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Kamakiriad [CD]

Donald Fagen Audio CD
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Donald Fagen was one of the two masterminds behind Steely Dan, the seminal jazz-pop band of the '70s. Fagen's solo work has been a continuation of the band's work of the early '80s -- carefully constructed and arranged, intricately detailed pop songs that are more substantial than their stylish surface may indicate. His 1982 solo debut, ... Read more in Amazon's Donald Fagen Store

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  • Audio CD (24 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002MIY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Any major dude will tell you that this immaculate jazz-pop collection sounds like it could have been recorded mere months, not 11 years, after The Nightfly. A Steely Dan LP in all but name, Fagen and Walter Becker offer killer horn charts, lite-funk grooves, airy guitar riffs and hipster sci-fi lyrics. --Jeff Bateman

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling collection of songs 5 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am always amazed by the still overlooked songwriting skills of Fagen. His voice is, to be flattering, distinctive, and any lesser material, and any lesser arrangements, would probably die from the weight of carrying his idiosyncratic scratchings. However, with his creative talents, the voice only adds to the over-all genius of what he does. It is as if he creates every note as you hear it, and so you want to hear it again and again. Please enjoy this album, which deserves to be appreciated without constant comparison to his work with Steely Dan. The juxtaposition of the two ouvres is indeed fascinating, but at least once just enjoy the music.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY MR DONALD FAGEN!!!!!!!! 8 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This record may just be unique, in that it is the only album I have ever heard, which actually sounds like the perfect soundtrack to a film. based on a J G Ballard type science fiction book, which has never been made! ( although if you're interested in trying to sell the concept Donald, I can have a script ready in a couple of weeks!). An even weirder concept to get your head around is that this could easily be the soundtrack to a very smart and cool sci fi book, without even needing the film. Look I know what I mean and if you already know the album, what I'm saying will sound like perfect common sense.
Concept albums were so passe by the nineties, that it was an extremely brave and confident man who could put out an album which was made up of tableaux from some future world. The 'Kamakiriad'in question is some kind of jet propelled, motor vehicle, which is still top of my Christmas list every year, along with a dvd of Abel Gance's film 'Napoleon', in it's entirety.
I could go on about the brilliant musicianship, the memorable hooks and the exquisite back up vocals, but you'd expect nothing less from anything produced by Fagen. I hate track by track reviews but 'Snowbound' and 'Drive into Springtime' are particular favourites.
Donald Fagen is truly the Nadia Komanech of rock, in that I cannot remember him turning in a record, which was significantly less than perfect.'Kamakiriad'continued that tradition for me, even though I remember it getting a pretty unanimous slagging at the time (I was the only Danfan I knew, who liked it!)Is Donald Fagen a God? No, but he could certainly give Achilles a run for his money!
PS. isn't 'Everything Must Go' brilliant and hasn't 'The Things I Miss the Most' made all the 'Best of....' compilations redundant, yet again?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No longer gathering dust! 28 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
I must admit I bought Kamakiriad shortly after it first came out - stuck it into the CD player and was hugely disappointed after one play. It certainly wasn't The Nightfly..or Gaucho..or Aja...or...well you get my drift! Anyhow, it got filed away on the 'shelf of no return' where similar titles sit gathering dust.

But a few months ago I finally collected all the Steely Dan CDs on remastered reissues and started playing them every night while I was preparing supper. So for some reason I thought I'd give the dust gatherer another shot and must admit it started to grow on me, albeit slowly. So I played it the following few nights and it dawned on me that I was really enjoying this relative Fagen flop. Now, it's a regular on my playlist and to be honest I can't quite understand why it didn't appeal on first play.

I do think that it is one of those that needs a little time to fully 'get' and maybe the MOR muzak impression it first gives can be a little off-putting. If you leap into this after liking Can't Buy a Thrill or Pretzel Logic then it probably will leave a bad impression, but if you ease into the whole back catalogue, it won't seem quite so different. Great standout tracks to my ears are: Snowbound, Florida Room, Tomorrow's girls and On the Dunes. I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because, despite my lavishing praise on it, it still isn't quite The Nightfly - mind you, what is!

A bit like this album, Everything Must Go and Morph the Cat aren't instant hits on first play, but please persist with them, they're equally addictive Fagen/Dan albums. My one non-runner from MTC though, has to be the irritating Brite Nighgown ....urghhhhh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By G. Don Fielder VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
To echo several other contributors on this page - no, it's not quite The Nightfly, so one can't give it five. Whilst being more soulful, laid-back and funky than that album, Kamakiriad has a slightly cheesy sound at times, especially on the first couple of tracks, attributable to the synthesised "brass", so typical of 80s recordings, whereas its predecessor had pretty much 100% real instruments. That said, the songs are as excellent as you'd expect, the beautiful Snowbound being one of his best ever and On the Dunes, with its lengthy, repetitious outro which you just don't want to end, making it worth the price of the CD by themselves. You don't get many DF albums to the pound. Or to the decade come to that. Buy before it's too late.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gets you in the end 5 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to Donald Fagen - get Nightfly first; but be warned you may well then have to buy everything he ever did!

On first hearing, after Nightfly, I, along with many others, found Kamakiriad slightly disappointing. Persevere! This gets better and better.

The production is, as ever, very slick, and some people's initial reaction is that the music sounds a bit cheesy. But DF does write such great songs: once you get into this album the combination is irresistible. It contains some FAB songs.

Give it time ... you will be rewarded - "Here come Tomorrow's Girls"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars ... Jazz jams + No melody within the songs = bad album.
Pointless Jazz jams + No melody within the songs = bad album.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars samey
pleasant songs if a bit samey.
Published 2 months ago by rob 5412
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Fagen
Brilliant, can't praise this music high enough, I love everything Donald Fagen produces so this is perhaps not a critique you should read its very biased in its favours to Donald... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular songs, production a little lacking
The songs on this CD are all consistent and excellent - there just isn't a bad moment on the whole disc! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the greatest?
For me this is the end of Fagen's 'golden age', which began sometime during the lifetime of Steely Dan, and ends here. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sebastian Palmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something here?
I really like SD. Their albums are great. Even their last two efforts (two against nature..and everything must go). Read more
Published 8 months ago by davey boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
As a big fan of Steely Dan..........I just missed this one. Beautiful album, great songs and polished production as you would expect!
Published 18 months ago by Bruce1978
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Tunes
Being a fan of Steely Dan, it is only natural to appreciate Donald's solo work. As for the medium of a CD, it is something tangible that you can treasure. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Robert Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Just bought this after jumping straight from 'the Nightfly' to 'Sunken Condos'. Why change a winning formula I guess, but have to say the progression is no more than incremental... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Taxpayer Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Better the second time
Having listened to his previous recording "The Nightfly", many times, Donald Fagin didn't fall into the usual follow up album trap. Read more
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