Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were session musicians and staff songwriters prior to founding the magnificent Steely Dan in 1972. Their highly inventive music relied on a synthesis of styles, heard to perfection on this, their third album. Jazz, bayou-based R&B and sumptuous west coast pop were fused together to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts and one that was uniquely ‘Steely Dan’. Crafted session musicians brought a technical excellence to the set, but the strength of the duo’s vision ensured that sterility did not supplant inspiration. Even though they stole Horace Silver’s intro from ‘Song Of My Father’ in ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’.
Tracks: Rikki Don’t Lose That Number; Night By Night; Any Major Dude Will Tell You; Barrytown; East St. Louis Toodle-o; Parker’s Band; Through With Buzz; Pretzel Logic; With A Gun; Charlie Freak; Monkey In Your Soul....