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Friday Night Jazz: The Making of Peg

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On February 23, 2007 @ 4:30 pm In Digital Media,Friday Night Jazz,Music | Comments Disabled

B000002ore01_aa240_sclzzzzzzz_ [1]I’ve always been a huge Steely Dan fan, so I especially enjoyed putting together this Friday nite jazz twofer.

(Yes, I am aware this is jazz/pop, and not pure Jazz).

First, the Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980 [1]  [1] contains what may very well be the best Amazon review I have ever come across. The 4 CD [1]box set [1] itself is simply all of the Dan’s studio releases compiled on 4 discs. Simply stated, its one of the greatest catalogues in the annals of pop/jazz music history. 

The review sums up the box set thusly:

"As should be expected, Steely Dan’s four-disc box set isn’t like all the other rectangular pop-music retrospectives/tombstones. Not for Messrs. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen the typically bloated, ego-jacking crate padded out with childhood recordings, suspect cassette demos, and broken-down session takes, annotated by candid snapshots purloined from some distant relative. Nope, this is simply Dan Mach 1′s complete oeuvre, from the craft-conscious pop of Can’t Buy a Thrill to the jazzy torpor of Gaucho, laid out chronologically and neatly compressed into four discs, with not even a handful of "bonus" cuts (a live recording of "Bodhisattva," a ’71 demo of "Everyone’s Gone to the Movies" with Flo and Eddie on the side, "Here at the Western World," a Royal Scam outtake, and their obligatory soundtrack cameo, "FM") to color outside the lines. The liner notes are suitably smart, even if they occasionally strain trying to stay astride of B&F’s patent sardonicism. For the aspiring Steely Dan completist, a fine place to start."
-Jerry McCulley

I can’t find anything in there I disagree with.

If you are somehow unfamiliar with the Dan, avoid the greatest hits discs. The way to check them out is a random album; I suggest either Countdown To Ecstasy [2] or Katy Lied [3] BEFORE you hit the pristine studio exercises like Aja [4] or Gaucho [5]. All of these are a mere $2 or $3 used. If you find you like them, then you must own the 4 CD [1]box set [1].

Up second, this fascinating exposition about the studio wizardary of the Dan during the glory years:

via YouTube [6]

Enjoy!

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UPDATE  Februrary 24, 2007 7:53pm EST

I forgot to mention, I saw them this Summer at Jones Beach Theater, August 17, 2006 [7]. Awesome show! I threw the playlist up and a few camera phone snaps


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[1] Image: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002ORE/thebigpictu09-20

[2] Countdown To Ecstasy: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000DI0J/thebigpictu09-20

[3] Katy Lied: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002PD9/thebigpictu09-20

[4] Aja: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00003002C/thebigpictu09-20

[5] Gaucho: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001JXQDI/thebigpictu09-20

[6] YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH0JpBzi68E&eurl=

[7] Jones Beach Theater, August 17, 2006: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2006/08/steely_dan_jone.html

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