Thread: Ok, what's so great about... Steely Dan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pb2015 View Post
    When I was a kid my babysitter said "Werewolves of London" was by Jethro Tull. I still remember that for some reason.
    In 1969 Dion had a short-lived hit with an ultra-mellow cover of "Purple Haze" (prominently featuring a flute). Somebody at school told me it was by Donovan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proggy_jazzer View Post
    I've heard it said that Fagen's was "a face made for radio".
    I don't know, these two younger "Dans" weren't all that repulsive looking. Just tough and hippie-ready dudes, preparing to take over the musical landscape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MortSahlFan View Post
    Great music, and they are the coolest nerds ever.

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    Love it - the opening guitar solo is one for the ages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proggy_jazzer View Post
    Love it - the opening guitar solo is one for the ages.
    We cover this song in a band I'm in. Hearing that solo never gets old. It's a really fun song to sing, too.

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    In my opinion, Katy Lied was their last really good album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    In my opinion, Katy Lied was their last really good album.
    Katy Lied might be my favorite overall, but saying it's their last really good album is a very "out there" opinion. Aja isn't my top favorite, but to not acknowledge that as a good, if not great, album, is overlooking a lot of brilliance, even if you don't personally like it. It is actually possible to think something is good and not dig it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post


    In my opinion, Katy Lied was their last really good album.
    Gotta disagree with you there. If the band morphed into a style you don’t really like (more jazz than rock), that’s understandable. But their last really good album? That’s discounting some really good music they’ve put out since then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Katy Lied might be my favorite overall, but saying it's their last really good album is a very "out there" opinion. Aja isn't my top favorite, but to not acknowledge that as a good, if not great, album, is overlooking a lot of brilliance, even if you don't personally like it. It is actually possible to think something is good and not dig it.

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    Good point. I mean, Aja, come on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post


    In my opinion, Katy Lied was their last really good album.
    Don't agree about Katy Lied being their last good album, for pretty much the same reason Sputnik said, but I love this song with a fiery irrational passion, I don't see it mentioned much, and I was very glad to see you post it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Katy Lied might be my favorite overall, but saying it's their last really good album is a very "out there" opinion. Aja isn't my top favorite, but to not acknowledge that as a good, if not great, album, is overlooking a lot of brilliance, even if you don't personally like it. It is actually possible to think something is good and not dig it.

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    I've mentioned a few times that I like Aja but I don't shower it with praise like most. It's just my preference to like those first 4 albums much more than Aja (or Royal Scam). Again, I like Aja but I like Katy a lot more. Does not mean that I dislike Aja.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Gotta disagree with you there. If the band morphed into a style you don’t really like (more jazz than rock), that’s understandable. But their last really good album? That’s discounting some really good music they’ve put out since then.
    It's just my personal preference. I'm not knocking Aja. If I had a computer with a hard keyboard I'd write an essay, but I'm posting on my phone with my fat fingers. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    It's just my personal preference. I'm not knocking Aja.
    Wording it the way you did, I'd argue you kind of are knocking Aja. This thread is months old. Few, if any, remember what you may have said in the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    If I had a computer with a hard keyboard I'd write an essay, but I'm posting on my phone with my fat fingers. Lol
    You don't have to write an essay to express your opinion a little differently. If you'd said, "Katy Lied is my favorite, and I'm not personally so keen on what came after, though I like it a bit," no one would have taken issue with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    You don't have to write an essay to express your opinion a little differently. If you'd said, "Katy Lied is my favorite, and I'm not personally so keen on what came after, though I like it a bit," no one would have taken issue with that.
    I would have. I mean, who uses "keen" these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    I would have. I mean, who uses "keen" these days?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    I would have. I mean, who uses "keen" these days?

    Steely Dan is neato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Wording it the way you did, I'd argue you kind of are knocking Aja. This thread is months old. Few, if any, remember what you may have said in the past.



    You don't have to write an essay to express your opinion a little differently. If you'd said, "Katy Lied is my favorite, and I'm not personally so keen on what came after, though I like it a bit," no one would have taken issue with that.

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    It's just talk........

    Katy is not my favorite Dan album but I rank it above what came after. So......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    It's just talk........

    Katy is not my favorite Dan album but I rank it above what came after. So......

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    That's fine.

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    There's a lot of stuff on Pretzel Logic that's really good but, some I find meh. Not to mention it's their shortest album. It's 6-7 minutes shorter than their previous two.

    BTW, one of the things I don't think I've ever seen mentioned about the band is how many of their covers are pretty lame. The only ones I think are any good are Pretzel, Katy, and Aja, which is excellent. I like the concept of Royal, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and I have mixed feelings about Countdown.

    You'd think that with a band that produced such great music they'd have much better album covers.
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    Yean, the cover art is pretty blah. Maybe it's something Fagen and Becker just didn't care much about. Aja is just a gorgeous cover.
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