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The Nightfly [VINYL]


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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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  • Vinyl (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B006X3VNJK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I.G.Y.
2. Green Flower Street
3. Ruby Baby
4. Maxine
Disc: 2
1. New Frontier
2. The Nightfly
3. The Goodbye Look
4. Walk Between Raindrops

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sloane on 18 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fabulous, sublime, a magnificent collection, still great after twenty years.

One or two details - may I just draw your attention to the wonderful Michael Brecker tenor solo on "Maxine"? or the little fragments of harmonica / electric piano at the end of "New Frontier"? Or the superb changes in the middle eight in "The Nightfly"?

Will he ever make another record as damn near perfect as this?

Listening to "Morph the Cat" twenty odd eyars later there are positive signs. Have a listen to the "The Great Pagoda of Funn"... he's nearly there!

"Oooooooohhhhh Miami!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Lambert on 6 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with other great composers of the past , if Donald Fagen never does anything else again before he departs this life , in 'The Nightfly' he has left his mark.Everything about this album is right, the concept of the songs centred around a late night DJ in late 50's or early 60's in a northeastern USA city tells a social history story of that period USA in itself - brilliantly brought back to life by the genius of Donald Fagens songs and the one cover song(Ruby Baby), and what absolutely marvellous songs they are too! 'IGY'(International Geophsical Year) for instance is absoluely brilliant.IGY was something that actually took place in the years 1957/1958.But then again,without exception the rest of the album is brilliant to! Add to this the stunning musicianship of all the musicians involved and the top notch production, well,it's the complete package.
The album cover is also marvellous at conveying visually what 'The Nightfly' story concept is.As DF has stated himself, in the suburbia where teenagers were growing up then, there was not much to do. But they did have radio(many pirate) stations that played jazz music,that they could tune in to.The front cover shows the 'DJ'(posed by DF himself) with a copy of the album by the saxophanist Sonny Rollins -'The Contemporary Leaders'. This visually depicts the jazz music of what 'The Nightfly' is about, and an influential artist and record of that period of American Jazz.I can envisage someone in future doing the same with 'The Nightfly' Album' and placing it on their album cover!The back cover shows a typical suburban house (in the night) of that period, showing a lit room/window, suggesting where the radio show and 'The Nightfly' is transmitting from. Quite simply 'The Nightfly'is a popular music masterpiece of an album , that will endure through the years, and is a benchmark on which others who follow will be judged against.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mayonnaise Maker on 23 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
Superlatives just aren't enough sometimes. "The Nightfly" is such a magical combination of exquisite lyrics, impeccable harmony and flawless studio production that I can say that this is the only album that I know of that has no weaknesses at all. I've listened to the thing probably a thousand times in the last twenty years and it just gets better each time. Greg Phillinganes's piano solo on "Ruby Baby" is stunning; Michael Brecker's sax solo on "Maxine" is jaw-dropping : the list goes on an on.
A track that I particulary like is the eponymous "The Nightfly". It tells the story of a lonely, late-night radio host called Lester who runs a 'phone-in show:
"You say that there's a race
Of men in the trees.
You're for tough legislation.
Thanks for calling.
I wait all night for calls like these."
The chorus (and this is why Donald Fagen is a genius) is based around a radio jingle for the station WJAZ ("at the foot of Mount Belzoni"!). It's such a wonderful dove-tailing of theme and music. How many recording artists have ideas like this?
Total and utter perfection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Don Fielder VINE VOICE on 11 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
A stylish reference to the fifties and early sixties, but somehow timeless and perfect, this is one of those special albums that come along every so often to render the consideration of genre somewhat pointless. Made in the 80's, it's a touch short by modern standards but the cool groove of these songs, packed with melody and beautiful playing, really cannot be bettered and I'd hate to see it watered down by the addition of B-list "bonus" tracks. An uplifting album, definitely one for that desert-island short-list, there's really nothing more to add that hasn't already been said by the five-star reviews here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Parkin on 9 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
In my humble opinion the greatest album ever made.I can play this every day and not get bored of it,there's always something new that you hear.
Every track a winner but my favourite is New Frontier-just love the harmonica at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scubaboy VINE VOICE on 15 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
A great solo effort from (arguably) the more talented half of the excellent Steely Dan. An outstanding album from beginning to end, with the only crticisim being that it's too damn short! Love Don's cover of "Ruby Ruby", but my particular favourite is the well-observed "New Frontier".
Had this on a dreadful audio tape for years before spotting it on Amazon. The songs are still as strong as I remember them. No weak tracks at all - you have to sit through the whole 39 minutes! Reeks quality from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
Five stars really aren't enough, are they? Fagen and Steely Dan producer Gary Katz wrestled with early digital recording technology to create something that stands apart from every pop, rock and jazz album you've ever heard. It's not hard to tell from most other reviewers that this record has a very special emotional significance for a lot of people, and I'm among them. The supreme irony is that with sequencers, synths and primitive drum machines - plus the cream of 1970-80's session talent, or course - Fagen created a uniquely evocative mood piece where every note weighs heavy with nostalgia for a time that most of this album's fans have never even lived through. I won't add to the superlatives... I'll just re-state them. This ranks as one of the finest musical achievements of this or any decade.
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