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Steely Dan - Greatest Hits Import


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Import-only reissue of this career retrospective, originally released on LP and cassette in the U.S in 1978. The duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker created some of the classiest, most sophisticated pop music of the 70's. Their compositions are so musically complex and fascinating that the Julliard actually offers a class devoted to their music. Features all 18 tracks from the original release, including `Do It Again', 'Reeling In The Years', 'Bodhisattva', 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number', 'Any Major Dude (Will Tell Ya)','Here At The Western World' (originally issued only as a B-side), 'Doctor Wu', 'Black Friday', `Peg' and 'Josie'. Universal.

1. Do It Again
2. Reeling In The Years
3. My Old School
4. Bodhisattva
5. Show Biz Kids
6. East St. Louis Toodle-oo
7. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
8. Pretzel Logic
9. Any Major Dude
10. Here At The Western World
11. Black Friday
12. Bad Sneakers
13. Doctor Wu
14. Haitian Divorce
15. Kid Charlemagne
16. The Fez
17. Peg
18. Josie

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 3, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca Int'l
  • ASIN: B000005RVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By finulanu on September 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At first glance, you may think, "Wow! Eighteen tracks! This is pretty good!" It is, actually, and it's a lot better than Decade of Dan. However, the problems set in quickly. For instance, the compilation makers obviously don't know there are more good songs on CBT than Do It Again and Reelin' in the Years! At least Dirty Work, if not Kings, should be included. The Countdown to Ecstasy material's good, but what about Boston Rag and Your Gold Teeth? The Pretzel Logic material is strong, other than the absence of Monkey In Your Soul. Any World would've been welcome, but the Katy Lied selections are good. But what about Don't Take Me Alive, from Royal Scam? How about Royal Scam's title track? Thankfully, the selections are strong. Peg...I don't really like Peg, I'm obviously the only Danfan who thinks that way, but oh well. Josie's good, but I could've swapped both for Deacon Blues and Home At Last myself.

This was released a bit before Gaucho, which explains the lack of superb tracks Hey Nineteen and Babylon Sisters. At least they skipped Time out of Mind.

So, do you get this, Decade of Dan or Show Biz Kids? It's all about the money. If you don't want to, or can't, spend much, Decade of Dan should be where you go. If you have a bit more money but still are on a tight budget, here. If you've got a lot of cash, lend me some and check out Show Biz Kids. You could also cheat and buy Citizen Steely Dan, but that costs a small fortune. You could also buy the albums, particularly their first five (Can't Buy a Thrill, Countdown to Ecstasy, Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, Royal Scam), if you really wanted to go deep.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By gazinko on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I know, you're still picturing that big groovy 2-record set you had back in the 70's, with the drink rings on it and the slightly pungent smell when the gatefold was opened...

But face it - those days are over. Do you see any records for sale on Amazon? No. Don't live in the past. If you have to use cd's (well, at least if you're stuck shopping here), make sure you're taking advantage of what they have to offer. There's a pretty stellar 2 disc set titled _Show-Biz Kids_ that only costs a few bucks more than this vaguely overpriced relic, and sounds a whole lot better. Not to mention that it covers a lot more of the group's musical achievements. And if you're a casual fan, thinking that might be more than you'd want to own, trust me - the odds are far greater of the purchase leading to further acquisitions than of it feeling like overkill. The music is just that good. Or if you're really ready to take me at my word, you *could* just start buying the albums... _Pretzel Logic_ and _Aja_ are real winners... or start anywhere, really...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C.J. S. on January 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I originally purchased this album as a cassette tape in Bangkok, Thailand. The cassette has become worn and now unusable after repeated use over the past several years and it's time to by the CD. I believe that this is an excellent compilation of great Steely Dan songs from the 1970's. I was Class of 75 (high school) and so this collection of songs has significant meaning for me living thru those years. I believe you will enjoy this outstanding selection as much as I do. Best Regards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This Steely Dan is a must have for music fans who just got in to Steely Dan! Every song is a highlight on the CD, but maybe they could have remasted but who cares! Even though it is an import, and you'll pay more for it, you get what you expected for your money! Classic Steely Dan! This is a better compolation than "Decade of Steely Dan", minus such other classics like "FM", "Deacon Blues", and probably, that's all!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur C. Hurwitz on February 16, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I have heard all of these songs on other records, casettes, CD's or whatever. But that one extra song enclosed on this alblum, "Here at the Western World" is worth its price for what is essentially great but redundant material.
I love all these songs but that one extra song adds a necessary shade to my appreciation of the Steely Dan corpus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Boy on August 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I, personally, love Steely Dan. Blending jazzy sounds together with great rock sounds is a classic combination. If you want the best and nothing but the best, 'Greatest Hits' is the way to go!

Every song here is a classic. 'Peg,' 'FM,' 'Here In The Western World,' 'Do It Again' and 'Bad Sneakers' are all here. An MCA import release, the sound quality is excellent.

I have one question, though. Why did they include the instrumental Duke Ellington cover of 'East St. Louis Toddle-Oo' and not the classic 8-minute masterpiece 'Aja'? Come on! I have yet to find a compilation besides the box set 'Citizen Steely Dan' that includes that song. Frustrating? Yes. But, they did do a good job covering it.

Overall, if you want a good entry point into the music of Steely Dan or if you are a casual fan who wants nothing but the basics, 'Steely Dan: Greatest Hits' is a great option. This was originally released in 1979, but according to the product description, was released on CD as an import in 1994.

Highly recommended for any Steely Dan fan. This is a great album that has the hits and nothing but the hits! All of these songs are classics.

ENJOY!!!
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