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Pretzel Logic

Steely Dan

1974

Pretzel Logic

Album Summary

Pretzel Logic is the third studio album by American rock band Steely Dan, released on February 20, 1974, by ABC Records. It was written by principal band members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and recorded at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles with producer Gary Katz. It was the final album to feature the full quintet lineup of Becker, Fagen, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (who left to join The Doobie Brothers) and also featured significant contributions from many prominent Los Angeles-based studio musicians and the last to be made and released while Steely Dan was still an active touring band. The album was a commercial and critical success. Its hit single "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" helped restore Steely Dan's radio presence after the disappointing performance of their 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. Pretzel Logic was reissued on CD in 1987 and remastered in 1999 to retrospective critical acclaim.

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3.42

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5567

Genres

  • Rock
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Wed Nov 10 2021
1

This is the sound of a suburban dad in socks and sandals

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

"Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a masterpiece. Borrowing the baseline from Horace Silver's "Song For My Father" will do that for a song. Future Eagle Timothy B. Schmitt provides backup vocals on "Rikki" along with 2 other songs here. Quick aside: If you wanted a hit song sometime between 1974 and 1983, your best course of action would be to try and get Schmitt to provide harmony. And those 3 tracks alone are worth a 5 rating. My favorite Steely Dan album will always be "Can't Buy A Thrill" for many reasons. But this might be their best album. It's such a flawless infusion of jazz with pop hooks. And Fagan's voice fits this blend like a glove. This deserves a spot in the upper echelon of the list. But what do I know? I just read the Daily News and swear by every word!

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

There is no way for me to hold back when talking about Steely Dan. To me, each album they released seems to inch higher into rarefied air ('Aja' is the apex for me). This is their third album and, for the most part, their final one revolving around their original quintet, but we can hear their evolving style and approach with the extra musicians they brought in. This album stands superbly on its own and points to the refined excellence that would follow from Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. I have friends whose musical aesthetic and knowledge I admire greatly who do not like this band. I understand that to some listeners the music is too much like "smooth jazz" and "elevator music," and that they lyrics can range from inside-jokey to enigmatic to obtuse and impenetrable. That's not how I hear or experience this band, their work, or this album. I think their dark humor and irony, not just in the lyrics but also very much in their music, too, doesn't come through for everyone. I've loved their music for a long time, but now as a music student I hear them in a new light and I am absolutely gobsmacked by their writing, their arranging, their playing -- not just the all-star musicians they brought into the studio, but Becker (a wildly underrated guitarist) and Fagen (amazing on the keys and I genuinley love his voice; just perfect for their music) -- and the mind-blowing level of engineering prowess. Their notorious perfectionism and absurd attention to every detail pays off. Their writing is outstanding. I like the detached irony of their lyrics and as a lover of jazz I really dig their ability to weave jazz elements into pop and rock songs without letting it get to cluttered or disjointed. I honestly don't know how they do it. I love jazz, I love rock, but generally I do not like fusion. These guys avoided whatever it is about fusion that doesn't click with me, and that's mighty impressive. I do not mean to suggest that their approach should be a universal standard; not at all. Some of my all-time favorite music was recorded hastily with lots of "mistakes" and imperfections that are essential to the whole experience. This album has some incredible tracks on it, and incredible moments within the tracks. One example of many: I am crazy about Walter Becker's guitar solo in 'Pretzel Logic.' And I love his wah-infused lead guitar on their cover of Duke Ellington's 'East St. Louis Toodle-Oo.' Love the album cover, by the way. Final note for fellow Steely Dan fans: I am nearly finished reading "Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion," a collection of decades of interviews, reviews, and other writings on them and their music. The appear chronologically in the book and it's a fascinating journey. I highly recommend it.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Although Steely Dan is famous for having great technical skills, there's very little to complain about songwriting wise other than that I could imagine it being a little more powerful. But I can't pinpoint how. It's good music. 9/10

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

Hell yeah, such a great album. I’ve listened to some of Steely Dans songs before (always loving them) but never got around to listening to one of his albums. Well I just finished this and it was just as good as I was hoping for. One of my favorite songs from the album has gotta be Barrytown. On top of the really cool lyrics (Growing up in Salt Lake City, I can assume what the song is about) it has such a catchy composition and style. I really love this album, definitely one I’ll listen to again soon. I’ll give it a 9/10. My only complaint is that after listening to the whole album, I feel like I heard a little too much Steely Dan in a row. As much as I love his music, it can feel repetitive listening to a whole album of just that. But still, the album is fairly diverse giving you something fresh with each track. Great album, I’ll be listening to more Steely Dan in the future.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

