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Can't Buy A Thrill

Can't Buy A Thrill

November 1, 1972
4.7 out of 5 stars 211 customer reviews

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By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on January 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was a 12 year old with my allowance money burning a hole in my pocket when the alluring strains of "Do It Again" tempted me into buying this on sale for $2.99. (gasp..I'm so old...) Up till that date, my record collection consisted of some teen-pop stuff my mom had given me and some Beatles 45's that my Aunt gave me as hand me downs. Pardon me for waxing nostalgic, but I doubt if I could have possibly picked a finer record to introduce me to seventies rock and roll.
This was a band that took pride in their eccentricities, and still be musically forward enough that even my pre-teen brain could find a way to absorb the quirks. Songs like "Fire In The Hole" and "Kings" were enigmatic enough for me to understand the coolness of it all, and the still stunning guitar solos spiking "Reeling In The Years" satisfied my craving for loudness. Still, at whatever volume this was played at, "Can't Buy A Thrill" held a mysterous appeal that few other bands could match. Blues workouts, jazz influences, and a certain leering know-it-all rock and roll quality laid the groundwork for all the songs here.
"Can't Buy A Thrill" is a stunningly original album, and given where the Dan would eventually lead us, that says a lot.
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Given the breadth, depth, and quality of the Fagen/Becker albums that followed, both collectively and individually, is it heretical to think that their first effort may actually be their best?

I had the pleasure of picking up the remastered disc, which restores the original artwork and liner notes, improves dramatically on the sonics of the MCA cheapie initial release from the late 80s, and has hilarious and insightful new notes from Becker and Fagen, and I have to say this album has grown and matured into an outright, certifiable classic.

Although the hits off the album ("Do it Again," "Reeling") remain as provocative, clever, and satisfying as ever, it's in the album tracks that this album really comes alive.

"Dirty Work," with its plaintive vocals and mournful harmonies, is memorable and touching. "Kings" has driving guitar and menacing lyrics. The off-kilter perspective of very early Fagen/Becker is evident in "Only a Fool Would Say That" and "Fire in the Hole."

Blazing, ringing guitar greets the listener with "Brooklyn" and "Change of the Guard," and the album closes with the lovely, harmonically perfect (and perfectly skewed) "Turn that Heartbeat Over Again."

Throughout, the album is anchored by Fagen's offbeat, angular, slightly atonal grand piano work, which suggests at times Thelonious Monk, at other times early Todd Rundgren. Match that with Becker's active bass, sterling guitar solos, and catchy, memorable melodies and lyrics, and you have one heck of an album.

Though they continued to develop, refine, and originate many more years of tremendous music-making, they didn't do too bad for a first effort. A bargain at this discount price and must-have for any music fan.
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If you are a Steely Dan fan or are completely (and sadly!) unacquainted with Steely Dan, this is a must have CD for your collection. This CD is, in my opinion, some of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's best material. It has the salient hits "Do It Again" and "Reeling In The Years" but it also has the beautiful gems "Dirty Work" and "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again". There are no weak songs on this CD. If you are just getting acquainted with Steely Dan, this is the best CD to start with. If you are already a fan of Steely Dan make room in your collection for this one. This CD delivers satisfaction! Other essential CDs would be Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, Countdown To Ecstasy and The Royal Scam. These are core essential CDs for any Steely Dan collection! I also highly recommend Fagen's solo album The Nightfly. "Can't Buy a Thrill" was ranked number 238 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. David Palmer sang vocals on "Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn" and this is the only Steely Dan album that includes him. Other band members were Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (eventually joined the Doobie Brothers!) guitarist, Denny Dias, a founding member and a very underrated guitarist! and Jim Hodder drummer/percussionist lead vocals on "Midnite Cruiser".Read more ›
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despite spending the bulk of my teen years in the 70's, i did not get around to steely dan albums until the 90's. too bad so much time was lost. life is definitely a bit better with their recordings as a part of it. "can't buy a thrill" is my favorite piece of work by these incredible musicians. the wonderous studio craftsmanship that they display on all of their albums, is here matched with their strongest set of songs. "do it again," "dirty work," "midnight cruiser," "reelin' in the years," "brooklyn," and "change of the guard," are steely dan as the top of their form. the whole thing, in fact, is great. a classic i would suggest you not miss.
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