Can't Buy A Thrill CD (1998)

Artist: Steely Dan

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Label Uni/mca
SKU 60140955
UPC 008811188627
UPC 14 00008811188627
Format CD
Release Date 11/17/1998
Author Steely Dan
Associated Artist/Work Garden Party
Associated Artist/Work McPartland, Marian
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Technical Info
Engineer Roger Nichols; Roger Nichols
Producer Gary Katz; Gary Katz; Donald Fagen (Reissue); Walter Becker (Reissue)
CatalogID 1118862
Lable Name MCA
Released 11/17/1998
Original Release 1972
Number of Discs 1
Length 40m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811188627
Musical Guests
Victor Feldman
Jerome Richardson
Album Notes and Credits
Steely Dan: Jeff Baxter (pedal steel guitar); Walter Becker (bass instrument); Jim Hodder (background vocals); David Palmer , Donald Fagen, Denny Dias.
Personnel: Walter Becker (vocals, guitar, electric bass, bass guitar); Donald Fagen (vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards); David Palmer (vocals, keyboards); Jim Hodder (vocals, drums, percussion); Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews, Venetta Fields (vocals, background vocals); Jeff Baxter (guitar, steel guitar, Spanish guitar); Denny Dias (guitar, sitar, electric sitar); Elliott Randall (guitar); Jerome Richardson (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Snooky Young (flugelhorn, horns); Victor Feldman (keyboards, percussion); David Paich (keyboards); Shirley Matthews (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Roger Nichols .
Liner Note Authors: Donald Fagen; Walter Becker; Tristan Fabriani.
Recording information: The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA; Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.
This is the album that introduced Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's unique, idiosyncratic, and highly polished craftsmanship. Although CAN'T BUY A THRILL lacks the overtly jazzy tendencies that would define albums like AJA, it distinguishes itself from nearly all of the mainstream pop and rock of the era with its smooth, lounge-y feel, catchy hooks, and immaculate studio polish. They were played alongside the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles on '70s FM radio, but Steely Dan's sound was more self-conscious and sophisticated than its peers: this was postmodern R&B, dressed up in a tuxedo, and holding an advanced degree.
The album's hit single "Do It Again" is textbook Dan, with its slinky, Latin-touched groove, expansive, minor key melody, and shimmering veneer. Fagen's quirky vocals grace the track, and the record's other hit, the chugging "Reeling In the Years," with its memorable looping guitar riff, but several cuts here feature the vocals of David Palmer, whose sincere, straightforward pop-soul approach seems at odds with the band's aesthetic. Even so, CAN'T BUY A THRILL sparkles, and is the first impressive notch for a band whose output would continue to improve.
Artist Overview
Steely Dan--a name derived from a sex toy in William Burroughs's "Naked Lunch"--spent much of the '70s atop the charts with jazzy, smart-ass pop-rock. The brainchild of hipsters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan was less a band than it was a laboratory for the duo's singular musical vision, deftly rendered by a cast of studio heavyweights to rule the airwaves, but (owing to either stagefright or sheer impossibility) rarely trotted out on stage. After almost disappearing for more than a decade, Becker and Fagen had re-emerged by the '90s, throwing fans a few bones before finally taking the plunge into a full-fledged reunion.
Disc 1
1 Do It Again
2 Dirty Work
3 Kings
4 Midnight Cruiser
5 Only A Fool Would Say That
6 Reelin' In The Years
7 Fire In The Hole
8 Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)
9 Change Of The Guard
10 Turn That Heartbeat Over Again

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