We just had a couple of electronica albums (Kraftwerk and Orbital) that were a bit out there so seeing Steely Dan come up as a random pick was a relief. Everything they do is sheer gold. Funny thing is I didn't truly appreciate them until I watched the "Yacht Rock" series on Channel 101 (go look it up on YouTube if you haven't seen it - hysterical). Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are outstanding songwriters and musicians. High points for me are Rikki Don't Lose That Number (a classic for a reason), Night by Night (great groove), and Pretzel Logic (one of my favorites -- great groove plus fantastic vocals). Any Major Dude Will Tell You is very 70s (I guess much of their music is), but still great. Heck, even East St. Louis Toodle-Oo, which is basically ragtime, benefits from that unique Steely Dan sound - love the talk box guitar. Easy decision for me - definite 5.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

This is a sweet album from the classic 70s rock icons. I appreciate the sentiments, harmonies, and variety of tones. I lean towards artists like CSNY, but I respect the jazzy undertones and rhythms that SD brings to the table. Overall, this album isn't my thing, but With A Gun is a diamond in the rough.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Very "dad rock" band. Lotsa songs sound the same, but that could just be the album. I felt I knew all of these songs but couldn't remember lyrics, strange.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

What I needed on a cold dreary Monday morning on the way to work. I've loved this album for many years and love reading the 'One Star' reviews. I guess that's what comes of hating the 70's.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

This jazz-pop-rock album has so many different melodies & instruments that there is something in it for every listener. Everything flows well together which gives the album a "complete" sound. The lyrics in every song are well thought out and easy to follow/sing along with. Overall, there's a lot of good things about this album and very little downsides. Some would say it's basically flawless, however this type of music doesn't influence me enough to rate it 5 stars.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Rikki Don't Lose That Number is a great tune. The album was ok, a fairly lively listen, but nothing to gripping

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Sat Mar 20 2021
2

Ah, bland and uninteresting, just how I remember Steely Dan. Solid instrumentals though.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Pretzel Logic: love the brevity, only 34 minutes! I think the recording/production sounded great (isn’t that their reputation?) and the mastering of that rip is ace. Not a huge fan of the music which is definitely my bias against this kind of 70’s “soft rock” (for lack of a better term). Obviously, I’ve heard “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” but other than that this was totally new to me. Which means I don’t really have much context for their music, aside from their “hits.” Overall, I think the back half of the album is stronger and I was digging the last 3 tracks, “With a Gun,” “Charlie Freak” and “Monkey in Your Soul.” Probably wouldn’t rate it that high but I know I’m in the minority with this band...

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Tue Oct 05 2021
2

I can't really justify my anti-SD sentiments but I find their songs lacking in something... Music, lyrics, vocals all lack substance or true *feeling*. They leave me cold and bored. 2 stars as I quite liked the opening track and the piano in the Toodle-oo song Also, Ooh La La by the Faces autoplayed after the album finished and I momentarily got excited that there was another SD song I liked :(

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Fri Nov 20 2020
5

Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan - I LOVE Any Major Dude Will Tell You. Favorite song by far - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo made me feel like I was at a fair in the 1800s

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

I really hope Rikki doesn’t lose that number. Funky rhythm guitar, cool horn section. Makes me interested in the band again.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

their 3 best album

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Rikki Don't Lose That Number hatte ich letztens zufällig ohne Konzentration gehört und nicht weiter verfolgt, jetzt flasht der Song mich so, dass ich ihn noch mal hören musste. Amtlich. Steely Dan also. Nie mit beschäftigt, kannte nur „Rikki“. Von Fagan war mir sonst nur noch „Snowbound“ bekannt und in Erinnerung geblieben (de facto irgendwie auch Steely Dan). 4 Songs gehört, Zeit für ein Fazit: die Platte ist mir bislang Ü-BER-HAUPT nicht auf den Sack gegangen, was ist da los? Fast durch: wie geil ist das denn! Die erste unbekannte Platte dieser Liste, die ich sofort noch mal hören will (edit: und heute noch ungezählte Male durchgehört habe), hier wurde überfälligerweise eine Bildungslücke geschlossen. Daher: Fünf Sterne, keine Diskussion! Über-Platte.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

