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Countdown To Ecstasy [Original recording remastered]

Steely Dan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00000DI0J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The only element of sophomore slump in Steely Dan's second album was the disappointing sales response upon its initial release in 1974. Musically, Countdown to Ecstasy is even stronger than the Dan's terrific debut, pushing the musical envelope with more complex jazz harmonies and intricate time signatures, and carrying their lyrics into even more shadowy realms peppered with sci-fi imagery and street-level slang. The songs are stunning, from the opening blast of "Boddhisattva", a Zen boogie fuelled by Denny Dias's and Jeff Baxter's angular, bopping guitars, to the post-nuclear apocalypse of "King of the World". In between, they deliver the one-two punch of "Show Biz Kids", with its perfect snapshot of affluent decadence, and "My Old School", in which college daze is remembered through a collision of staccato guitar and blazing horns. --Sam Sutherland

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Digitally remastered! 1973 album, now with liner notes and expanded artwork.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great American Album 2 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
It is indeed a fantastic record, taking the brilliant blueprint which was Can't Buy A Thrill, tightening it up and adding ingredient X - Donald Fagen's vocals - unconventional but right on the money for these songs. At this stage the Dan were still mining a rich seam of great tunes - the well would dry up around Katy Lied and for me they would come to rely overmuch on increasingly dry and sophisticated musicianship. Here the musical brilliance and the songs are in perfect balance. So too is the trademark cynical wit and the often-overlooked heart and soul - acid a-plenty in songs like Show Biz Kids, but Pearl of the Quarter (to name but one) is a beautiful song.
First heard this album when I was fourteen, 30 years ago. It still comes up as fresh now as the day I first heard it. If anything, it gets richer. No collection should be without one.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album 26 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album has a very raw energetic feel to it and even manages to surpass the (very high) standards set by Can't Buy a Thrill. You get the impression they enjoyed recording this one - just listen to the guitar-work on Bodhisatva, Boston Rag, My Old School and King of The World - this is musicianship of the highest order, not forgetting session man Rick Derringer's outstanding slide guitar performance on Show Biz Kids. Fagen produces his most flambuoyant keyboard playing on any Steely Dan album on Bodhisatva and Your Gold Teeth - check out Becker's bass-line on the same track too and Jim Hodder's drumming is excellent throughout. Its perhaps a shame Fagen and Becker broke up this line-up after Pretzel Logic. As with any Dan album, Countdown to Ecstasy has their trademark cynical lyrics, especially on tracks like Showbiz Kids and Razor Boy, whilst the obscure references in Your Gold Teeth keep you intrigued. This is an essential album for all Steely Dan fans, and a good introduction to the band's work for those yet to discover the Dan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstasy indeed! 1 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Later Dan has its advocates - Ian MacDonald, for one, argues strongly for the merits of `Gaucho' in his very fine `The People's Music' - but I belong to the `first 3 albums are the best' fraternity. Unlike `Katy Lied', which, for me, marks the beginning of the Dan's decline, there's not one ounce of filler on this record. A much more cohesive affair than `Thrill', the Dan's second album benefits from having a singular vocalist and, unlike the slick, session-man concoctions of the later years, is greatly enhanced by being the product of a working band (+ illustrious guests). The record is packed with musical incident and variety: the vibes on `Razor Boy', the Rhodes workout on `Your Gold Teeth', slide guitar on `Show Biz Kids', synth on `King of the World', etc. The Dan make a virtue out of combining mordant lyrics with a jaunty `beat', the superb `Razor Boy' being a case in point. But top honours go to `King of the World'. Easily passed over at the back end of the album, this is surely one of the Dan's finest creations. Written from the point of view of a post-nuclear survivor, the lyrics are bleak, yet not without the customary wit - `Watch the sun go brown/Smoking cobalt cigarettes' - and the upbeat arrangement, oddly enough, works with rather than against the `story'. I find it all rather moving in an unsentimental kind of way.

Anyone thoroughly cheesed off with the Kaiser Chiefs/Arctic Monkeys/Scouting for Girls hegemony and U2/Coldplay-style corporate rock would do well to give this a spin. Not all 70's stuff involved sticking knives into Hammond organs or writing `meaningful' lyrics about goblins and the like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three two one ecstasy 19 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
'Countdown To Ecstasy' may rank as the second and last of Steely Dan's best albums, but it seems to me to be the link between the rock of 'Can't Buy A Thrill' and the more diverse approach of later albums. The songs and the music suggest a greater level of ambition. There are no hits of the stature of 'Reelin' In The Years' and I slightly prefer the first album, but there are moments of peerless magnificence here: the aching suspense of 'Boston Rag,' and the fluidity of the ode to Eastern philosophy, 'Bodhisattva,' for instance. The move toward jazz, funk and Latin influences is marked by 'Your Gold Teeth.' Yet it is 'Show Biz Kids' and 'My Old School' that characterise their gifts, the former a biting, starkly original recording, featuring an unnervingly insistent chant, the latter an infectious, melodic, Latin brass-backed extravaganza. 'Pearl Of The Quarter' suffers a little for following these tracks, but in truth there are no makeweights on 'Countdown To Ecstasy,' and of course the musicianship is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite album 11 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have benn passionate about rock/pop music since the age of 5, right from the Beatles, Stones, Purple,Zeppelin, Hoople, Little Feat, Punk, Talking Heads, Grunge etc. and in all that time nothing has surpassed the lasting brilliance of Steely Dan's second album.A friend played it to me soon after it was released and I thought it hard work compared to other stuff around at the time, but I stuck with it. Every track slowly reveals itself to be a masterpiece of melody ,atmosphere and great playing, especially if you love the sound of guitars.Tracks to take to your grave include Showbiz Kids and My Old School,but like all the truly great albums,this has no duff tracks and sounds as fantastic now as it did 30 years ago.Do yourself a favour and add it to your collaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont ignore this gem
This album tends to be overlooked in Steely Dan history, the second album that contained no hit tracks, and before the shift in direction that the 3rd album took. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Cavern19
5.0 out of 5 stars fab!
replaced copy loaned to a friend..brilliant..stands the test of time!
So good at what they do - buy them all!
Published 2 months ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album
This replaces my vinyl and cassette versions, so I can now add these tracks to my favourites on my MP3 player
Published 3 months ago by Mike's view
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm fairly ecstatic!
The follow-up to 'Can't Buy A Thrill does not have the same depth of quality as its predecessor but it's pretty good all the same. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Reeling in those years
Got the LP, now the unscratched CD. Loved it then, love it now. Steely Dan should never have grown older and drowned themselves into boredom.
Published 7 months ago by springfox13
5.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy
I had this in the 70's on vinyl. Someone borrowed my copy and never returned.

I'd forgotten how good it was. Superb stuff. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Chrome Dildos
Hippie music at its very best just smoke the weed, relax(like you'd have a choice) and enjoy the music man!
Published 18 months ago by Gary Wishart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
I had this as a record, so I already knew it was a great listen. Now I can play it in the car too. Highly recomended to anybody who likes lyrical music with a bit of bite.
Published 18 months ago by John Barclay
5.0 out of 5 stars See how they roll
From the first exultant, fast-paced track Bodhisattva, with Jeff `Skunk` Baxter excelling himself on guitar - and what a truly great guitarist he was and is - we know this is no... Read more
Published 24 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply is THEIR BEST ALBUM
Being an avid listener to Steely Dan for sometime I was quite suprised this one had slipped by me. Little did I know that what began as a long car journey during a winters... Read more
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