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Gaucho [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Steely Dan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B00004YX39
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Hey Nineteen (Album Version) 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Glamour Profession (Album Version) 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The multi-platinum success of Aja made Steely Dan, the musical conceit of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, a household name. But that prosperity came bundled with a fateful triple-whammy for rock's dyspeptic duo: unrealistic commercial expectations, a critical backlash spawned by punk's nascent mewling, and the long-simmering meltdown of their artistic partnership. But the cool, perfect sheen of 1980's Gaucho tipped its hand to none of it. Ironically, those fashion victims who sniffed up their sleeves at Don and Walt's decadence-tinged Me Decade manifesto couldn't have had a clue that just maybe their songs' typically oblique protagonists had uncomfortably blurred from the third person to the first this time around. At least that's what Becker and Fagen hint at in their typically smart-assed notes to this digitally remastered, definitive edition (all original artwork and printed lyrics restored) of the final album before their 20-year hiatus. Pristine and sonically polished (three years and seven studios worth), time has served Gauchowell--like sour grapes well. Even its sense of laconic detachment now seems but a logical bridge to the two-decade removed Dan of Two Against Nature. To their credit, Becker and Fagen didn't trash the first half of Steely Dan's legacy on Gaucho, they simply burnished it to oblivion. --Jerry McCulley

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan's Swansong Deserves Re-evaluating. 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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " Just Fantastic" 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaucho-one of Dan`s Finest 4 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I could not dissagree more with your second review, the sound from this SACD is absolutely fantastic. I have been a passionate HI-FI fan before this album was even in conception and on my current system it achieves levels of clarity I have rarely heard, this coupled with a 1st class musical performance rates as one of my all time favourite albums-a must for any fans !!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SD production does it again. 5 Nov 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Another example of why Fagen & Becker are/were the masters of the sound studio. The SACD remix of Gaucho is spectacular. No fancy surround sound gymnastics here. Just a rich blend of fullsome sounds, especially the use of wide horn sections and backing vocals. The original producer/engineer, Elliot Scheiner (guru of the surround sound world), who also remixed this new version of Gaucho should be applauded for this masterpiece of remixing. The DVD-A releases of SD's recent albums are very good, but this blast from their past outshines them both. Great songs, great musicians, great album. Lets hope they can find all the original master tapes of Aja, and rework their magic again.
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arrived on time, pleased with item
Published 2 months ago by shelley price
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best example of the pure West Coast sound
I think this is probably their best album and IMHO possibly the best example of a pure West Coast sound from the 70's.
Published 2 months ago by S. Keegan
3.0 out of 5 stars SACD
Great 5.1 mix, makes the most of the SACD medium, highly recommended for Steely Dan with SACD players, enjoy the medium
Published 2 months ago by Chris Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
not my usual music, but not much sacd available. this is very entertaining and demonstrates what the sacd format is capable of.
Published 3 months ago by pde
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure
Not sure if this is my kind of music will have to listen to it a some more so only 3 stars..
Published 3 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars love the band & their music 6
I would recommend this to others, listened to the music years ago was very refreshing to hear it again today
Published 5 months ago by Graham Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan Gaucho DTS Audio DVD
Having been blown away by the imported dvd audio of David Crosby's debut solo album I risked £50 on one of my all time fav albums by Steely Dan... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sealy
5.0 out of 5 stars Surround sound magic
I'm one of the small band that collects SACDs and DVDAs and I guess I've probably got about 50 or so of the two types - I'm quite selective (and let's face it, these discs, apart... Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Moose
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome SACD
One of my favorite Dan albums which sounds even better in 5.1 SACD. Brilliant demonstrator disc if you have a good AV set up !
Published 8 months ago by Paul Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Steely Dan Gaucho
I purchased Gaucho in its SACD release to compare it with the ordinary CD version. I listened the SACD but in the simple stereo layer and compared with the CD. Read more
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