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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca Int'l
  • ASIN: B000005RVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Hate to admit we've been listening to an old cassette of this for too many years. Finally defected slightly to the digital age and got this cd. Very good price for the volume of hits. Has all the favorites that we know the words to sing along with from my glory days which were years after these hits came out. Good quality. Features my theme songs like Dr. Woo, Haitian Divorce, Old School, and other songs we can't pronounce. Profound lyrics still amuse me and stimulate thoughts, conversation and impersonations. "I was searching for the taste you said you'd bring to me" - found it in this collection. Enjoy, SD fans!
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When I was in high school, back about 1990, I had only recently upgraded to CDs and still had a lot of music on vinyl. One weekend I raided my folks' records looking for some Zeppelin and some Stones, or at least some Edgar Winter. After realizing, sadly, that my parents' musical tastes didn't get much more recent than the Kingston Trio, I found this album down at the end and decided to give it a listen. I immediately fell for the first two songs, Do It Again and Reelin' In The Years. The rest of the album sounded odd, a mix of adult pop and modern jazz, with esoteric lyrics to boot. Still, it was different from the hair metal that permeated popular radio because they wouldn't play any REAL metal, and I listened a lot. I let my records go and later regretted that, and though I was able to replace most on CD, this collection wasn't reissued. This CD is an import, but it replicates the vinyl I stupidly let go. All these years later and I still enjoy it. As greatest hits collections go, this one isn't bad, but because it is an early set, nothing from Gaucho on is included, though Here At The Western World makes the list. Other, later collections are more thorough, but this one has sentiment only its side for me.
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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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