I mean cmon, this album is basically a 10/10. It comes close to Aja for me but doesn’t quite surpass it. Jazz rock perfection. Favorite song: Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Least favorite song: None

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Fan-fuckin-tastic

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

This album was an amazing suggestion from this project. I absolutely loved almost every song, even not knowing anything about the band before.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Pretty good album with some catchy songs

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Nice to listen to. Enjoyed

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Really liked

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Rock californiano setentero, totalmente virtuoso y multiinstrumentado, con guitarreos gigantes, pianos y cuerdas. Arreglos jazz y funkies. Supervoces. Genial, muy bueno.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Ahh - I thought this was going to be really weird but I recognize this song.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

brilliant album

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Fri May 21 2021
5

1970s folk rock, me like!

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Banger after banger

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

Goat shit

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

The fourth Steely Dan album so far. I rated the others 4, 4, 5. I do really like the band. But I'm really not convinced they're all that monumental/influential to justify 4+ albums on this list. But hey, more Steely Dan means fewer albums by the likes of Devo, Bob Marley, Wu-Tang Clan. etc. *shudder*. What I really like about Steely Dan is that they play really solid hard rock but then expertly infuse it with all sorts of different styles. This album seems to be especially varied with a lot of jazz, but also soul, swamp rock, outlaw country, prog rock and even classical. The only song I didn't like was the opener, which is the popular radio hit of this album, but is honestly just really boring. Luckily, the rest of the album is great enough to forgive them one radio-friendly pop rock track.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

What a coincidence. I was playing Steely Dan to Sam last week - I chose Aja. This is great and I played it on rotation all day and the rest of the weekend. Fantastic production, these guys were perfectionists. Not unusual for them to change the whole band (they use session musicians, the 'band' was really just Donald Fagen and Walter Becker) from track to track. Songs from the seamy side hidden behind jaunty tunes. Brilliant.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Surprised to see that so few of his songs are 'hits' given how famous he seems to be in my eyes.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Очень интересный альбом после Боуи. Вновь 70-е, разнообразие инструментов и гармоний. Звучит очень бодро и интересно. Тексты мне показались такими современными. Некоторые звуки прямо ах. Я слушала сейчас с самого утра, и это прекрасный саундтрек бодрости и хорошего настроения!

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Love it!

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Brilliant!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Excellent as I remember

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Funky 80s album, was pretty good!

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Steely Dan.. what can I say. I thought I didn't know any of their songs until I started listening to their albums...I realized I knew the majority.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Finally, an album I own! Steely Dan released some pretty fantastic albums in the 70's and all of them are worth seeking out! At least two of their records, Can't Buy A Thrill and Pretzel Logic I would consider "must hear" and the greatest hits album will fill in the rest. When I was in school when they were at the height of their career, I didn't understand the appeal, but I'm older and wiser now and to me their music exemplifies the best of the mid-70's. Highly recommended!

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

Brilliant

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

It may be my least favorite of the golden age Dan albums, but it’s still a 10 for me every time I listen to it.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

9/10. Far from my favorite Steely Dan album, but one that I have grown to appreciate nonetheless. I'm still not the biggest fan of Rikki, but songs like Any Major Dude and Charlie Freak have really grown on me over time, as has the sound of the album as a whole, and while there are individual tracks that I don't love, they don't overstay their welcome either. I still resent that this was included at the expense of other Dan albums, but I may yet bump it to a 10/10 if the mood strikes me.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

PRETZEL LOGIC is a great Steely Dan album! I hadn’t heard it before but I’m very glad I have now. I love “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” Deservedly the most well-known song on the album. But I actually like “Any Major Dude Will Tell You” better - it’s my favorite song on here. I love the whole tone of this album, with things like a fun, jazzy instrumental (“East St. Louis Toodle-Oo”) that show Steely Dan’s great talent without taking themselves too seriously. Other favorites include the groovy “Parker’s Band” and “With A Gun” and its country sounds. I have it in my head that Steely Dan albums are hard to listen to. I’m not sure why I think that. Perhaps that thought came from listening to some forgotten album of theirs in my past. That certainly isn’t the case with this album. Very enjoyable!

