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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000051Y2R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Import pressing of this double-disc compilation that is out-of-print in the US. Universal.


If the 66 tracks served up on the four-disc Citizen Steely Dan are more Fagen/Becker than you're in the market for, but the 14 on A Decade of Steely Dan feel skimpy, Showbiz Kids should suffice. Presenting 33 hits of both the AM and FM varieties from 1972 through 1980, the two-disc retrospective provides a reasonably thorough overview for the discerning (if not obsessive) Dan fan. However, given that the deadpan duo sweated the details when assembling their intricate LPs, a fair case can be made that, if the likes of "Dirty Work" or "Don't Take Me Alive" or "Deacon Blues" (to select but three delightfully representative tracks found here) capture one's fancy, the entire remastered, annotated collection beckons one title at a time. For a solid sampling of these Babylon brothers, however, Showbiz Kids delivers the goods. --Steven Stolder

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The digitally remastered sound is crisp to a fault.
R. Gorham
If you've never owned a Steely Dan CD but know the songs, this is a great collection.
If you like the sound of jazz rock, Steely Dan had it.
B. E Jackson

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on May 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
MCA Records produced second-rate Steely Dan compilations with near-perfect timing. Two slipshod, incomplete collections ("Gold" and "A Decade of Steely Dan") greeted the start of the digital music revolution. 1993's box set/tribute album craze brought the exhaustive, unilluminating "Citizen Steely Dan," reshuffling classic music most fans already owned. Many music lovers invested in the CD format to hear Steely Dan's musical precision digitally detailed, yet were mostly unsatisfied.
If MCA had had foresight and sonic clarity 15 years ago to release "Show Biz Kids," this definitive 2CD anthology may have had the evergreen sales Billy Joel's greatest hits collection has been since its 1985 release. Joel flirted and occasionally hit with jazz-flavored hybrid pop, but the Dan (especially main songwriter/architects/iconoclasts Walter Becker and Donald Fagen) connected bebop jazz, doo-wop harmonies, Beatlesque, Spectoresque and bubblegum pop with the avant-garde, making it cynical, romantic and real at once.
Argue with some song choices, despite all chart hits ("Reelin' In The Years," "Peg," "FM," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number") and most beloved FM tracks ("Bad Sneakers," title cuts from "Aja" and "Pretzel Logic," the still-powerful "Dirty Work") sounding their best from Roger "The Immortal" Nichols' engineering on Gary Katz's original productions. (Nichols is addressed a cryptic letter in the set's liner notes). You might have liked hearing the late Jim Hodder on "Midnight Cruiser," or the outright jazz tributes "Parker's Mood" and "East St. Louis Toodle-Loo.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on March 17, 2006
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Steely Dan, as most of you probably know, had a BUNCH of hits, and anyone who grew up in the 70's would tell you that. Many folks are familiar with Steely Dan to the point of having most of their popular material memorized. There was a time when Steely Dan was HUGE, and furthermore, they had a pleasant "fit-for-radio" sound that enabled their music to be played all over America, and that smooth sound of theirs never really changed as the years rolled by. Steely Dan also had a certain magic to their music, whether it was in the songwriting or the experimentation featured on most of their albums, that allowed ALL sorts of people to enjoy their music while at the same time expand their taste.

If you like the sound of jazz rock, Steely Dan had it. If you like smooth 70's rock, Steely Dan had it. If you're a serious music fan who likes lots of genre exploring and memorable songwriting, Steely Dan even had that. They were also easy to listen to, because they knew how to write immediately-enjoyable vocal melodies that were never annoyingly written. They had a lot!

Now, a problem with Steely Dan (a problem that's been around for years, might I add) is trying to find the right greatest hits package that features ALL the appropriate songs that people grew up with and loved (and continue to love). Show Biz Kids works *extremely* well not only as a comprehensive greatest hits package, but also to bring back memories for folks that may have forgotten JUST how many classics Steely Dan were responsible for. And by many I mean MANY. Face it, many people out there right now don't remember songs like "night by night", "the boston rag", "the fez", "don't take me alive", and the list goes on, because those songs are no longer heard on the radio.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By dvdtrkr on January 6, 2005
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This is by far the best "retrospective" they've put out to date, although there are some songs that are missing, but that's to be expected.

My complaints are minor in comparison to the great collection of songs.

If you've never owned a Steely Dan CD but know the songs, this is a great collection.

The first CD takes us from "Can't Buy a Thrill" into "Katy Lied".

The first 9 songs take us through their first 2 albums, "Can't Buy a Thrill" and "Countdown to Ecstasy". "Do It Again" must have been an odd duck on the radio back then, but "Reeling in the Years" is the standout track from that album. "Dirty Work" features a singer that was with them for a short period of time and has been an FM radio staple over the years. "Midnight Cruiser" would be another that I'd have included. "Boston Rag" is also a standout track that was a nice addition. "King of the World" and "Razor Boy" were left off, but "Bodhisattva" and "My Old School" are on there.

"Pretzel Logic" has 4 songs, minus "East St. Louis" which has been included on previous "hits" packages. But instead they included "Night By Night". I do think "Barrytown" would've been the better pick though. "Rikki", their biggest hit, is here.

The last 5 songs on the first CD are from "Katy Lied", which to me was the jumping point to less "rock" and more "smooth jazz", although it still has "Black Friday". "Any World" is the deep cut, "Rose Darling" is the only one that would've been nice to here, but no big deal. "Bad Sneakers", "Dr Wu", and "Chain Lightning" are classics.

The 4 tracks that start off the second CD (which could be classified as "the studio years" are from "Royal Scam".
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