Tag: Steely Dan

Monday 6/28/21 1:10am ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Two Against Nature (2000)

Two Against Nature is the eighth studio album by American rock band Steely Dan. Their first studio album in 20 years, it was recorded from 1997 to 1999 and released on February 29, 2000, by Warner Bros. Records.

A critical success, Two Against Nature won the group four Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (for the single “Cousin Dupree”). Commercially, it peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold more than one million copies, earning a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.

  1. “Gaslighting Abbie” 5:53
  2. “What a Shame About Me” 5:17
  3. “Two Against Nature” 6:17
  4. “Janie Runaway” 4:09
  5. “Almost Gothic” 4:09
  6. “Jack of Speed” 6:17
  7. “Cousin Dupree” 5:28
  8. “Negative Girl” 5:34
  9. “West of Hollywood” 8:21

Donald Fagen – lead vocals (all tracks), Fender Rhodes (1-3), Clavinet (1), piano (2, 3), Wurlitzer (4-7), organ (9)
Walter Becker – bass (2-7), guitar (1, 2, 4, 6, 7), lead guitar (3, 9)
Ted Baker – Fender Rhodes (4, 5, 7-9), piano (9)
Jon Herington – rhythm guitar (3, 7, 9), acoustic guitar (5)
Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (8)
Hugh McCracken – guitar (5)
Dean Parks – guitar (8)
Tom Barney – bass (1, 8, 9)
Keith Carlock – drums (3)
Leroy Clouden – drums (4, 5, 7)
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums (8)
Sonny Emory – drums (9)
Ricky Lawson – drums (1)
Michael White – drums (2, 6)
Gordon Gottlieb – percussion (2, 3, 5, 6, 9)
Will Lee – percussion (6)
Daniel Sadownick – percussion (3), timbales (3)
Dave Shank – vibraphone (8)
Steve Shapiro – vibraphone (3)
Amy Helm – whistle (7)
Lawrence Feldman – clarinet (1, 5), tenor saxophone (4, 6), alto saxophone (5), saxophone (3)
Roy Hitchcock – clarinet (3)
Lou Marini – alto saxophone (4, 6), tenor saxophone (2)
Chris Potter – tenor saxophone solo (1, 9), alto saxophone solo (4)
David Tofani – tenor saxophone (1) saxophone (3)
Roger Rosenberg – bass clarinet (1, 3-5), baritone saxophone (2, 6)
Michael Leonhart – trumpet (1-6), Wurlitzer (3)
Jim Pugh – trombone (1-3, 5, 6)
Cynthia Calhoun (1-3, 6, 8, 9) – background vocals
Carolyn Leonhart (1-5, 7-9) – background vocals
Michael Harvey (1-3, 5, 6, 9) – background vocals

Thursday 6/10/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – The Royal Scam (1976) Twitter: @steely_dan_bot

Twitter: @steely_dan_bot

The Royal Scam is the fifth studio album by American rock band Steely Dan. It was produced by Gary Katz and was originally released by ABC Records on May 31, 1976. The Royal Scam features more prominent guitar work than the prior Steely Dan album, Katy Lied, which had been the first without founding guitarist Jeff Baxter. Guitarists on the recording include Walter Becker, Denny Dias, Larry Carlton, Elliott Randall and Dean Parks.

In common with other Steely Dan albums, The Royal Scam is littered with cryptic allusions to people and events both real and fictional. In a BBC interview in 2000, Becker and Fagen revealed that “Kid Charlemagne” is loosely based on Augustus Owsley Stanley, the notorious drug “chef” who was famous for manufacturing hallucinogenic compounds, and that “Caves of Altamira”, based on a book by Hans Baumann, is about the loss of innocence, the narrative about a visitor to the Cave of Altamira who registers his astonishment at the prehistoric drawings. It is also influenced by Plato’s Cave Allegory and Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn”.

The album went gold and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. The album was re-issued by MCA Records in 1979 following the sale of the ABC Records label to MCA.

