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  • Audio Cassette (7 July 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Uni/Mca
  • ASIN: B000002O0B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. EDE on 27 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Steely Dan albums are ,(like the group) one of those things few people dare to talk about.

At a push most people will be familiar with the hits, "Rikki don't lose that number " and "Reeling in the years" !

Likewise their albums "Aja" and "pretzel logic" are the ones most critics rave about , and don't get me wrong, they are both excellent too. "Gaucho" however is the one that does it for me .

Maybe it is non-commercial, and maybe there are no big "radio friendly" hits........ but in this case thats not a bad thing.

There are no weak, dud, crap, filler tracks at all, every song is great.

The music, the arrangements, the lyrics,the harmonies, and Donald Fagens keyboard playing are all just brilliant.

If you like and apprieciate the music of Steely Dan, then you'll love this album, its one of those easy to listen to feel good albums.

They might be labelled naff and untrendy,.... but if you like them, and this album, you know what to do ....spread the word !
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Conaghan on 5 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the new light of the 2000 release of "Two Against Nature" Steely Dan's previously considered final album now deserves re-evaluation.Following on from the critically acclaimed and near perfection of "Aja" Donald Fagen and Walter Becker found themselves under enormous pressure now they were back in New York (mostly) to record the follow up. Personal and contractual problems aside there appears to be a slight uneasy atmosphere permeating the whole album from the opening attack of electric piano on the favourite to be "Babylon Sisters" on track one to the haunting guitar fills at the fadeout of "Third World Man" that closes the album. As most musicians will testify Steely Dan are renown for their economy and space quite often placing great emphasis on what is left out of the mix as well as the sounds and atmosphere that is created, the "Gaucho" album illustrates this well allowing the melodies room to haunt and linger even though the arrangements are complex the sound becomes neither sparse or busy. Lyrically the references used are as cool as ever "Hey Nineteen that's 'Retha Franklin She don't remember the Queen of Soul" an obvious reference to the age difference between an older man and a younger girl in the radio friendly "Hey Nineteen" and "Johnny's playroom is a bunker filled with sand He's become a third world man" maintain the oblique left of centre word landscape they had become loved for. Twenty years later remastered and re-released what instantly becomes clear is the craftsmanship and care that has gone into this release, songwriting and musicianship second to none it sounds like it cost a million dollars to record which it allegedly nearly did in 1980 and is worth having for no other reason than to play driving in the car, the music will fire your imagination to provide a much more exotic location.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By sam bull on 18 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Admittedly i am only 16 but i do know good music when i hear it and this album is the perfect example of good music. The whole albums laid back feel is so wonderful and i rate it very highly. The song 'Babylon Sisters' has a horn section that is absolutely beautiful and the brass is what makes the song really amazing. 'Hey Nineteen' always makes me smile just because i love the harmonies created by the backing vocalists and also the guitar part in the background of the song is just to die for and i find myself playing it all the time when i pick up my guitar. It is just a catchy song that has a lot of feeling in it. 'Glamour Profession' i always think is too long but it doesnt matter because the chord progression and keyboards are so lovely to listen to that it wont bother most people anyway. The piano that plays at certain points in the song is only made better by the guitar licks and superb drum beat. 'Gaucho' has the best intro on the album in my opinion and i love the run with the horns. However, the verse, although absolutely captivating does get a bit tiring after the 5th listen. The end of the verse though is the best part of the song and the chorus is just sung so soothingly with harmonies between Donald Fagen, Leslie Miller, Valerie Simpson and Patti Austin i believe. This song reminds me of the song which Michael Mcdonald sang on the album Aja by Steely Dan. 'Time Out Of Mind' starts with a cool drum beat and then some awesome guitar licks come in. The lyrics i always rememeber from this song are 'Tonight when i chase the dragon' not because of its lyrical content but the lyrics suddenly kick in and i just love that part of the song. Absolutely brilliant. 'My Rival' i quite often pass by for some reason even though i absolutely adore the song.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John R. Lee on 10 May 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't want to comment on the music - I was hooked years ago - rather I believe I can throw some light on the odd poor review and the importance of your particular SACD system.
On a good quality stereo system to which an early stereo SACD player was added some years ago, both the CD and stereo SACD mixes sound excellent, and almost identical to the original vinyl. Only the typical treble harshness and lack of treble extension of the CD mix (for example on the high cymbals on track 1 which ripple magically into the distance on SACD and vinyl) let it down in comparison to the others.
In contrast, the SACD surround mix sounds terrible on my mid-priced 5.1 system: brittle, dry, and with none of the warmth or body of the stereo mixes. However, crawling round the bass speaker suggests the answer. It is only being passed the almost inaudibly low rumbles and thumps.
The mix appears to be aimed at big surround systems with full range speakers all round. The little surround speakers in my 5.1 system are simply unable to reproduce the lower half of what is being sent to them.
If you have decent speakers, buy this disc. If not, prepare to be disappointed. I shall stick to the stereo mix for the time being.
Update - 10 October 2007 - Decent speakers do transform the 5.1 mix. . . . . .
Spurred on by the above, those home cinema style speakers have now been replaced by five full range, though still relatively compact, hi-fi speakers (as per the official SACD recommendations). The result is even better than I had hoped for, revealing a surround mix which is even more involving than the stereo vinyl I have enjoyed for many years.
Would have changed my rating to 5 stars had the 'edit' process allowed me to.
Go buy this SACD - and five decent speakers if you don't have them already.
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