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Can't Buy A Thrill

13 July 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 MCA Records Inc.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 40:57
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  • ASIN: B001KSF8C6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,743 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 29 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 T. Baker on 5 Jan 2008
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Walter Becker & Donald Fagen, chief members & songwriters of Steely Dan, apparently do not rate this, the group's 1972 debut, very highly, dismissing it as purely 'formative.'
As a mere listener, however, I discern much more: 'if you listen, you can hear it' - depth, range, variety, style, structure, poetry, and, above all, that elusive element which gradually diminished as their career flourished - melody, here at a consistently high level throughout the 10 tracks.
Consistency is equally evident in the lyrics, the theme of REPETITION being echoed again & again - 'you go back, Jack, do it again', 'you have sent the maid home early, like a thousand times before', 'ring out the past - his name lives on', 'for one more time let your madness run with mine', 'you've been telling me you're a genius since you were seventeen', etc etc.
DO IT AGAIN, the album's opening & most enduring track, is a particularly hypnotic & infectious slice of urban frenzy, with a monotonous undertone - an anthem of our times, if ever there was one. The protagonist (actually YOU, suggesting WE) commits a crime ('you go gunning for the man who stole your water'), gets caught ('they catch you at the border'), is let off ('the hangman isn't hanging') & promptly goes out and 'does it again.' Sound familiar? Subsequent verses tell of lies, gambling, betrayal & grudging acknowledgment - a pattern of (mis)behaviour that serves to create a vicious circle (the infernal 'wheel turning round & round').
Other tracks offer similar scenarios, where past experiences & present predicaments meet head-on in ways the listener cannot fail to recognise & feel challenged by:
DIRTY WORK - 'I'm a fool to do your dirty work.' Moral: don't let people use you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE on 26 July 2006
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Where has this type of music gone? Smart lyrics, artfully composed tuneful songs, instrumental virtuosity. Steely Dan's 1972 debut was way before its time and remains fresh and challenging today as a standard for pop music. The Dan have never bettered Thrill, although Countdown to Ecstasy, Pretzel Logic and Aja come pretty close. Thrill features two modern rock standards that everyone knows - Do It Again and Reeling in the Years - they got lots of airplay in spite of being more than 3 minutes in length with extended guitar solos, but every track is catchy and memorable showing a range of rock, blues, jazz and Latin beat. What Fagen's vocals lack in musicality they more than make up with irony, phrasing and style and the baxter/ dias guitar partnership (with elliott randall guesting) is awesomely powerful. There are lots of quirky Becker/Fagen originals - Dirty Work and Brooklyn superb melodic ballads sung by david palmer with fagen on keyboard, to the uptempo rockier Kings and Change of the Guard. Dan were undoubtedly the coolest band of their day and their work remains accessible to pop and serious rock listeners alike. Check it out. File under "indispensibly smooth".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carole on 3 April 2007
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If this album just contained "Reelin' in the years" and "Do it again" plus dross it would still be worth buying, but it doesn't. It is 100% brilliant. Every track is a gem, there is always something new to hear and enjoy.

One of the great debut albums and a collection that stands the test of time.

Whenever I hear the intro to "Reelin'" I just smile. Sheer heaven.
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