- Audio CD (13 July 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B00000DI0J
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Countdown To Ecstasy Original recording remastered
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STEELY DAN Countdown To Ecstasy (1998 UK 8-track digital remaster CD of the 1973 album fold out picture sleeve including extende sleeve notes and lyrics MCD11887)
The only element of sophomore slump in Steely Dan's second album was the disappointing sales response upon its initial release in 1974. Musically, Countdown to Ecstasy is even stronger than the Dan's terrific debut, pushing the musical envelope with more complex jazz harmonies and intricate time signatures, and carrying their lyrics into even more shadowy realms peppered with sci-fi imagery and street-level slang. The songs are stunning, from the opening blast of "Boddhisattva", a Zen boogie fuelled by Denny Dias's and Jeff Baxter's angular, bopping guitars, to the post-nuclear apocalypse of "King of the World". In between, they deliver the one-two punch of "Show Biz Kids", with its perfect snapshot of affluent decadence, and "My Old School", in which college daze is remembered through a collision of staccato guitar and blazing horns. --Sam SutherlandSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
First heard this album when I was fourteen, 30 years ago. It still comes up as fresh now as the day I first heard it. If anything, it gets richer. No collection should be without one.
Anyone thoroughly cheesed off with the Kaiser Chiefs/Arctic Monkeys/Scouting for Girls hegemony and U2/Coldplay-style corporate rock would do well to give this a spin. Not all 70's stuff involved sticking knives into Hammond organs or writing 'meaningful' lyrics about goblins and the like.
Now as it should always be Donald Fagen is doing the lead vocals, for me his is the only true voice of a Steely Dan song.
As before the opening song of this Steely Dan album is superb,Bodhasattva is a great start, with it's slightly rocky feeling drums, and jazzy sounding bass, and with the multi-track recorded vocals of Mr Fagen it is a classic beginning to an album.
The next stand-out track for me is the cut Your gold Teeth with the closing lines "use your knack darlin',take one step back darlin', There ain't nothing in Chicago, for a monkey woman to do, Do you throw out your gold teeth, Do you see how they roll", I don't know what they are talking about, but boy does it sound good.
The following track "Show Biz Kids is another classic "Dan" song with the superb chorus, "While the poor people sleepin', with the shade on the light, while the poor sleepin', All the stars come out at night" and the wonderful sounding slide guitar by Rick Derringer in the middle 8 section of the song a real joy to listen too.
All the tracks on this album sound so much better than the original pressing of this album on C.D., this is because of the hard work of Rodger Nichols under the supervision of Becker and Fagen to renovate the overall sound.
This is the real début album...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has to be one of the finest albums ever. Along with their debut 'Can't Buy A Thrill' these two rank as the epitomy of rock/jazz albums. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. G. F. Garrett
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 21 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws