Media Condition: VG+
Sleeve Condition: G+
Genre: Rock, Jazz, Pop
Notes: Seam splits, middle of spine is taped. Ring wear on both sides and regular wear on corners and edges from age. Disc plays nice and clean.
If you like: Aja, this lesser-known counterpart is essential for any Steely Dan fans out there.
About: Most rock & roll bands are a tightly wound unit that developed their music through years of playing in garages and clubs around their hometown. Steely Dan never subscribed to that aesthetic. As the vehicle for the songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan defied all rock & roll conventions. Becker and Fagen never truly enjoyed rock–with their ironic humor and cryptic lyrics, their eclectic body of work shows some debt to Bob Dylan–preferring jazz, traditional pop, blues, and R&B. Steely Dan created a sophisticated, distinctive sound with accessible melodic hooks, complex harmonies and time signatures, and a devotion to the recording studio. With producer Gary Katz, Becker and Fagen gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring professional musicians to record their compositions. Though the band didn’t perform live between 1974 and 1993, Steely Dan’s popularity continued to grow throughout the ‘70s as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of AOR and pop radio stations. Even after the group disbanded in the early ‘80s, their records retained a cult following, as proven by the massive success of their unlikely return to the stage in the early ‘90s. *Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A favorite track: Hey Nineteen