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GAUCHO Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MCA RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00008FCXO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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UNI 3216931; UNIVERSAL spa - Italia; Pop Internazionale

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There are a couple of prominent features on the album. The Dan are actually serious, even solemn, on the track Third World Man, a pean to the people of "the third world", a long time since no longer referred to as that (now, of course, the developing world). Another feature is the overt drug references, such as to the "fine Columbian". Anther outstanding feature is the humour, not longer obscured, but clear and laugh-out-loud funny (see the pathetic rival in My Rival).
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Great album. Babylon Sisters is an all time favourite Desert Island Disk. Hey 19 is one of the best tracks to test the sound of your audio system.
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I've been in Steely Dan since the mid-80s when I got a compilation and over the succeeding 25 years have gradually become familiar with everything they've released.
And the thing is unlike so many other artists you can play their tunes to death and they never get stale. Obviously the details and thought put into everything they recorded.And my favourite of their albums is constantly changing but currently I'd say this was my number 1. Hey Nineteen and Babylon Sisters are the very definition of cool,adult, intelligent jazzy popular music. And the rest aren't far behind.
Steely Dan have always been a group that even those who think they're too cool for conventional rock have always admitted to liking (many of those in the electronic dance, funk or jazz worlds)and have never got out of fashion with those who appreciate quality music.A good way of finding out if a person's ideas about music were worthwhile or downright embarrassing was to see what their opinion of Steely Dan were. Probably because in the popular music of the last 60 or 70 years things never anymore well-crafted than Steely Dan.
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I'm one of the small band that collects SACDs and DVDAs and I guess I've probably got about 50 or so of the two types - I'm quite selective (and let's face it, these discs, apart from Classical where there are new releases all the time, are quite hard to find) and look for decent quality surround sound - which, to me, is the raison d'etre of SACD - well, I certainly got it with this one. It arrived Monday 10th February, I've played it 3 times and it's clearly the best SACD I've got, no question. One reviewer here suggests it's not surround...well, according to my SACD player it is and also confirmed by all the speakers. It's the best surround mix of all my SACDs - knocks the very disappointing 'Rumours' SACD into a cocked hat and, dare I say it, is even better than the 5.1 SACD of Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here'. If you like the Dan and have SACD, you simply have to have this and it's a darned good price compared to other SACDs, too (e.g. Genesis' 'Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' - ouch!).
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Probably Steely Dan's finest work.Tremendous feel and movement to it. Aja, which proceeded Gaucho, showed the first signs of Steely Dan maturing from being a studio band but missed a couple of areas. Gaucho is a complete work even though it has only seven songs. Steely Dan Greatest Hits is the one album you need to have if you are interested in the band's work. Donald Fagen's(lead singer), first solo album - The Nightfly continues from where Gaucho ends. If you have these three pieces of work then you should have all that you need.
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Steely Dan's undisputed peak was Aja and The Royal Scam is a close second but, for me, Gaucho is the only other great album they made, although even Fagen & Becker agree that they may have gone too far with it.

Interestingly given the obsessive perfectionism (and bad luck) that plagued this album, it features fewer session players than previous albums, and Becker & Fagen perform on more tracks.

Babylon Sisters is as good as anything Becker & Fagen ever recorded. Bernard Purdie's drums are incredible (and were the basis of Jeff Pocaro's famous Rosanna beat), but there are amazing details in what is an apparantly minimal arrangement, including bass clarinets, muted clavinet, as a serpentine chord progression that no one else could have dreamed up. It's also extremely funky!

Hey Nineteen is borderline embarassing - the humour just on the wrong side of funny - and features Roger Nichols' peculiarly static Wendel drum sequencer programme, even though a drummer is credited (as is the case with Glamour Profession and My Rival).

Glamour Profession lasts rather longer than the musical interest can sustain but is rescued by an amazing guitar solo by Steve Khan.

Gaucho is, along with Babylon Sisters and Third World Man, one of the three great tracks here. It has a Keith Jarrett inspired chord sequence and solo tenor sax line (for which the erascible Mr Jarrett sued & won a share of the writing credit) but again it has a deceptively simple arrangement and extremely funny lyrics about a socially aspirant queen and his partner who is unduly interested in a bit of Brazilian rough.
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Another example of why Fagen & Becker are/were the masters of the sound studio. The SACD remix of Gaucho is spectacular. No fancy surround sound gymnastics here. Just a rich blend of fullsome sounds, especially the use of wide horn sections and backing vocals. The original producer/engineer, Elliot Scheiner (guru of the surround sound world), who also remixed this new version of Gaucho should be applauded for this masterpiece of remixing. The DVD-A releases of SD's recent albums are very good, but this blast from their past outshines them both. Great songs, great musicians, great album. Lets hope they can find all the original master tapes of Aja, and rework their magic again.
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