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For all good music lovers
on 25 April 2000
Pretzel Logic was the first Steely Dan album I ever heard and I didn't hear it till about three years after its release. By then I was twenty-two and had reached the conclusion that no pop music was ever going to interest me the way the Beatles and Stones had done when I was nine or ten.
At first hearing it sounded good. Unlike everything else it just kept on improving with every subsequent hearing. These guys were playing every kind of music with tremendous panache and style: bebop, a superlative Ellington cover, heavyish rock, funky things, even a touch of country music. Yet all the melodies were just so interesting and distinctive. The lyrics were weird but engaging. The singer's rasping, nasal, but tuneful voice was just right for the rather biting nature of the material. The arrangements were stunning and the solo work was just without any flab at all, straight to the point with consummate skill every time. After a few hearings I was hooked and I still am twenty-three years later.
If you like good music of any kind and have never heard Steely Dan, do yourself a big favour and listen to this one. It's a good introduction from their mid-career. It's not even their best but it is great! Once hooked you can go forwards and backwards through their ever-strong repertoire. This group have never produced anything sub-standard. Enjoy. I envy you the opportunity of a new discovery.