Steely Dan - Greatest Hits Import
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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.
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...
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.
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This is a great collection of Steely Dan songs, yet I feel they might have not used the original master when they made this disc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not nearly what I expected. None of the rocking jams on this cd. I didn`t like it at all.Published 10 months ago by Fishing 1