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Can't Buy a Thrill Limited Edition, SHM-CD, Import

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B0017W7EM2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do It Again
2. Dirty Work
3. Kings
4. Midnight Cruiser
5. Only a Fool Would Say That
6. Reelin' in the Years
7. Fire in the Hole
8. Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)
9. Change of the Guard
10. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
For those put off by Steely Dan's later efforts, finding them a bit too jazzy or soft rock, I say this: play this first. This is the sound of Steely Dan the band. Not only Becker and Fagen, old hands at songwriting (one of the reasons for the high quality of tunes and no sign of the 'patchy first album syndrome' associated with most bands) already and masters of the bass and piano respectively, but also virtuoso guitarist and dungaree wearer extraordinaire Denny Dias, drummer Jim Hodder (RIP) and rock guitar freak Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter. The latter two are responsible for providing a much earthier sound on this album than its successors (they only appear on this and Countdown to Ecstasy in full, plus fleeting moments on Pretzel Logic). As a result, Becker and Fagen's witty literate repartee is twinned with some sinewy guitar work and exotic instrumentation- how many hit singles other than Do It Again do you know that have an electric sitar, latin percussion and a slide ribbon organ?
The songs of course are excellent- anyone who has heard these tracks (the melancholic minor key Midnite Cruiser, hit single Do It Again, the soft jazz horns of Dirty Work, the triumphant sound of Brooklyn and the delicate unfathomable Turn That Heartbeat Over Again) couldn't say otherwise- bands kill for songs like these on their third or fourth albums. Exquisitely arranged for a rock band and all the players bar Becker (whose bass is rock steady throughout) have a chance to shine, and show that for the project of it's main songwriters, the original Dan lineup was a tight band. Additional instrumentation by outside players (soon to be a Steely Dan trademark) is minimal here, with only percussion, horns on Dirty Work and Elliot Randall's solo on Reelin' In The Years being apparent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Baird on 9 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I agree with those who put this forward as the best of all Becker and Fagen's output in that marvellous run of albums. There is a charm and innocence about this that would be lost in subsequent recordings, where the sardonic lip curl and sheer density of the production could get in the way. There is a real High School feel to Can't Buy a Thrill that really draws you in; to a world of growing up, of first experience and innocence just lost, of an America 'before the fall'; and before the smart-ass cynicism of later Dan albums that chronicle and reflect the corporatisation of the 1970's music business. I never tire of listening to this and it's been with me for most of my adult life, always sounding fresh and surrendering new discoveries every time I dig it out. Its simplicity gives it the edge over later albums where they sometimes attempted to turn too many tricks. I particularly like the vocals of David Palmer that balance and leaven Fagen's hipster drawl, and I miss his contribution on other Dan recordings. The highlight for me, among a whole album of highlights, is the enigmatic Brooklyn, sung by Palmer, with distant echoes of the Gatsby generation ghosting around it. The cover gives the clue that this is their most imaginative, colourful and cinematic work, which gives the listener free rein to spin dreams out of the rich world conjured by those masters of sophisticated rock, Becker and Fagen and their inspired cast of musicians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Willard on 13 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Steely Dan's first is full of great tunes and playing, but it seems to me to be more of a demo than a real homogenous album. 'We can do this!', they seem to be saying, 'and how about this! And wait till you hear the next one'. It's all great - but it doesn't really hang together as a complete work.

David Palmer was a fine singer, but I get the feeling he was nothing more than a Trojan Horse to get them signed by the record company. He got a couple of songs on here and then was unceremoniously booted out - can you really hear him singing anything on `Countdown To Ecstasy'? (`Pearl Of The Quarter' I suppose, at a push). Donald Fagen may be less technically accomplished - but he is the `voice' of the Dan.

Anyway enough of this cavilling - from the slinky sinuousness of `Do It Again', the simple beauty of 'Dirty Work', the droll faux nostalgia of `Midnite Cruiser' to, of course, `that' guitar on `Reelin' In The Years (how many times have you heard it? Doesn't it still sound great?), it's a superb collection of songs - still not a proper `album' though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By davey boy on 3 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Im an English 35 yr old guy who became hooked on Hall and Oates and ELO at 15yrs old.

So you can already guess at the type of music I like. I find modern music (RnB especially) absolute tosh. Full of talentless commercial fame greedy chavs who produce tuneless rubbish. There, i said it.

I desperately needed a new music fix. A 6o yr old man had recommended Steely dan to me when I was about 23. Steely who? Thought nothing of it. Didn't really have proper internet back then and didn't want to blow a tenner on some random recommendation off someone as old as my Grandad.

Then i finally downloaded Spotify and listened to Steely Dan's 'reeling through the years' and 'dirty work'. I instantly ordered Cant buy a thrill. What a flamin good album. Great vocals, catchy tunes, great range of instruments used. I was addicted to 'only a fool could say that' and it literally would not leave my head.

Im so glad to have found a proper band again with exactly the type of music I enjoy. And whats more, there are loads more of their albums I can get.

Will buy their albums in the order made. Pretty excited.

Note: Despite what I just said, I just heard a few tunes off Nightfly - and that got the 'instant Amazon purchase' aswell. That Donald Fagen knows what he's doing doesnt he?

Top stuff. If you appreciate 'proper bands, catchy tunes, original vocals' then buy this.
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