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Maybe it's because I heard Steely Dan a lot as a kid, but there's something about this album that seems very grown-up to me, like something a friend's cool (but not too cool) parents might listen to. I was surprised to learn that Walter Becker and Donald Fagan were in their mid-20s when this was released. They sound older than I will ever feel. AND I love it! It's not at all gloomy but they seem like they take the music seriously. There's interesting percussion and great guitar throughout. Rikki Don't Lose that Number is a terrific pop song. Pretzel Logic has a groove (but I'm scratching my head at the lyrics about minstrel shows). OK, maybe I lied a little --- Charlie Freak's lyrics are pretty gloomy but the dark lyrics are juxtaposed with a rollicking Linus-and-Lucy-like piano and some jingle bells. And I love the bass and sax in Monkey in Your Soul. At a short and sweet 34 minutes, songs are varied and interesting and I didn't feel like there was too much filler. It zipped along.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

I know of Steely Dan, but the only album that I have ever listened to of theirs is a greatest hits compilation. I actually didn't think that I really was that big of a fan, but I really enjoyed this album.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Suprisingly chill album that was the perfect fitting for a rainy afternoon.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Gostei bastante, tem uns instrumentais bem interessantes.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Steely Dan has become a favorite

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Now this was a great album, wasn't expecting that from whatever the album cover is. I've never heard of Steely Dan, which is kind of strange to me from how big they seem. I think I'm a fan now. Some huge bangers - "Rikki Don't Lose that Number", "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" (I love those wah-wahs), "With a Gun", "Charlie Freak". Doesn't overstay its welcome and ends on a good song streak - the last three songs slap back-to-back.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

So this is a classy album from a classy band, although I have to admit that I didn't get into Steely Dan until I heard The Royal Scam. Messrs Fagen & Becker are consummate Muso's and this is a Muso's delight. I love "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Pretzel Logic" from this little masterpiece.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

This album is damn near perfect. It has tight vocal harmonies, amazing musicianship, and is a masterclass in melody. Stylistically, this album covers everything from bossa nova, to jazz, and pop. Similarly, the arrangement is top notch and the album is very produced.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Loved it, good music for chilling

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Amazing

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

idk yet

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Wed May 04 2022
5

oh man and the hits keep coming! I am such a sucker for this Steely Dan sound. Barrytown, Night By Night are great first side sleepers and the East St. Louis Toodle-OO is a really fun jazz cover. Parkers Band and Charlie Freak are both bouncing jazz fueled pop sendups. Its just such a short stinger of an album.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

goood shit!

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Love this early Steely Dan record. A little less jazzy than later albums but a lot of great songs.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

The last Steely Dan “band” album. Perhaps that accounts for the balance between studio wizardry and live chops. Still working on their special blend of rock, blues and jazz, the songs were tighter and more focused than before, yet still had the ambiguous lyrics that had many college students up guessing. This could be the best release (Aja is in the running) from one of my favorite bands.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

I liked this a lot. I had only ever heard the first song on this album before. I didn’t really care for the instrumental song but liked everything else. Pretzel logic has a great solo

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

5, so catchy

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Great album. Some absolute classic songs that I love to hear

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Steely Dan is always in

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Really lit and awesome. 9.5/10 to me ears

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Have you ever seen a squonks tears?

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Had not listened to it before. Had listened to individual songs, but not the album in any sort of cohesive manor. Overall enjoyed the album, some songs were forgettable while other songs I found myself dancing along with lyrics I had never heard before 5/5 Will listen again

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Having listened to this a lot while growing up, I started having an aversion to Steely Dan - something gave me the creeps about their music when I heard it. While this is a psychological problem for later times, I realize in relistening that they were an extremely musically diverse band. They are definitely in the realm of jazz, and would be considered a sort of pop jazz today. Not sure what they were considered back then. Good use of piano, some auxiliary percussion ... a lot of nice components to their music.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Fantastic. Rikki is good and East St Louis toodle-op is 👌

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Jazz lite rock

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Steely Dan just never fails to entertain. Great harmonies, great musicians, big variety of song styles and a great production. Top! 👍🏻

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Not surprisingly liked this one. Enjoyed pretty much all the songs.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Love steely Dan

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Rikki Dont loose that number

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

I was excited to listen because I knew their hits but had never listened to a full album of theirs. This album was great. One thing that stuck out to me was how immaculate the production was. Everything sounds so crisp and clean and every note sounded intentional. I only listened to the album one time through but I am planning to listen again on a 1001 free weekend.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

