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5.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan for Guitar Lovers, May 20, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Royal Scam (Audio CD)
Die hard rock fans who cringe at the sound of horn sections and piano solos often dismiss Steely Dan with comments such as, "but they're JAZZ," as though uttering a dirty word. I think The Royal Scam would be a good place to begin for those who may be willing to give Fagen and Becker another chance. Try the following: program Kid Charlemagne, Don't Take Me Alive, The Fez, and Green Earrings on your CD player, put on your headphones, pump up the volume, and by the end of the last track you'll be in air guitar heaven! Then start playing the entire CD from beginning to end several times in a row (it is designed as a concept album), listen to the lyrics carefully (it can be like poetry, obscure but worth the effort of interpretation), and I'll bet (like so many of my at-first resistant friends), you'll become a convert, ready to try more of their recordings (perhaps Countdown to Ecstacy would be a good next choice). Steely Dan's music is NOT jazz (although they have fused its elements into their sound seamlessly), but like the best jazz (not the "smooth" psuedo-fusion variety), it may at first seem too complex or disjointed to an ear accustomed to and expecting the easy pleasures of formulaic top 40 hits. But once the Dan's music has insinuated itself deep into your system (mind, heart, and soul), the intoxicating pleasures that it ultimately does give up will never grow tired, dated or stale. Steely Dan is timeless. Trust me!
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2009 5:30:04 PM PST
What a spot on, well written review.
Bravo.
Yes, what he said.
Never gets old. Supreme, sublime excellence never does!

Posted on May 10, 2011 12:16:32 PM PDT
Agreed - what a great review of a great album.
I love this album, and Larry Carlton just smokes on guitar. Love the "Don't Take Me Alive" solo. To support the reviewers point, Dan took the unusual step of starting the song with the solo - it's that type of twist on basic song structure that makes their music a little more interesting than typical 4/4 verse verse chorus top 40 stuff

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 1:04:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 19, 2015 9:57:19 AM PDT
Has always been my favorite Becker/Fagen production from the 70's to the present and I went crazy for "Aja" and played the hell out of "Gaucho" to boot. My all-time favorite Dan recording ("Scam")!!
MOA

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2015 9:30:31 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2015 9:54:00 AM PDT
You are so "on it" Steven D. it makes my heart sing!!
MOA
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