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A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:54:07 am »

I've limited myself to one song per album (excluding compilations & live releases) on each of these 3 lists.  I've also imposed the restriction that a song may appear on one (and only one) list.  A few tough decisions had to be made.

I suspect that Steve will disagree emphatically with a number of my choices.

Favorite Track

Year
        Album Title        Song Title
1972
Can't Buy A ThrillTurn That Heartbeat Over Again
1973
Countdown To EcstasyMy Old School
1974
Pretzel LogicPretzel Logic
1975
Katy LiedDoctor Wu
1976
The Royal ScamHaitian Divorce
1977
AjaDeacon Blues
1980
GauchoThird World Man
2000
Two Against NatureCousin Dupree
2003
Everything Must GoEverything Must Go

Least Favorite Track

Year
        Album Title        Song Title
1972
Can't Buy A ThrillChange Of The Guard
1973
Countdown To EcstasyYour Gold Teeth
1974
Pretzel LogicThrough With Buzz
1975
Katy LiedThrow Back The Little Ones
1976
The Royal ScamGreen Earrings
1977
AjaJosie
1980
GauchoMy Rival
2000
Two Against NatureNegative Girl
2003
Everything Must GoPixeleen

Rarity Spotlight

Year
        Album Title        Song Title
1972
Can't Buy A ThrillBrooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)
1973
Countdown To EcstasyPearl Of The Quarter
1974
Pretzel LogicBarrytown
1975
Katy LiedYour Gold Teeth II
1976
The Royal ScamThe Caves Of Altamira
1977
AjaI Got The News
1980
GauchoGlamour Profession
2000
Two Against NatureJack Of Speed
2003
Everything Must GoSlang Of Ages

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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2014, 06:57:00 pm »
I'll just go with my favorite tracks so as not to offend  BibleThump .  I also didn't list anything after Gaucho.   Kappa  I like a lot of popular tracks, but I guess, they're popular for a reason.  Barrytown is seriously underrated though, I agree.  Green Earrings and Change of the Guard have awesome solos.   BibleThump  Josie is awful, I concur, one of my least favorite songs.


Favorite Track

Year
        Album Title        Song Title
1972
Can't Buy A ThrillReelin' in the Years
1973
Countdown To EcstasyThe Boston Rag
1974
Pretzel LogicBarrytown
1975
Katy LiedBad Sneakers
1976
The Royal ScamKid Charlemagne
1977
AjaBlack Cow
1980
GauchoBabylon Sisters
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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2014, 04:46:03 am »
If I had made my selections within a year of each album's release, the list would have been quite different.  As time goes on, I tend to gravitate toward the deeper album cuts.

I was able to successfully anticipate 5 of your 7 favorites, based on prior discussion.

My 2 failed predictions:

Pretzel Logic
    I thought you might go with "Any Major Dude Will Tell You"
Aja
    It was a tossup between "Black Cow" and the title track, but I guessed incorrectly

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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2014, 05:14:44 am »


Pretzel Logic
    I thought you might go with "Any Major Dude Will Tell You"

I always thought that would make a great cover by the Dead.  It has that Jerry feel to it IMO, especially the lead guitar tone.
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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2014, 05:17:48 am »
Black Cow hype.  If you watch the Aja - Classic Albums episode they talk about this sample and how their agents advised them not to attend the awards ceremony where this rap duo won an award with the Black Cow sample.

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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2014, 06:20:26 am »
The appearance of a song on my "Least Favorite" list shouldn't imply that I dislike the track.  Take "Countdown To Ecstasy" as an example.  There are no weak songs to be found anywhere on that release, so I had to reluctantly choose between "Your Gold Teeth" and "Show Biz Kids", although I imagine you would have selected "Pearl Of The Quarter".  Consider it a testament to the greatness of that album.

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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2015, 08:53:11 pm »
Side note (also old thread bump <stirpot>): nice use of the Peg sample in De la Soul's Eye Know.

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Re: A Trifecta of Steely Dan Lists
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2020, 11:52:48 pm »
Favorite Track

Year           Album Title              Song Title
1972   Can't Buy a Thrill      Dirty Work
1973   Countdown to Ecstasy      My Old School
1974   Pretzel Logic      Night by Night
1975   Katy Lied      Bad Sneakers
1976   The Royal Scam      Kid Charlemagne
1977   Aja      Black Cow
1980   Gaucho      Babylon Sisters

Least Favorite Track

Year           Album Title              Song Title
1972   Can't Buy a Thrill      Change of the Guard
1973   Countdown to Ecstasy      Show Biz Kids
1974   Pretzel Logic      Through with Buzz
1975   Katy Lied      Throw Back the Little Ones
1976   The Royal Scam      Green Earrings
1977   Aja      Josie
1980   Gaucho      My Rival

Underrated Track

Year           Album Title              Song Title
1972   Can't Buy a Thrill      Kings
1973   Countdown to Ecstasy   The Boston Rag
1974   Pretzel Logic              Charlie Freak
1975   Katy Lied      Your Gold Teeth II
1976   The Royal Scam      The Caves of Altamira
1977   Aja      Home at Last
1980   Gaucho      Third World Man

Observation: The A side of Royal Scam might be one of the best sides of a record ever made by humans.
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