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5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation, pity about the quality!, 10 Feb 2002
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Reelin' In The Years (Audio CD)
This is a great compilation of Steely Dan, from 'Can't Buy a Thrill' to 'Gaucho'. The problem, apart from the terrible cover, absence of sleevenotes and lyrics is the quality of mastering. For that alone the 'Showbiz Kids' set would make a better purchase- though you may as well just buy all the remastered albums! You'll want to in the end!!
For those that don't want to part with the extra £££'s, 'Reelin' In The Years' is a reasonably priced double-cd offering 18 tracks from Steely Dan prior to their 1993 reformation. It opens with the laidback 'Do It Again'- still one of their strongest songs, before the breakthrough hit single 'Reelin...' pops up. After that are three tracks from 'Countdown to Ecstasy', the superb 'My Old School' (yes I feel that way too- someone tell Friends Reunited!), 'Bodhisattva' and the ironic 'Showbiz Kids' (which provided the sampled chorus for Super Furry animals 'The Man Don't Give a F***': "Showbusiness kids making movies of themselves/You Know they Don't give a f*** about anyone else". They wear the Steely Dan t-shirts, you know...The subsequent three tracks are from 'Pretzel Logic', the title track, the sleazy 'Black Friday' and 'Rikki don't Lose That Number'. The next two tracks are from the so-so 'Katy Lied' album- 'Bad Sneakers' is fine, 'Doctor Wu' is very bland and a bit Kenny G to these ears!!...Things improve for the selections from 'The Royal Scam'- the brilliant 'Haitian Divorce', one of their finest songs with superb lyrics and great harmonies- not to forget that guitar-work! 'Kid Charlemagne' is very 70's sounding- the kind of music that reminds you of the montage sequence halfway through Brian de Palma's 'Scarface'. 'The Fez' is probably tainted by its opening being sampled for All Saints comedy song 'I Know Where It's At'- it's up there with other music of the period: Earth, Wind & Fire, Tavares, The Bee Gees...'Peg' was famously sampled for De La Soul's 'Eye Know' (from '3 Feet High & Rising') and is as superb as that song- it's as great as Hall & Oates early work or Bowie's plastic soul period. The other offerings from 'Aja' are 'Josie' which has a great tight-laidback bassline and the epic 'Deacon Blues'- predating 'The Nightfly' solo period in terms of subject. There's a great yearning for the past; pity that awful Scottish band of the Eighties took their name from it!...Finally the compilation is rounded off with two tracks from the under-rated, studio-perfected 'Gaucho': 'Hey Nineteen' (which is a little bland) and the excellent 'Babylon Sisters'.
This is a great complilation that makes me think of California and venality typified by Hal Ashby's 'Shampoo'. It provides a great over-view of Steely Dan, though obviously overlooks the reunion live album and the latest studio offering 'Two Against Nature'. And the cover!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool then; cool now!, 18 Feb 2014
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I am sure anyone looking at Steely Dan will already know their history, either first-hand (like myself and others of an age!) or whether coming across them for the first time, but the subtlety of lyric, musical arrangement, harmony and for me, The Skunk's sublime guitar playing will not disappoint and I guess many will keep playing it and playing it! Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the past!, 13 Mar 2013
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Bought this for my husband and he absolutely loves it. Takes you right back.
Good quality product and a good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 18 Aug 2014
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David J. Dunmore "Gadget Freak" (Hertfordshire UK) - See all my reviews
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Great album, I've missed this since my Vinyl copy got damaged. Sound quality is very good for CD, bit treble is a touch brighter than on Vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 9 Sep 2014
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