Can't Buy A Thrill
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Can't Buy A Thrill

November 17, 1998

  Song Title
Do It Again
Dirty Work
Midnite Cruiser
Only A Fool Would Say That
Reelin' In The Years
Fire In The Hole
Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)
Change Of The Guard
Turn That Heartbeat Over Again

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  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 40:57
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  • ASIN: B000V673TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Album I ever Bought January 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was a 12 year old with my allowance money burning a hole in my pocket when the alluring strains of "Do It Again" tempted me into buying this on sale for $2.99. (gasp..I'm so old...) Up till that date, my record collection consisted of some teen-pop stuff my mom had given me and some Beatles 45's that my Aunt gave me as hand me downs. Pardon me for waxing nostalgic, but I doubt if I could have possibly picked a finer record to introduce me to seventies rock and roll.
This was a band that took pride in their eccentricities, and still be musically forward enough that even my pre-teen brain could find a way to absorb the quirks. Songs like "Fire In The Hole" and "Kings" were enigmatic enough for me to understand the coolness of it all, and the still stunning guitar solos spiking "Reeling In The Years" satisfied my craving for loudness. Still, at whatever volume this was played at, "Can't Buy A Thrill" held a mysterous appeal that few other bands could match. Blues workouts, jazz influences, and a certain leering know-it-all rock and roll quality laid the groundwork for all the songs here.
"Can't Buy A Thrill" is a stunningly original album, and given where the Dan would eventually lead us, that says a lot.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jawdroppingly Brilliant -- What a First Album! June 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Given the breadth, depth, and quality of the Fagen/Becker albums that followed, both collectively and individually, is it heretical to think that their first effort may actually be their best?

I had the pleasure of picking up the remastered disc, which restores the original artwork and liner notes, improves dramatically on the sonics of the MCA cheapie initial release from the late 80s, and has hilarious and insightful new notes from Becker and Fagen, and I have to say this album has grown and matured into an outright, certifiable classic.

Although the hits off the album ("Do it Again," "Reeling") remain as provocative, clever, and satisfying as ever, it's in the album tracks that this album really comes alive.

"Dirty Work," with its plaintive vocals and mournful harmonies, is memorable and touching. "Kings" has driving guitar and menacing lyrics. The off-kilter perspective of very early Fagen/Becker is evident in "Only a Fool Would Say That" and "Fire in the Hole."

Blazing, ringing guitar greets the listener with "Brooklyn" and "Change of the Guard," and the album closes with the lovely, harmonically perfect (and perfectly skewed) "Turn that Heartbeat Over Again."

Throughout, the album is anchored by Fagen's offbeat, angular, slightly atonal grand piano work, which suggests at times Thelonious Monk, at other times early Todd Rundgren. Match that with Becker's active bass, sterling guitar solos, and catchy, memorable melodies and lyrics, and you have one heck of an album.

Though they continued to develop, refine, and originate many more years of tremendous music-making, they didn't do too bad for a first effort. A bargain at this discount price and must-have for any music fan.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE CD!! November 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you are a Steely Dan fan or are completely (and sadly!) unacquainted with Steely Dan, this is a must have CD for your collection. This CD is, in my opinion, some of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's best material. It has the salient hits "Do It Again" and "Reeling In The Years" but it also has the beautiful gems "Dirty Work" and "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again". There are no weak songs on this CD. If you are just getting acquainted with Steely Dan, this is the best CD to start with. If you are already a fan of Steely Dan make room in your collection for this one. This CD delivers satisfaction! Other essential CDs would be Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, Countdown To Ecstasy and The Royal Scam. These are core essential CDs for any Steely Dan collection! I also highly recommend Fagen's solo album The Nightfly. "Can't Buy a Thrill" was ranked number 238 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. David Palmer sang vocals on "Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn" and this is the only Steely Dan album that includes him. Other band members were Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (eventually joined the Doobie Brothers!) guitarist, Denny Dias, a founding member and a very underrated guitarist! and Jim Hodder drummer/percussionist lead vocals on "Midnite Cruiser". The album cover art is noteworthy: It features a line of prostitutes in a red light district waiting for clients! Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite steely dan album. March 25, 2007
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despite spending the bulk of my teen years in the 70's, i did not get around to steely dan albums until the 90's. too bad so much time was lost. life is definitely a bit better with their recordings as a part of it. "can't buy a thrill" is my favorite piece of work by these incredible musicians. the wonderous studio craftsmanship that they display on all of their albums, is here matched with their strongest set of songs. "do it again," "dirty work," "midnight cruiser," "reelin' in the years," "brooklyn," and "change of the guard," are steely dan as the top of their form. the whole thing, in fact, is great. a classic i would suggest you not miss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do It Again grabs you you from the very first cord, and, guess what? It just does not let you go! Like the good wines, this musical association just gets better as time goes by. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Julio M. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Steely Dan
I believe this to be the classic album and my favourite example of Steely Dan's awesome music. Good to see the availability of such good music
Published 1 month ago by shelley chadgidakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Buy a Used Thrill? - Yes You Can!
Ordered a used record, reportedly in good condition. I've done this before with mixed results. In this case the record album arrived on time and in the condition promised, if not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike M
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
Great first album, fun & easy to listen to...especially when trying to make it to the border of Mexico...for reasons undisclosed...
Published 1 month ago by Joshua A. Litton
5.0 out of 5 stars vynil backup
loved the original vynil album which is on it's last few spins and needed a replacement to save the vynil
Published 3 months ago by Pfjaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Even more thrilling than it was 40 + years ago
Can't Buy a Thrill was one of the first albums I owned as a young newlywed back in 1973...and one of my favorites for the longest time. I never tired of it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE STEELY DAN
Another classic Steely Dan album! I am slowly replacing my old vinyl collection one album at a time. I LOVE STEELY DAN!
Published 4 months ago by Deena Alansky
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Steely Dan's best works
One of Steely Dan's best albums. I had this years ago in an 8 track. Yep I'm old! Still it brings back a lot of good memories and shows what a great band this is/was. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin C. Howden
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A musical masterpiece, from the opening track Do It again to Dirty Work Reeling In the Years and my personal favorite Midnight Cruiser this recording will... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mike walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I still remember where I was when I first heard this album. It was like nothing I had ever heard before and is still a great album. Skunk Baxter's guitar work is unparalleled. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ByronS
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