4.6 - Of the four Steely Dan records, I've reviewed this one is definitely my favorite. Unlike "Aja" this one feels loose and less clinical though the arrangements are still incredibly tight. And unlike "Can't Buy A Thrill", these songs haven't been overplayed on classic rock radio. I especially love the duelling saxophones at the end of "Parker's Band" and the cool instrumental "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo." In 34 minutes, these 11 songs provide a bouncy, funky, perfectly packaged listen.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

"Pretzel Logic" is the third studio album by Steely Dan. It was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and besides those two would be the last album to feature members Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (guitars), Denny Dias (guitar) and Jim Hodder (drums but he didn't play much on this album). It was recorded in LA and there were a lot of other guest studio musicians. It was also the last album the band would tour. The music itself had shorter songs than their previous albums. The one thing that is a strength of this album is the wide variety of styles they play: pop, jazz, blues, that California laid- back rock and even country. The lyrics and story telling is also a strength. Their biggest hit and first single "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" opens with that piano line. The songs goes from pop to blues to jazz. Jim Gordon's drums are great. It is actually about Becker's crush on the pregnant wife of one of his professors. This song along with "Band on the Run" is probably the first songs I can remember when they came out. "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" has a groovy piano, jazzy guitar and a California sound. Plus, it might be only song to mention the mythical creature the squonk. The singer is consoling one of his friends who is going through tough times. "Parker's Band" begins the second side and is about going and listening to Charlie Parker. Is it also about doing drugs (heroin)??? Jazzy guitar. Charlie Parker-influenced riffs. "Pretzel Logic" was the other album single and is more bluesy rock with some funk. Great pedal guitar. Time travel is mentioned a lot. Also, the bands' distate for touring. I didn't know Steel Dan had country in them but they did here and it's one of their best songs on the album in "With a Gun." Country slide guitar. One of the best stories about a founder of a clinic which he steals from, murders someone and is on the run. Another hidden highlight is "Charlie Freak" with its intricate piano and droning guitar giving an eerie feel. And it should given the song tells the story of a drug-addict who sells his last possession, a gold ring, to buy what would be his last fix. I enjoyed this album again; it had been awhile since I listened to it. I don't know if I could ever really rank Steely Dan albums but this one would be near the top. The variety of styles is quite impressive.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album. I think the album is strong throughout the whole album. A couple of dips here and there, but this album is a bop and cements me as a Steely Dan fan. Favorite song: Rikki Don't Lose That Number Worst song: Charlie Freak

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Amazing, would listen again

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

This is one of my favorite Steely Dan albums. It's such a smooth listen, front to back. Laid back and refined all at once, with a rich, warm sound. This is probably one of the Dan's most accessible and perfectly realized works as well. No flaws, really. Lyrically, I like the combo of Donald Fagen's detached, incisive writing with some surprise moments of empathy and feeling. It's uncharacteristic for Fagen, and not something I look for in his songwriting, but I kind of dug it today. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Pretzel Logic, Night by Night, Any Major Dude Will Tell You, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Charlie Freak, Barrytown, East St. Louis Toodle-Oo, Through with Buzz, Parker's Band, Monkey in Your Soul, With a Gun

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Musical masters, these blokes. SO MANY wicked twists n turns in their chord progressions, tastier note choices than anyone. Fuck yes.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

A great road trip album.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Super Album, J'adore steely dan c'est une découverte de cette iste pour tout leur album. J'ai autant qu eCountdown to ecstasy. 4.95

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Yacht rock at its best... driving in the summer music!

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Thu Oct 22 2020
4

fun album, good instrumental and vocals, steely dan is good stuff

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Fri Sep 18 2020
4

Not my kind of rock, but still had its high points

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Cool grooves and like the drum sound. Second favorite Steely Dan album next to Aja

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

Fun jazzy tunes. Had heard a few songs off it before (Rikki, Any Major Dude). Liked Night by Night, Parker's Band

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

Such good tonal mids on this album, and great tracks all around.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Pretty good jazz-rock type album by Steely Dan, has some great songs in here such as "Rikky Don't Lose That Number", "Pretzel Logic" and "Charlie Freak"

