How dare this lag behind other Steely Dan albums in the popular vote. It remains one of their best, although it is difficult to choose a favourite with such a rich back catalogue. A number of indispensable classics are present here, including the magnificent ‘Haitian Divorce’ which features a guitar solo so good you want to eat it. The title track and ‘Kid Charlemagne’ are other highlights, although every track has merit. Faultless apart from the lack of a lyric sheet on the CD, and the annoying debate as to which guitarist played on what. Choose between Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Denny Dias, Elliott Randall or Dean Parks. And Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter has to be in there somewhere as well.
Tracks: Kid Charlemagne; The Caves Of Altamira; Don’t Take Me Alive; Sign In Stranger; The Fez; Green Earrings; Haitian Divorce; Everything You Did; The Royal Scam....