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A Decade of Steely Dan [Gold CD]

Steely DanAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. FM
2. Black Friday
3. Babylon Sisters
4. Deacon Blues
5. Bodhisattva
6. Hey Nineteen
7. Do It Again
8. Peg
9. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
10. Reeling In The Years
11. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
12. Kid Charlemagne
13. My Old School
14. Bad Sneakers

Editorial Reviews

The notion of a Steely Dan greatest-hits collection is suspect at best, if only because their biggest public successes ("Reelin' in the Years" from Can't Buy a Thrill, Pretzel Logic's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and Aja's "Peg") are also in many ways their least typical. Indeed, after the craft-conscious "Thrill," the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen showed an almost perverse penchant for swimming against the prevailing pop current, despite the protestations of numbskull critics who Didn't Get It in a big way. That said, here's the duo's best-known public works and radio fodder (including all of the above), a sampler that will satisfy the hit-hungry and tempt the less acquainted to sample B&F's more colorful musical adventures. --Jerry McCulley

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best single disc of Steely Dan November 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A truly comprehensive must-have Steely Dan collection would fill two or, more likely, three CDs. It's just impossible to cram all the vital cuts from the Dan's career onto one disc. But this one has the major American hits (excepting Grammy-winner "Cousin Dupree" from their later Two Against Nature album...though I can't really say it was a "hit"; really, the Academy was just guiltily giving the Dan their long long long long long overdue statuettes). It's well-sequenced and it sounds great.

Recommended for the casual Steely Dan fan, or for a friend who's only heard a few tunes in passing. There's enough here to further whet your appetite if you've got one. If you already know you like all these songs, go straight to the Citizen Steely Dan box set.

Collectors take note: There are two versions of the song "F.M." The one on this disc ends with a guitar solo, whereas the version on Steely Dan Gold and Citizen Steely Dan ends with a sax solo. Both are great.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a keeper April 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If any of you out there have read my review for the new Steely Dan album, "Two against Nature," I mention this album as my introduction to SD, back when my parents played it during car rides when I was younger. I eventually bought it myself, and then got the "Citizen Steely Dan" box set to complete my collection. After getting the box set, I thought I'd never listen to "Decade" again, but I still play it every now and then, which definitely says something about this collection. There's just something about these undisputed classic songs in the arrangement that they appear on this CD that makes for a great listen. Hearing "Boddisatva," followed by "Hey Nineteen," running into "Do it again"...this order may sound strange, but the album just flows perfectly. And "Bad Sneakers" is a great closing song, which one wouldn't expect because it is the second track on "Katy Lied." Definitely one of the best "hits" collections out there, and fine introduction to Steely Dan. And as an added bonus, you will keep listening to it for a long time!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entices you to buy more March 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the first SD cd I've purchased and completely enjoy almost every song. For a casual fan, I think it's a fine compilation -- how could you go wrong with FM, Black Friday, Deacon Blues, Hey Nineteen, Do It Again, Peg, Rikki, Reeling, Kid, and My Old School on the same CD? Steely Dan offers a rare combination of smooth, fun, well-composed, and dynamic music. This album is sure to entice you buy more.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection from the pop impressarios January 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am not a dedicated or particularly knowledgeable listener to Steely Dan, although I have both of Donald Fagen's solo LP's. However, growing up I always loved hearing their songs on the radio. This collection has all of the hits I have been looking for, including "Hey Nineteen" and the classic "Peg." I've also found a new favorite: the melancholy "Deacon Blues." Any music fan would do well to buy this set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go for the box set September 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You'll pay a little more than double the price of this CD, but you get a lot more than double the songs. I basically like every album Steely Dan has done, but if you want to get a good collection with one purchase, go for the box set.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Mastered Steely Dan CD-Decade September 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
They did such a great job re-mastering this album! The original CD was so flat. This one has so much range that really brings out the instruments and background vocals. You definately want to replace your old CD with this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Most of the Big Hits June 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Though they were never a singles (or touring) band, Steely Dan created some of the most memorable rock recordings in the 70s. The bad news is that this collection sells itself short, offering only a small slice of Steely Dan's magnitude. Fans will not find "Show Biz Kids," "The Fez," "Pretzel Logic," "Josie," or "Time Out of Mind," all of which hit the charts. It's unknown why such trifles as "Babylon Sisters," "East St. Louis Toodle-OO" and "Bad Sneakers" made the grade when more worthy songs could have been placed in their stead. Still, casual fans will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hits? August 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This anthology is peculiar. Not exactly greatest hits or even favorites. The sequencing is odd, as well. Too bad the original greatest hits package is unavailable on CD in the United States as that was far superior.
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