Scam” The Royal Scam 6:31
13. “Here at the Western World” non-album single, included on Greatest Hits (1978) 4:00
14. “Black Cow” Aja (1977) 5:08
15. “Aja” Aja 8:00
16. “Peg” Aja 3:55

1. “Deacon Blues” Aja 7:33
2. “Home at Last” Aja 5:32
3. “I Got the News” Aja 5:04
4. “Josie” Aja 4:31
5. “FM (No Static at All) (remix)” FM soundtrack (1978) 5:05
6. “Babylon Sisters” Gaucho (1980) 5:48
7. “Hey Nineteen” Gaucho 5:07
8. “Glamour Profession” Gaucho 7:28
9. “Gaucho” Walter Becker; Donald Fagen; Keith Jarrett Gaucho 5:30
10. “Time Out of Mind” Gaucho 4:11
11. “My Rival” Gaucho 4:30
12. “Third World Man” Gaucho 5:14
13. “Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” (Demo)” previously unreleased demo (1975) 3:57

Wednesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week we feature music from George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Poco, Temptations, Carpenters, Billy Preston, Charlie Daniels Band and more . . .

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Toto, Huey Lewis and The News, Steve Perry, Styx, Billy Idol, Stars On 45, Traveling Wilburys, Michael Jackson, George Harrison and many more . . .

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Donna Summer, Spinners, Chicago, Barry Manilow, Marshall Tucker Band and more . . .

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Foreigner, Steely Dan, Clint Holmes, Redbone, Elton John, Selector, Robert Gordon, Freda Payne, Toto, Diana Ross and more . . .

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature:  James Taylor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grass Roots, Elton John, Bill Withers, Steely Dan, Cliff Richard, Narvel Felts, Gary Glitter, David Bowie, Sylvia, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and more . . . 

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Two albums featured this evening.   Santana’s Abraxas and Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy A Thrill.

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. . 

Monday 10pm / Wednesday 12pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

2 classic albums – complete – tonight at 10pm (US East Coast Time) on The LP Lounge – right off the original vinyl, with mixes you can only hear – if you have these LPs (or listen to this show) – Mixed for quadraphonic sound, for people with 4 ears – Santana’s Abraxas and Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy A Thrill…on RadioMaxMusic.com (and the TuneIn app)…

Can’t Buy a Thrill is the debut studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released in November 1972 by ABC Records. It was produced by Gary Katz and written by band members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. The album was recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles.

Abraxas is the second studio album by Latin rock band Santana, released in September 1970.


Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7pm ET

70sTonight we’ll feature Steely Dan, The Four Seasons, Heart, Andrew Gold, Daniel Boone, Leo Sayer, James Taylor, Manfred Mann, Dave Mason, The Who, Bob Welch, Triumph, Jimmy Buffet,  Kiss, Boz Scaggs, Supertramp, and much more. Join us at 7:00 pm!

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7pm ET

70sSounds of the Seventies with Dan Varroney tonight at 7:00 pm featuring the music of  Steely Dan, Elton John, Triumph, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Foghat, and Boz Scaggs, and much more.

Artist Countdown: Michael McDonald Top 35 Hits 6p ET @Mike___McDonald

mikemcdonaldMichael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer and songwriter. McDonald is known for a soulful baritone singing style. He began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan. He became a member of The Doobie Brothers from 1976 to 1982, a period which resulted in several hit songs for the band. He has won five Grammy Awards.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Sweet Freedom
2 What a Fool Believes (w/ Doobie Brothers)
3 Yah Mo B There (w/ James Ingram)
4 On My Own (w/ Patti Labelle)
5 I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)
6 Real Love (w/ Doobie Brothers)
7 Minute by Minute (w/ Doobie Brothers)
8 No Lookin’ Back
9 Takin’ It to the Streets
10 Let Me Go, Love (w/ Nicolette Larson)
11 Ever Changing Times (w/ Aretha Franklin)
12 One Step Closer (w/ Doobie Brothers)
13 I Gotta Try
14 All We Got
15 Take It to Heart
16 Little Darling (I Need You) (w/ Doobie Brothers)
17 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
18 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
19 I Stand for You
20 Enemy Within
21 Tear It Up
22 It Keeps You Runnin’ (w/ Doobie Brothers)
23 Bad Times
24 Lost in the Parade
25 Here to Love You (w/ Doobie Brothers)
26 Among the Missing (w/ Kathy Mattea)
27 Love T.K.O.
28 Our Love (Theme From No Mercy)
29 Hey Girl (w/ Ray Charles)
30 Walk On By
31 Eyes of a Child
32 You Belong To Me
33 Open Your Eyes
34 Nothin’ But A Heartache
35 Love Can Break Your Heart

