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Editorial Reviews

Has it really been 25 years since Steely Dan thrust into the Top 10 with Pretzel Logic ? It's true-so now's the perfect time to celebrate their landmark 1974 album. Here are Rikki Don't Lose That Number; Pretzel Logic , and the rest of the original album, with (for the first time on CD) complete lyrics and all original graphics and notes. Plus-new liners by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen!

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  1. Rikki Don't Lose That Number 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Night By Night 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Any Major Dude Will Tell You 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Barrytown 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Parker's Band 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Through With Buzz 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Pretzel Logic 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. With A Gun 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00000IPAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thompson on November 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have grown to love Steely Dan's eclectic music. When I was 20 years younger, and mainly buying and listening to hard rock outfits like Aerosmith, Rush, Led Zeppelin, etc., the only Dan music I was familier with was the few "hits" being played on the local Rock radio. They played Rikki Don't Lose that Number and Peg. And I remember Josie off the Aja album.

The first Steely Dan cd I bought was the debut, Can't Buy a Thrill. I must have bought it because my favorite song is Do It Again. Later, in the heyday of original compact disc releases (vs. re-issues of former vinyl albums) Steely Dan's A Decade of Steely Dan came out. It was a popular cd. Great songs and great sound.

Years went by. I was still just a casual fan. Had maybe purchased just a couple of other titles on MCA records. They were a bargain in price, but not in quality. So-so sound quality, No liner notes. etc. Finally, in the last few years, major musical acts of any "significance" have had their early albums/cd's remastered and re-released. All this at a very reasonable price! That's when I started replacing old discs and buying some that I did not own before by the Dan. Wow, did I discover some great music that I had never heard on the radio!

Night By Night is one of my all-time favorite Dan songs. Really smooth and jazzy. The title track, Pretzel logic is also one I had never heard. Great stuff. I have now purchased all of their early albums. One at a time.

If you are just starting out. Try either their first album or the great Aja from 1977. If you like what you hear (and you will) then just keep picking them up. Some are only $8 apeice. You can't go wrong.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Pfannenstiel on November 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
...They excised the beginning of Rikki Don't Lose That Number on this "remastered" reissue. "Rikki" opens with a really cool marimba part. Very moody and mysterious; since it's the opening cut on the album, it really sets the tone. Why the powers that be decided to remove it, tamper with a classic peice of work, is mind boggling. That Donald Fagen and Walter Becker would allow it, or would not catch it, is pathetic.

Having got that off my chest, this is a truly classic album, and different from any other album S.D. released. First and foremost, it is short...short songs, short running time. If you are thinking that means your getting shortchanged, think again. One tight catchy songs after another, the album ends with you wanting more, which is exactly how it should be. Too many albums of the CD age go on so long you want to quit listening before the album wants to quit playing. Not so here. Eleven songs, 34 minutes and you're done, and actually ready to hear it again. I can see why some Dan fans don't rate this album as the classic it is. This is the kind of catchy pop (done Dan style, of course) that many Dan-lovers might disdain.

Each song is a scrumptuous morsel that can be digested again and again with no ill side effects. Even the Duke Ellington song seems at home here.

If you can appreciate your Steely Dan short and sweet, this album brings innumberable pleasures. However, I suggest that you find the earlier version that has the opening. It is not at all sonically inferior to this one, you just might have to turn your volume up a bit more, as this one is mastered hotter. But I can assure you, if you equalize the volume settings, there is no discernable difference in the sound quality.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on June 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Steely Dan's third album, 1974's "Pretzel Logic," was the last album the group made before co-leaders Walter Becker & Donald Fagen decided to quit touring altogether and make the recording studio their exclusive musical laboratory, using various top-notch session players to help them flesh out their latest creations. But first, there was still room for one more "band" recording (as well as a tour), with Walt & Don helped out by fellow members Denny Dias & Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on guitars, and Jim Hodder on drums. Without foregoing their flare for rock, "Pretzel Logic" finds Steely Dan in a looser, jazzier mode. There's an ace Duke Ellington cover on it ("East St. Louis Toodle-oo"), as well as a very hip salute to jazz great Charlie Parker ("Parker's Band"). And of course, more terrific, totally cool Dan numbers, with Fagen's trademark lyrical acid wit. The pop radio staple "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was a big Top Five hit for the band (though I think Walt & Don are tired of it these days--they never play it live!). "Night By Night" is a classy, funky rocker. "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" is a lighter number but tremendously melodic, "Barrytown" has a great rollicking feel to it, "Through With Buzz" is brief but strong (with a clever string arrangement on top of it), and the title song is a swinging jazz throwdown. "With A Gun" is almost country, but has terrific, strumming acoustic guitar to drive it. "Charlie Freak" has a dark, almost ominous tone to it's piano line, but it certainly sticks with you, and the concluding "Monkey In Your Soul" is a great groover, with a memorable baseline that literally quakes. As always with Steely Dan, the band's musicianship cooks, the production is tremendous, and Fagen's lead vocals are soulful. "Pretzel Logic" is a classic Steely Dan album, one of the band's best. Make sure you don't lose this number, Rikki!
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