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Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos [Japan CD] WPCR-14718

Donald FagenAudio CD
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Biographyby Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Donald Fagen was one of the two masterminds behind Steely Dan, the seminal jazz-pop band of the '70s. Fagen's solo work has been a continuation of the band's work of the early '80s -- carefully constructed and arranged, intricately detailed pop songs that are more substantial than their stylish surface may indicate. His 1982 solo debut, ... Read more in Amazon's Donald Fagen Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Japan
  • ASIN: B008XGS0UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D's My Vitamin XYZ October 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Donald Fagen has done it again!! "Sunken Condos" is another instant classic. As usual, it is replete with the same level of superlative musicianship, lyricism, intelligence, class and style that's come to characterize his work. There is a familiarity that, in part, stems from allusions to the older classics in his catalog. DF musically refers to I.G.Y. and Ruby Baby (The Nightfly); King of The World (Countdown To Ecstasy); Pretzel Logic (Pretzel Logic); Your Gold Teeth II (Katy Lied); The Night Belongs To Mona (Morph The Cat); Deacon Blues (Aja); Trans-Island Skyway (Kamakiriad), Hey 19 (Gaucho), etc. throughout 'Condos.' This usage is rife with irony. DF's approach to newness was, in part, to use something old--something he's never done before. If it's true that creativity stops around age 50, no one told Donald, for the invention and experimentation in Condos makes that assertion ludicrous. His brilliant remake of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto" alone negates the contention that he broke no new ground on this record. He also employed Upright Bass, Vibraphone and solo Violin, instruments he's rarely if ever used before, but that's not the only reason it sounds so fresh. Read more ›
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127 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Dive to Sunken Condos October 16, 2012
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"First Dive to Visit Fagen's Sunken Condos"

Jim McPartland

I've had trouble doing anything but listen to Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos since it streamed yesterday, 10/9, one week before its official release.

I'm on eight times straight through so far.

Like fine wine, it gets better with each listen. And like most of Fagen's material, it's very complex with lots of musical intricacies. Sunken Condos is a mixture of jazz, blues, rock, and 70's funk--and Fagen has never been in better form.

Sunken Condos is Fagen's strongest solo material EVER. Better than The Nightfly--and I LOVE Nightfly.

It surpasses Steely Dan's Grammy Award winning Two Against Nature. And as good as Walter Becker is at contributing to Steely Dan, Fagen proves he is and always has been Steely Dan's driving force.


Donald made a great choice having Michael Leonhart co-produce. Michael `gets it' and his horn playing/orchestration are powerful. The recording is ideal- typical for perfectionist Fagen.

A pass at the songs-

1) Slinky Thing- funky- love the horns and xylophone- an older guy chasing or with a young chick and doubting himself.

2) I'm Not the Same Without You- love the melodica, which Donald uses more on Sunken Condos than on any other CD's and handles it like a madman--- very upbeat-- and optimistic about a break up- think the opposite of The Things I Miss the Most from Everything Must Go. Great vocals! Takes all of Steely Dan and solo efforts---shakes `em up--- and pours out one of the best songs he's ever written.

3) Memorabilia- great muted horns, sweet and soulful. More great vocals. The gals do a great job of complimenting Donald.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Musical Genius (!!!!) October 29, 2012
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So many artists today claim to be musical geniuses ... but that are all no-talent jokes.
Donald Fagen is one of an exceptional few artists making music these days whom you can truly call a musical genius!
His music always leaves me breathless ... with tingles running up and down my spine. Fagen is a true master of mixing the best of funk, R&B, rock, pop and jazz into one perfect package, and his ability to write amazing melodies, sophisticated chord changes, deep introspective lyrics, and nasty funky grooves is nothing shy of supernatural.
The man is a GOD of music. Pure and simple.
Whether with Steely Dan or as a solo artist, Fagen's compositions have always represented contemporary music at its absolute highest of excellence.
SUNKEN CONDOS is no exception.
The album features nine perfectly polished soulful gems that create a musical experience that leaves you HUNGRY for more ... but sadly, with Fagen, it will be a long time before you ever get any more. So enjoy them while you can!
My all-time fave on the album is MISS MARLENE. Good lord, this song melts my heart. It's classic Fagen and represents WHY he and Steely Dan are national treasures throughout the world ... and have been since 1972. Everything is perfect with the track: the groove, the changes, the melody and lyrics. Every time I hear MISS MARLENE it literally brings tears to my eyes ... it had been FAR TOO LONG since I have heard music THIS GOOD! So long since I have heard Fagen-quality music.
But all the songs on SUNKEN CONDOS are amazing ...
Another great song is I'M NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU. The lyrics on this track are very clever, satirical and even hilarious ... and remind me why Steely Dan lyrics are considered the absolute best in recorded music this side of Dylan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome!!
Simply, perfect recordings! The production on this album is superb as always and with such an eclectic aray of songs to choose from on the album. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're into DF, you'll enjoy this CD...maybe even if you're NOT...
More timeless chords, colors, stories, and beats from the Man behind the Steely Dan legend. A cover song, even. Nice, skate a little lower now...
Published 7 days ago by Michael Butkus-Bomier
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it - Fagn is awesome
Have listened to this several time since getting it in. Love Fagan's stuff. His work keeps getting better and better.
Published 9 days ago by MDR732
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Silky smooth.
Cool as a cucumber.
The great sounding, clear vinyl is wrapped in a glorious gate fold jacket. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wm3333
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!!
Donald Fagan returns to the top of his form! This work is similar in many ways to his Nightfly album from the early 80's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven J. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars review donald fagan sunken condos
The first time I listened to this cd I wasn't sure I liked it that much, but every time I listen to it I hear more brilliant things
Published 4 months ago by Steve Olson
1.0 out of 5 stars cd
Another so-so after they broke up .I have one cd that never hit the shelf it,s in my truck but it,s more like old style can't remmember the name and it's to cold to go and look! Read more
Published 5 months ago by paul k powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunken with weights on
GEEZE Donald...can't you find any new melodies...or lyrics that aren't SO DEPRESSING?! At least you brought back the girl voices! Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Sherman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the same as Steely Dan
His solo album isn't quite up to par as the Steely Dan duo. I did enjoy it but, again, it's just a bit short of a 4 star rating.
Published 5 months ago by anon
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I guess I was expecting more of his original songs. I enjoyed the CD but would have preferred some of his earlier works.
Published 5 months ago by bookworm7
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