This represents the pinnacle of Steely Dan’s gradual transition from rock band to their own brand of jazz-influenced white soul. Guitars were replaced by keyboards, and saxophones became more common. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were only interested in spending time in the recording studios, while the fans waited and pined. The result set new standards in recorded excellence, and was regularly used as a hi-fi shop demonstration record. It is all a bit grown up and sensible but the music cannot be faulted. In addition to the ambitious title track, there are two overtly accessible tracks; ‘Josie’ and ‘Peg’. And then there is that song we have to blame for Deacon Blue.
Tracks: Black Cow; Aja; Deacon Blues; Peg; Home At Last; I Got The News; Josie....