Even the debut from Walter Becker and Donald Fagen put them stylistically a cut above the others. Played alongside the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles on smooth FM radio, Steely Dan were linked immediately to the west coast music scene, a fact that was utterly wrong. This was and is, an east coast album; it is also assured, laid-back and layered with the jazz and soul influences that made their special kind of rock. Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter added the metal and David Palmer added pop vocal - but, from this sparkling debut we can clearly see Becker and Fagen in immaculate control. ‘Do It Again’, the long version, is, of course, a diamond.
Tracks: Do It Again; Dirty Work; Kings; Midnite Cruiser; Only A Fool Would Say That; Reelin’ In The Years; Fire In The Hole; Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me); Change Of The Guard; Turn That Heartbeat Over Again. ...