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Don't get me wrong, the music content of this CD is 100% superb but...,
This review is from: The Very Best Of Steely Dan (Audio CD)...another "Greatest Hits" album? Why? Surely after six long years, Walter and Donald should have put another feast of new material on record - I've only had "Morph The Cat" to keep me going during the drought! There is just no need for it after the "Remastered," "The Best of 2 CD." "Showbiz Kids" AND the 4 CD box set.
I can't believe that Becker and Fagen were keen on releasing yet another "Greatest Hits" compilation, it must've been the record company's idea - to make more money presumably.
Look folks, just take my word for it, don't bother with the "Greatest Hits" stuff, if you want to get into Steely Dan, buy ALL of their studio albums first and also purchase the live album "Alive In America.". Why? Quite simply, every single one of their albums sets a musical precedent which is so advanced, slick, well arranged and incredibly fulfilling, that you'll never look back.
Steely Dan have been my favourite band for many years now, nothing touches their genius. All of their albums, particularly from 1972's "Can't Buy A Thrill" to 1980's "Gaucho" are nothing short of timeless classics. Whilst you're at it, pick up Donald Fagen's three solo albums: "The Nightfly," "Kamakiriad" and "Morph The Cat." Having listened to all of these, literally thousands of times, I still pick out certain musical arrangments that I haven't really been made aware of before. What other band in the history of music has had the ability to give their listener an experience like that?
If you're reading this thinking "I'm still not convinced," consider this: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen didn't necessarily set out to create perfection in music - even for them, that would've been almost certainly unobtainable, but what they have admitted to is attempting to compose songs and albums which their fans will want to listen to over and over again until the end of time. In my humble opinion, not only have they achieved this, they've also pretty much achieved musical perfection with their gorgeous, eclectic, unique blend of rock and jazz combined with insightful, often subtley comical lyrics.
"Can't Buy A Thrill?" How insanely ironic!
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2010 13:30:08 GMT
M. J. Walker says:
As valid as your review is, you shouldn't rate the product down just because you don't see the need for it. People looking at the review scores are often trying to assess a product. I would suggest that given your collection, you probably didn't feel the need to purchase this, so why rate it badly. For someone like myself who's keen to 'explore' Steely Dan, this surely has to be a good place to start.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2010 22:34:46 BDT
Mr. J. H. Cook says:
To tell you the truth mate - your point is a very valid one and I hear what you say. I've never really been a fan of best ofs and I find it hard to rate a best of with 5 stars if I've rated something as brilliant as Aja with five stars too. Aja was an album which was not a bunch of a band's more successful songs being thrown together, there was a plan. There are no plans with best ofs...they are compiled to please the masses and those who are unfamiliar with a band...anyway, did you buy it? If so, what did you think of the greatest band in the world?
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2011 17:59:09 BDT
You're so right, best ofs have there place but with the Dan I can't thing of one bad, or even dubious, track. They are the only band I have honestly felt good about buying everything they put out without any prelistening. They are timeless and irreplaceable, noone else comes close. They make me laugh, they make me cry. They always make me happier after having a session immersing myself in something of theirs. Favourite ? If pushed have to say Aja, but honestly everything is good: even the later albums have their place in the majesty of things. However I have concede the other guys point that a best of will undoubtedly provide a taster for someone who isn't yet a disciple. Go on, get the rest when you are able you won't be disappointed. I want all ny Dan discs in the box when I go !
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2011 17:11:24 BDT
Gary Mcghee says:
I also like everything they've ever done, which is just about unique in my voluminous music collection. I was pleasantly surprised when their more recent stuff came out (and I include Walter's solo albums in that) at how damn good they are, (though not overall quite up to the stratospheric quality of those 70's albums) and that's totally amazing. I get a tad irritated by some fans who bleat about how their later stuff isn't as good as their 70's stuff... like err, reality check already, this is some of the greatest work done by anybody ever. Be thankful they didn't turn into the bloated embarrassments many top artists do as they age. No pleasin' some folks.
Posted on 8 May 2012 21:37:58 BDT
I'm with you bro'
Couldn't agree with you more
They are golden, nothing dates, nothing gets jaded...
all of their backlog is the perennial antidote for `one of those days' when any of every things go wrong - just blindfold yourself and pick out ANY of the Dan's albums (and I'm including the solo gigs) and you can just drift away for a few hours listening to the pinnacle of contemporary jazz/funk/blues/R&B Coooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.
Any world that I'm welcome to is better than the one I come from
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