Two CD set chronicling Becker & Fagen's essential output,1972-1980. 18 tracks, including: 'Do It Again', 'Reelin' InThe Years', 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number', 'Hey Nineteen','Babylon Sisters', 'Deacon Blues', 'Josie', 'Bodhisattva','Peg', 'Kid Charlemagne', 'My Old School', 'Black Friday',etc. 1985 release on MCA. There are two Steely Dan compilation albums, identically named The Very Best of Steely Dan: Reelin' In the Years and with identical record covers, but with different songs. The first was released in 1985 and the latter in 1987.
With a bizzare mention of the recording equipment used on the session on the back cover of Katy Lied, rumour was the two main men of the band were not happy with the finished product. I was and still am today. This may not be the best album from the band but neither is this a poor effort as this album contains the songs Black Friday, Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More,Doctor Wu,Chain Lightning and Bad Sneakers. Not a bad list and there are even some more worth a mention but as the backing band had basically fractured with the departure of all the members bar Denny Dias.
This excellent DVD will show you how to nail seven great songs by this influential jazz/rock band! (And maybe your date!) Learn each song and play along with guitar jam tracks. Tom Quayle is a well respected guitarist and teacher whose influences include Greg Howe, Wayne Krantz, Tim Miller and Brett Garsed. He is a regular contributor to iGuitar digital magazine, view issues at iguitarmag.com. His blistering technique has been applauded by guitar legends such as Brett Garsed, and John Petrucci.
For about the thousandth time, these very early recordings by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen that have remained officially unreleased for a reason: they're terrible and only vaguely resemble the actual Steely Dan that came years later. This is not to say that there is no merit to them, only very little, and only for those who are so obsessed by the Steely Dan legend they need to hear every bent note, of which there are plenty here. This is another shabby Dressed to Kill effort that should be avoided. Period.
Featuring "Do It Again"
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan's debut, Can't Buy a Thrill, illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics.