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
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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.
The only problem with me is which is best, well that depends on one's mood like all classic albums I could NEVER say my top album is say Dark Side of the Moon (again released '73) because I know it so well but on a day when you've not heard it for say a year or two it becomes a favourite. But with these two I could listen several times and not be bored until I come back to them say 6 months later. I have sooooo many favourites, Crimson, Focus, Cream, Santana, Mountain, Yes, Gentle Giant, Skynyrd, Genesis, Byrds, etc ... and lately Steven Wilson.
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