  1. “Kid Charlemagne” 4:38
  2. “The Caves of Altamira” 3:34
  3. “Don’t Take Me Alive” 4:16
  4. “Sign In Stranger” 4:23
  5. “The Fez” 4:01
  6. “Green Earrings” 4:05
  7. “Haitian Divorce” 5:53
  8. “Everything You Did” 3:55
  9. “The Royal Scam” 6:28

Donald Fagen – keyboards, vocals, background vocals
Walter Becker – bass guitar, guitar
Paul Griffin – keyboards
Don Grolnick – keyboards
Denny Dias – guitar
Larry Carlton – guitar
Dean Parks – guitar
Elliott Randall – guitar
Jim Horn – saxophone
Plas Johnson – saxophone
John Klemmer – saxophone
Chuck Findley – trumpet
Bob Findley – horn
Dick Hyde – horn, trombone
Chuck Rainey – bass
Rick Marotta – drums (“Don’t Take Me Alive”, “Everything You Did”)
Bernard Purdie – drums (all other tracks)
Gary Coleman – percussion
Victor Feldman – percussion, keyboards
Timothy B. Schmit – background vocals
Venetta Fields – background vocals
Clydie King – background vocals
Sherlie Matthews – background vocals
Michael McDonald – background vocals
Walter Becker – horn arrangements
Donald Fagen – horn arrangements
Chuck Findley – horn arrangements

Wednesday 5/5/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstasy (1973)

Countdown to Ecstasy is the second studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released in July 1973 by ABC Records. It was recorded at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado, and at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles, California. After the departure of vocalist David Palmer, the group recorded the album with Donald Fagen singing lead on every song.

Although it was a critical success, the album failed to generate a hit single, and consequently charted at only number 35 on the Billboard 200. It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1978, having shipped 500,000 copies in the United States. Well-received upon its release, Countdown to Ecstasy received perfect scores from music critics in retrospective reviews.

  1. “Bodhisattva” 5:18
  2. “Razor Boy” 3:11
  3. “The Boston Rag” 5:40
  4. “Your Gold Teeth” 7:02
  5. “Show Biz Kids” 5:26
  6. “My Old School” 5:48
  7. “Pearl of the Quarter” 3:50
  8. “King of the World” 5:04

Donald Fagen – acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizer, lead and backing vocals
Walter Becker – electric bass, harmonica, backing vocals
Denny Dias – electric guitar, mixing
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – electric and pedal steel guitars
Jim Hodder – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ray Brown – string bass on “Razor Boy”
Ben Benay – acoustic guitar
Rick Derringer – slide guitar on “Show Biz Kids” (recorded at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado, courtesy of Columbia Records)
Victor Feldman – vibraphone, marimba, percussion
Ernie Watts, Johnny Rotella, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins – saxophones (6)
Sherlie Matthews (6), Myrna Matthews (6), Patricia Hall (6), David Palmer, James Rolleston, Michael Fennelly – backing vocals

Thursday 2/18/2021 6pm ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Gaucho (1980)

Gaucho is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released on November 21, 1980, by MCA Records. The sessions for Gaucho represent the band’s typical penchant for studio perfectionism and obsessive recording technique. To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance given by the record label. In 1982, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

During the two-year span in which the album was recorded, the band was plagued by a number of creative, personal and professional problems. MCA, Warner Bros. and Steely Dan had a three-way legal battle over the rights to release the album. After it was released, jazz musician Keith Jarrett threatened the band with legal action for plagiarism in the title song.

Gaucho marked a significant stylistic change for the band, introducing a more minimal, groove- and atmosphere-based format. The harmonically complex chord changes that were a distinctive mark of earlier Steely Dan songs are less prominent on Gaucho, with the record’s songs tending to revolve around a single rhythm or mood, although complex chord progressions were still present particularly in “Babylon Sisters” and “Glamour Profession”. Gaucho proved to be Steely Dan’s final studio album before a 20-year hiatus from the recording industry.

1. “Babylon Sisters” 5:49
2. “Hey Nineteen” 5:06
3. “Glamour Profession” 7:29
4. “Gaucho” 5:32
5. “Time Out of Mind” 4:13
6. “My Rival” 4:34
7. “Third World Man” 5:15

Donald Fagen – lead vocals, backing vocals, synthesizer (2–6), electric piano (2–5), organ (6)
Walter Becker – bass (2, 4, 5), guitar (2, 5), guitar solo (4)

Randy Brecker – trumpet (1, 4, 5), flugelhorn (1, 6)
Wayne Andre – trombone (6)
Tom Scott – alto saxophone, clarinet (1); tenor saxophone (1, 3, 4, 6); Lyricon (3, 6), horn arrangement (3, 4, 6)
David Sanborn – alto saxophone (5)
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone (3, 5, 6)
Dave Tofani – tenor saxophone (5)
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone (5)
Walter Kane – clarinet (1)
George Marge – clarinet
Rob Mounsey – piano (3–5), synthesizer (7), horn arrangement (1, 5)
Don Grolnick – electric piano, Clavinet (1)
Bill Tobin – electric piano (3)
Pat Rebillot – electric piano (6)
Joe Sample – electric piano (7)
Hiram Bullock – guitar (6)
Larry Carlton – lead guitar (7)
Rick Derringer – guitar (6)
Steve Khan – guitar (1, 3, 4, 7), lead guitar (6)
Mark Knopfler – lead guitar (5)
Hugh McCracken – guitars (2, 5)
Chuck Rainey – bass (1, 7)
Steve Gadd – drums (3, 6, 7), percussion (2)
Anthony Jackson – bass (3, 6)
Rick Marotta – drums (2, 5)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (4)
Bernard Purdie – drums (1)
Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion (1, 4)
Victor Feldman – percussion (2)
Ralph MacDonald – percussion (3, 6)
Nicholas Marrero – percussion (6)
Michael McDonald (5), Patti Austin (1,4,5), Valerie Simpson (3–6), Frank Floyd (2,3,6), Diva Gray (1), Gordon Grody (1), Lani Groves (1), Lesley Miller (1,3–5), Zachary Sanders (2,3,6), Toni Wine (1) – backing vocals

Tuesday 11/24/2020 4pm ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story, 1972–1980 (2000)

Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story, 1972–1980 is a two-disc compilation album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. The exact same compilation (all tracks in the same sequence) was also in 2009 re-released in UK under the title The Very Best of Steely Dan.

1. “Do It Again” 5:56
2. “Dirty Work” 3:08
3. “Reelin’ in the Years” 4:37
4. “Only a Fool Would Say That” 2:57
5. “Change of the Guard” 3:39
6. “Bodhisattva” 5:18
7. “The Boston Rag” 5:40
8. “Show Biz Kids” 5:26
9. “My Old School” 5:46
10. “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” 4:32
11. “Night by Night” 3:40
12. “Pretzel Logic” 4:32
13. “Any Major Dude Will Tell You” 3:08
14. “Black Friday” 3:41
15. “Bad Sneakers” 3:21
16. “Doctor Wu” 3:55
17. “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)” 3:55
18. “Chain Lightning” 2:59

Disc two
1. “Kid Charlemagne” 4:38
2. “Don’t Take Me Alive” 4:16
3. “Haitian Divorce” 5:51
4. “The Fez” 4:02
5. “Here at the Western World” 4:01
6. “Black Cow” 5:10
7. “Aja” 8:00
8. “Deacon Blues” 7:36
9. “Peg” 4:00
10. “Josie” 4:35
11. “FM (No Static at All) 5:06
12. “Babylon Sisters” 5:49
13. “Hey Nineteen” 5:07
14. “Time Out of Mind” 4:12
15. “Third World Man” 5:13


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 . . . 

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.