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Pretzel Logic [Original recording remastered]

Steely DanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000IPAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous...Absolutely Fantabulous! November 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Pretzel Logic", Steely Dan's third album, contains yet more well-styled musical variances, most of which are neatly homogenized in a nice package. These unique stylings are well represented in the opening piano/bass scat-like riff of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", the folky "Any Major Dude Will Tell You", including the country atmosphere of the breezy "With A Gun", among others. The cool, mellow voice-box guitar effect present in the co-Duke Ellington penned instrumental "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" is sure to please even the most savvy Steely Dan fan, while "Parker's Band" is rather quick and catchy, so don't blink, or you'll miss it! The bluesy selections are worth a few listens as well, such as the title track, with its double-repetetive jazz-influenced verses. If there is a such thing as a "consolation" (mediocre) track on "Pretzel Logic", that honor would most likely go to the flighty "Night By Night", but it qualifies as an erstwhile composition, nonetheless. Since many of the compositions featured on "Pretzel Logic" are somewhat short time-wise, this is one CD where Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and crew really go out of their way to create a really one-of-a-kind scenic musical and lyrical landscape, which is simply nothing short of fantabulous, as well as in the area of musical talent, of which "The Dan" are well adept at! Add "Pretzel Logic" to your must-have Steely Dan collection today, or you'll be left "twisted"!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan's Logic 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album by "The Dan" 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great album, classic album, BUT... 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining balance of SD's abilities
I doubt I can shed any light on this album (or the band) that hasn't been said before, but as you review SD's album history, Pretzel Logic is important. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars poor sound quality
I bought 6 CDs, all of them by MCA: A Universal Music Company. I played the first one. The fidelity was so poor that I didn't bother to open the others up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann Gleason
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretzel Logic
I like all of Steely Dan's music. Gaucho is great, so is Aja, Can't Buy A Thrill and now this one of Pretzel Logic that has the famous number on their of Rikki Don't Lose That... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James D. Weinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dan's best
This is one of Steely Dan's best albums and if you like the music of them you'll just have to have this one.
Published 6 months ago by MT Madman
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never met Napoleon, but I plan to find the time.
Great music, hilarious lyrics. Steely Dan is know as a jazz/rock band, but they have some AMAZING guitar solos on their songs.
Published 7 months ago by L. Piche
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like these first 5 albums!
These are true to the LPs I still have! They sound AWESOME, and they are Steely Dan. LOVE it. Listen all the time.
Published 7 months ago by Meryl Logue
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Steely Dan
Steely Dan is a mood setter type of band. They play tunes that sets the mood for Friday evenings when you are unwinding from a hard day and settling into a weekend. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
This is certainly classic Steely Dan, from their very fertile mid-70s period. The 70s was the decade of jazz and rock fusion, which has always been a trademark of SD; Fagan and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Luebke
4.0 out of 5 stars Any major dude will tell you it's fantastic
Pretzel Logic is a classic album, start to finish. Any Major Dude... A master class in pop song-craft by the Dan!
Published 9 months ago by S. T. O'Connell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
There is a lot of argument over which is the best Steely Dan album. Some folks pick this one, although Countdown To Ecstasy and Aja have their defenders as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by xsurfer
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