Artist Countdown: Steely Dan Top 20 Hits 1p ET @RadioMax

Steely DanSteely Dan is an American jazz rock/rock band founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band’s popularity peaked in the late 1970s, and their seven albums over that period of time blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop.[2] Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies.”

Recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, Steely Dan’s music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies. Often sharply sarcastic lyricists, Becker and Fagen have written “cerebral, wry and eccentric” songs about drugs, love affairs,and crime. The pair are known for their near-obsessive perfectionism in the recording studio: Over the year they took to record Gaucho (1980), an album of just seven songs, Becker and Fagen hired at least 42 studio musicians and 11 engineers.

Steely Dan toured from 1972 to 1974 before retiring to the studio. The group disbanded in 1981, and throughout most of the next decade Becker and Fagen were largely inactive, though a cult following remained devoted to the group. In 1993 the two reunited and began playing concerts. Steely Dan has since released two albums of new material, the first of which earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001.  (Source Wikipedia)

1 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
2 Do It Again
3 Hey Nineteen
4 Time Out of Mind
5 Peg
6 FM (No Static at All)
7 Deacon Blues
8 Josie
9 Reelin’ In the Years
10 Haitian Divorce
11 Black Friday
12 Pretzel Logic
13 The Fez
14 Show Biz Kids
15 My Old School
16 Kid Charlemagne
17 Dallas
18 Cousin Dupree
19 Sail the Waterway
20 Bad Sneakers


Feature LP: Steely Dan – Aja (1977) 10p ET

steelydan-ajaAja (pronounced like Asia) is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Originally released in 1977 on ABC Records, it became the group’s best-selling album. Peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. charts and No. 5 in the United Kingdom, it was the band’s first platinum album, eventually selling over 5 million copies. In July 1978, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording. In 2003, the album was ranked number 145 on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

Donald Fagen has said the title of the album comes from the name of a Korean woman who married the brother of a high-school friend of his. The cover photo by Hideki Fujii features Japanese model/actress Sayoko Yamaguchi.

The album features several leading session musicians. The eight-minute-long title track features jazz-based changes and a solo by saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Aja is the subject of one of the Classic Albums, a series of documentaries about the making of famous albums. The documentary includes a song-by-song study of the album (the only omission being “I Got the News,” which is played during the closing credits), interviews with Steely Dan co-founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (among others) plus new, live-in-studio versions of songs from the album. Becker and Fagen also play back several of the rejected guitar solos for “Peg,” which were recorded before Jay Graydon produced the satisfactory take.

When DTS attempted to make a 5.1 version, it was discovered that the multitrack masters for both “Black Cow” and the title track were missing. For this same reason, a multichannel SACD version was cancelled by Universal Music. Donald Fagen has offered a $600 reward for the missing masters or any information that leads to their recovery.

On April 6, 2011, the album was deemed by the Library of Congress to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” and added to the United States National Recording Registry for the year 2010.

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

Side one
  1. “Black Cow” – 5:10
  2. “Aja” – 7:57
  3. Deacon Blues” – 7:37
Side two
  1. Peg” – 3:57
  2. “Home at Last” – 5:34
  3. “I Got the News” – 5:06
  4. “Josie” – 4:33