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Definitive Collection [Original recording remastered]

Steely DanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Do It Again (Album Version) 5:54Album Only
listen  2. Dirty Work (Album Version) 3:08Album Only
listen  3. Reelin' In The Years (Album Version) 4:34Album Only
listen  4. Bodhisattva (Album Version) 5:17Album Only
listen  5. My Old School (Album Version) 5:44Album Only
listen  6. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (Album Version) 4:32Album Only
listen  7. Black Friday (Album Version) 3:39Album Only
listen  8. Bad Sneakers (Album Version) 3:20Album Only
listen  9. Kid Charlemagne (Album Version) 4:39Album Only
listen10. Deacon Blues (Album Version) 7:32Album Only
listen11. Peg (Album Version) 3:55Album Only
listen12. FM (Edit) 4:49Album Only
listen13. Hey Nineteen (Album Version) 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Babylon Sisters (Album Version) 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Cousin Dupree 5:26Album Only
listen16. Things I Miss The Most 3:57Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000G73U5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The First Ever Multi-Label Compilation Covering Their Entire Recording Career. Features All Their Hits 'Do It Again,' 'Reeling In The Years,' 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' & 'Hey Nineteen' Plus Their Most Renowned Album Tracks From 'Dirty Work' To 'Cousin Dupree'. Over 76 Minutes Of The Greatest Steely Dan. Newly Digitally Remastered From The Original Sources By Famed Engineer Joe Palmaccio. Booklet Includes Historic Photos & Complete Credits Replaces Steely Dan Decade Major U.S. Tour This Summer. Major TV campaign To Support The Release.

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre tracklist, GREAT remasters August 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This collection is far and away NOT definitive. The track list consists of only a handful of radio hits and leaves out many gems (No Steely Dan compilation should leave out Doctor Wu under any circumstances!!). That being said, the latest remastering on these is phenomenal!

Unlike the 1998-2000 remastered versions that had too much treble and not enough bass, these versions balance clarity with warmth very well! There is plenty of treble, but also enough low and medium range to keep the sound nice and warm. The instrument separation is likewise excellent. I already have all of these songs on their original albums, but I went ahead and got this collection anyway simply because the remastered versions are such high quality.

This is the first time that songs from the Katy Lied album actually sound "right." There are fewer high treble artifacts on Jeff Porcaro's cymbals on Black Friday and Bad Sneakers, for example, after this remaster. I hope all of the Steely Dan collection gets released in this high quality soon!
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110 of 131 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No real good reason for this CD August 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
(4 & 1/2 stars for the tunes, zero for the concept) With so many Steely Dan hits collections and/or sets already out, the question is whether there's really any valid reason for this latest collection to exist. The answer is that besides the usual songs from the past, there are also two songs from the recent albums on this hits collection, just TWO SONGS. (That's one each from Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go, but I guess that's enough for this CD to get the title of "the only career-spanning collection" on the front cover sticker.) Otherwise, this is basically just another repackaging of the same old - but great - material. Adding to the problem is the Dan's perfectionist nature, one that prevents the release of ANY outtakes or other "extra" tracks. Nor apparently do they record new songs to go on a "hits" disc. They just do not put any bonus tracks on box sets or compilations (except for one lone live cut on the Citizen Steely Dan box). So this boils down to another greedy attempt to make money off the back catalog. These songs are among my most loved tunes ever, but I also don't like this endless repackaging of the same songs over and over...
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another useless Steely Dan compilation August 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Question: Did the world really need yet another Steely Dan "Greatest Hits" compilation album?

Answer: No!

There's already "A Decade Of Steely Dan", "Steely Dan - Greatest Hits", "Show Biz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-80" and "Gold". Aside from the two tracks from 2VN and EMG this is just simply a waste of money for yet another useless repackaging of SD's back catalog (I'd include the bootlegs but anyone can download them for free from the online "Steely Dan Archive"...so Google up and grok that).

If one really wanted a solid and DEFINITIVE collection then one is better off purchasing the "Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980" box set which contains ALL of Steely Dan's official studio-released work from that period of time. And, if one's wallet can bear the burden, check out Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly", "Kamakiriad" and "Morph The Cat" and Walter Becker's "11 Tracks of Whack". Oh, and don't forget 2VN and EMG.

There's your list. Now lay down your Jacksons on some quality Dan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Definitive but Where's "Josie"? August 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
While Steely Dan has received the compilation treatment on more than one occassion, the latest "Definitive Collection" brings some of the band's best known work onto a single disc. Also, for completeness, one track each from their 'reunion' CDs are included here.

Steely classics such as "Do It Again", "Reelin' In The Years", "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", "Black Friday", "Deacon Blues", "Peg" and "Hey Nineteen" are all included here and sound just as fresh and unique as they did back in the day.

While this collection is an ideal place to start for the beginning Dan fan because of its songs and low price, it should be noted that there is one glaring omission to this Definitive Collection - the all-time classic "Josie". Granted, this CD is already packed to its limits with close to 78-minutes of music and is excellent from start to finish. However, including "Josie" and dropping a track like, say "Dirty Work" (writer's opinion) would have made this collection a lot stronger and cohesive overall. I guess this is how the band wanted it because they were indeed involved with the compilation of this collection.

Apart from this, Steely Dan's "Definitive Collection" is a great introduction to the band. For a more comprehensive overview, check out the double-disc compilation "Show Biz Kids" which includes all of the tracks included here (minus the two 'reunion' tracks) plus many many more.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy "A Decade of Steely Dan" used and save some $$$$ August 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is "A Decade of Steely Dan" only they took out "St. Louis Toodle-oo and replaced it with "Dirty Work"- great song- and added a song each from their 90's releases "Two Against Nature" and Everything Must Go". If you really want a comprehensive collection w/out having to buy the box set or all of the albums separately, go buy the 2 cd Showbiz Kids collection fom a few years back.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I wouldn't call myself a big Steely Dan fan. I did however grow up in a household where my dad had Aja and I remember listening to a few of their songs on the radio. This collection succeeds because it has all the best songs that the casual fan would know and introduces people like me to what Steely Dan has been up to lately with the two new tracks. Typically I am not a huge fan of collections that max out the CD because usually with some artists by the time I get to about 45 minutes I have had enough. With Steely Dan, since this is all top notch music, the 80 minutes seem to fly by... even the new tracks sound very good up against the old standards. I keep this in my regular rotation and may someday, since I love this collection so much, may check out some of their albums.

If you are a casual fan like myself and want a nice remastered hits collection this is where you can start. For the more hardcore fan this of course is not for you but it is a great way to lure in new fans to the fold as it did me.
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