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Old 09-03-2017, 10:50 AM   #261
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Nope, just the Super Deluxe on Apple Music. Although now that you mention it, I'm considering ordering it.
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I'm obviously pretty bummed about the death of Walter Becker. 67 is still fairly young considering how many sexagenarians are putting out great music. The last Dan album was back in 2003 and I was always hoping they'd put out one final LP. Maybe they've at least written some songs that can still be recorded by Donald & Co. for posterity and be considered canon (there are already a handful of Dan songs that Walter never played on, leaving the duties to studio musicians).

Back in 2000 I was visiting back home in Chicago en route to a long Europe trip, and saw a used Steely Dan boxed set (Citizen Steely Dan) which comprised their first 7 albums. It was only $20 and despite not knowing much of their music I picked it up on a whim, I think I had read that the writer William Gibson was a fan and that sold me. I took the discs with me to Europe and spent many hours immersing myself in it, on trains and on the deck of my friend's family house on one of the Greek islands. I got him into the music too, and we often would lay out tanning, drinking beer, and playing backgammon as The Dan blasted on the stereo.

I saw them live post-reunion here in California, when they were touring with Michael McDonald, and was lucky enough to see the latter perform the background vocals with the band on Peg. Caught them again at one of their residencies at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. NYC and L.A., the two cities that formed the unusual cocktail of streetwise cynical humor with smooth, inviting vibes and melodies that represent this truly unique band.

It's been quite a ride.

If there's any justice Bono will snippet something tonight.
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Also, this is the final song on the final Dan album (for now). The lyrics are very fitting; funny and world-weary:


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This one hurts. Luckily, I'd seen them on their last three Toronto dates, but they hadn't played Toronto for the past two years. In the spring they did a residency in Vegas, and then in July they were part of east and west coast shows with the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and a few others. Becker didn't play those dates, and the only news was that he'd had a "procedure" and was recovering. In the meantime, they'd booked some UK and Irish dates, and just in the past few weeks, a handful of North American dates, including two casino shows in Ontario. The nearest was three hours from me. I hadn't gotten tickets yet, but was considering it. Alas. Fagen is currently on a solo tour (where 2/3 of the setlist are Dan songs). He has a show tonight. I wonder if it will be cancelled.

Goddamn, they made some gorgeous music. Glad they exist(ed).
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Caught them again at one of their residencies at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
I always wanted to do that.
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I'm obviously pretty bummed about the death of Walter Becker.
You were the first person I thought of when I saw that news.
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Well that sucks.
RIP
67 is just way too young these days.
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RIP Walter Becker of Steely Dan

I never saw them live and now I never will.
I feel terrible about this to be perfectly honest. Ugh, so sad to hear. I wish I'd gone to see them at Dodger Stadium this summer :\
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Absolutely devstated.
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Just wrote a status about it on Facebook, but I was devastated to hear of Walter Becker's passing. I'll just copy-paste straight from there:

This one really hurts. I suspect there's not a great deal of 27-year-old fans of Steely Dan, being a band more likely to be associated with our dads than us. But I have adored them for some time, in particular their absolutely tremendous 1977 record Aja, which has been firmly ensconced in my all-time top five albums for years now.

I still remember exactly the moment I fell for it. I was on a plane to Queensland and had downloaded two albums for the journey, Aja and some shitty Green Day album I never got more than five minutes of the way through. I put Aja on, and barely thirty seconds into opener "Black Cow", I was in love, it was everything I had hoped I would find in a jazz-heavy rock album.

Donald Fagen's multifaceted vocals and lyrics are pin-sharp observations of the sleazy and skeezy characters of Los Angeles and Walter Becker, who has just passed away, was the musician mastermind behind Aja's endlessly replayable compositions. The work of a perfectionist, every single was thoroughly considered, and where many, many, many artists would have completely overcooked it, Walter Becker pulled it all together and created a truly perfect record that feels like the musical equivalent of slipping into a well-worn, super comfortable couch that exquisitely matches all your nooks and crannies.

Tonight I'm spinning the record and having a drink in honour of a genius. Know that though you were not, Aja, and so many more of your songs, are timeless. RIP Walter Becker.

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I'm not quite the fan Laz is, I've got three other records and while they're all really good none have clicked with me as soundly as Aja. But then I suspect Laz probably doesn't have one of their albums in his all-time top five.

Aja really just is that good. I'm blown away whenever I listen to it. Everything about it is just so satisfying.
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Also for those who are fans, if you haven't seen it, Steely Dan's episode of Classic Albums (Aja) is by fucking miles the best.

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It's been a couple of years since I've been here, but when I found out about Walter Becker's death I had a weird urge to post here. I discovered Steely Dan though this forum (on a Desert Island playlist, I think) and have been a fan ever since. Really sad news. RIP.
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Hey, IWB, my PM box is full and my Premium Membership didn't reupdate, you aren't around, are you?
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I'm not quite the fan Laz is, I've got three other records and while they're all really good none have clicked with me as soundly as Aja. But then I suspect Laz probably doesn't have one of their albums in his all-time top five.

Aja really just is that good. I'm blown away whenever I listen to it. Everything about it is just so satisfying.
Countdown to Ecstasy is hovering right around that mark and is definitely in my Top 10.

Get the rest of the albums, there isn't a bad one in the bunch. Even the post-reunion ones.
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Yep, just start at the beginning of their discography and work down. It's all incredibly enjoyable.
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Aja is such an aural feast. But other than that, I think my favourite might be Katy Lied. Bad Sneakers just slays me. And Gold Teeth II is otherworldly.

Pretty certain now that I'm going to get tickets to one of the area shows, just need to figure out who all is coming. Will be wrapping Fagen in bubble wrap.

Eta - but Countdown to Ecstasy, though. It's like choosing a favourite child.
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RateYourMusic has each of the 1972-1977 albums rated between 3.83 and 3.90. That's some fucking consistency right there.

Gaucho takes a hit though, which is a little unfair. That's a great album too.
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Watching this. I love this show. McDonald appears on a few songs.

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Holy shit, very unexpected. RIP.

Other than that, been spending time with The Verve's Urban Hymns reissue. It would have been a stellar double album if they had included all those B-sides.
Now, back to LCD.
oh my *god* the haigh hall show
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I only know Steely Dan because of their connection to Larry Carlton in the 70s. i might check them out this time.
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