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The notion of a Steely Dan greatest-hits collection is suspect at best, if only because their biggest public successes ("Reelin' in the Years" from Can't Buy a Thrill, Prezel Logic's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and Aja's "Peg") are also in many ways their least typical. Indeed, after the craft-conscious Thrill, the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen showed an almost perverse penchant for swimming against the prevailing pop current, despite the protestations of numbskull critics who Didn't Get It in a big way. That said, here's the duo's best-known public works and radio fodder (including all of the above), a sampler that will satisfy the hit-hungry and tempt the less acquainted to sample B&F's more colorful musical adventures. --Jerry McCulley
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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A truly comprehensive must-have Steely Dan collection would fill two or, more likely, three CDs. It's just impossible to cram all the vital cuts from the Dan's career onto one disc. But this one has the major American hits (excepting Grammy-winner "Cousin Dupree" from their later Two Against Nature album...though I can't really say it was a "hit"; really, the Academy was just guiltily giving the Dan their long long long long long overdue statuettes). It's well-sequenced and it sounds great.

Recommended for the casual Steely Dan fan, or for a friend who's only heard a few tunes in passing. There's enough here to further whet your appetite if you've got one. If you already know you like all these songs, go straight to the Citizen Steely Dan box set.

Collectors take note: There are two versions of the song "F.M." The one on this disc ends with a guitar solo, whereas the version on Steely Dan Gold and Citizen Steely Dan ends with a sax solo. Both are great.
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If any of you out there have read my review for the new Steely Dan album, "Two against Nature," I mention this album as my introduction to SD, back when my parents played it during car rides when I was younger. I eventually bought it myself, and then got the "Citizen Steely Dan" box set to complete my collection. After getting the box set, I thought I'd never listen to "Decade" again, but I still play it every now and then, which definitely says something about this collection. There's just something about these undisputed classic songs in the arrangement that they appear on this CD that makes for a great listen. Hearing "Boddisatva," followed by "Hey Nineteen," running into "Do it again"...this order may sound strange, but the album just flows perfectly. And "Bad Sneakers" is a great closing song, which one wouldn't expect because it is the second track on "Katy Lied." Definitely one of the best "hits" collections out there, and fine introduction to Steely Dan. And as an added bonus, you will keep listening to it for a long time!
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By A Customer on March 29, 2000
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This is the first SD cd I've purchased and completely enjoy almost every song. For a casual fan, I think it's a fine compilation -- how could you go wrong with FM, Black Friday, Deacon Blues, Hey Nineteen, Do It Again, Peg, Rikki, Reeling, Kid, and My Old School on the same CD? Steely Dan offers a rare combination of smooth, fun, well-composed, and dynamic music. This album is sure to entice you buy more.
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They did such a great job re-mastering this album! The original CD was so flat. This one has so much range that really brings out the instruments and background vocals. You definately want to replace your old CD with this one.
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By A Customer on June 27, 1998
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Though they were never a singles (or touring) band, Steely Dan created some of the most memorable rock recordings in the 70s. The bad news is that this collection sells itself short, offering only a small slice of Steely Dan's magnitude. Fans will not find "Show Biz Kids," "The Fez," "Pretzel Logic," "Josie," or "Time Out of Mind," all of which hit the charts. It's unknown why such trifles as "Babylon Sisters," "East St. Louis Toodle-OO" and "Bad Sneakers" made the grade when more worthy songs could have been placed in their stead. Still, casual fans will not be disappointed.
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I am not a dedicated or particularly knowledgeable listener to Steely Dan, although I have both of Donald Fagen's solo LP's. However, growing up I always loved hearing their songs on the radio. This collection has all of the hits I have been looking for, including "Hey Nineteen" and the classic "Peg." I've also found a new favorite: the melancholy "Deacon Blues." Any music fan would do well to buy this set.
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Steely Dan, a definitive soft rock/ jazz rock group, have had a lot of greatest hits/ best of compilations released over the years with a lot of recycling of the same tracks. "A Decade of Steely Dan" was originally released in 1985, & it manages to somewhat stand apart from other Dan compilations such as "Gold" and the 1978 "Greatest Hits". With Steely Dan's 1972-1980 output being, in general, so astonishingly consistent and filled with brilliant songs, plus the fact that their biggest hits do tend to rank among their best work, it's pretty hard to screw things up when assembling a Steely Dan greatest hits/ best of. The tracks on "Decade" are not presented in chronological order, however there is at least one track from each of their '72-'80 albums, & with the track selection being as as strong as it is, this is a great listen and an effective overview of their career. The only inclusion that's particularly questionable is the Duke Ellington/ Bubber Miley-penned instrumental "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"--yes, I like it, & it's certainly clever, but it's a questionable choice when such total Dan classics as "Any Major Dude Will Tell You", "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)", and "Haitian Divorce", among many others, are missing in action. Still, like I said, this is an effective overview of a band who had boundless creativity when it came to sophisticated, arresting compositions.Read more ›
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