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Tue Dec 29 2020
4

okay, great album so far really funky amazing guitar/sax solos great song names/lyrics bangers all along "i fear the monkey in your soul" HAS to be one of the best lyrics ever written fav track: night by night least fav track: with a gun?? honestly they're all good sometimes old white dudes CAN make good music

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

mmmmm yes ooo yeah wee woop yes

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Good ol' rock n roll

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

4/5 stars. nice quick album. great vibes throughout and love the sound.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Good smooth rock album. I enjoyed it.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

First of all, 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' is a bop. Second, this was a band that my parents listened to all the time when I was a kid and I thought they were ridiculous. Steely Dan is legendary.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Some good tunes, love the horns

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Mon May 24 2021
4

great fucking record!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Easy St. Louis Toodle-Oo

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Musically an absolutely amazing album. Lots of interesting instrumentation throughout. Songs are good but only a few memorable ones. 4.5

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Enjoyable, I liked the heavy use of keyboard

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Great fun, love Steely Dan.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ve heard of any of these songs. I think there was only two tracks I didn’t care for

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Fusion music in 70s!! Are you kidding me?

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Me gusta Steely Dan, pero también requiere el mood adecuado.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Not my general vibe, but it is well made and definitely worth another listen later.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Not much to say. Liked it.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Fire, this album got me going.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

top e daora gostosinho de escutar faltou estender algumas faixas, só com instrumental, algumas músicas se beneficiariam disso... fiquei com a sensação de "pô, mas já acabou?" várias vezes, especialmente no final pianinho fera through and through

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Excellent album. I had heard several of these songs before. 4 stars.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Me gustó. Muy fácil de digerir. Se me hizo perfecto para entrarle a Steely Dan. Tracks: Parker's band, Night by night, Charlie Freak

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Not bad, reminds me a little bit of Chicago.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Very good love artist

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

One of the first vinyl records I ever bought from wax trax on 13th street in Denver. I'm obsessed with this title still.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Pretty interesting and catchy tracks throughout, I think this fits a Sunday cleaning sort of vibe.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

I had this album (or at least the cassette) and I don't remember "Ricki" being on it. I must have always started on the second song. Perhaps I was going practicing Ricki avoidance, since I'd heard it a million times on the jukebox when I worked at my Uncle's restaurant. Great song writers, great production. Short little diversions like Through with Buzz and Charlie Freak show how easily they could pop off catchy songs. Getting back to Ricki, the piano intro is borrowed from Horace Silver's "Song for my Father", and since IMO there isn't a track on this album that can stand up to that song, I can't give it a 5.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

4/5

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Great one! Super good music, but the lyrics were sometimes like wtf dawg

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Yes loved this. Night by Night & Parkers Band.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Another album that reminded me of roadtrips when I was a kid.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Enjoyed very much, smooth and relaxing. Like a river raft ride

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Ricky don't lose that number pullssss

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

I'm questioning how well I know this album. I know Rikki, Pretzel Logic,  Any Major Dude and East St. L . .  very very well but the rest - not so much. Perhaps I had a Greatest Hits LP? At one point I looked up whether Haitain Divorce (From their The Royal Scam  LP) or Frampton Comes ALIVE was released first to see if Becker was  the Talk Box leader or follower. I found that they were both released in 1976 but I forgot that Becker also Talk Boxed on East St. L. Becker wins!

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Plezant albumpje met leuke deuntjes, maar geen grote uitschieter

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Pretzel Logic is a very good album that has a lot of new sounds, powerful guitar solos and a characteristic 70's vibe that helps you to relax but gives you a good and fresh experience.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

really good album. 4.5

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

This felt similar to Aja, which I got barely a week ago. But at least to me it feels more accessible. I liked it a little bit more

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

......not bad!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Surprised it didn't recommend "Can't Buy a Thrill", whose tracks are more familiar. But this one was surprisingly quirky. I didn't get burned out on a single sound and found it pretty listenable while I worked. Rikki Don't Lose that Number was still the standout for me. Reading up on this album, you really do appreciate the quality of the studio production, and it helps to understand that isn't really a pure "rock" album but a bit of jazz fusion too.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

SD’s most effortless sounding album. Songwriting more uneven than CTE, KL, RS. Best songs on here are among the band’s best, and the performances are unassailable. Last album with original lineup, always hated the cover.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Much more funky than I remember Steely Dan being. Enjoyable, but not a go to album for me.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Very cool jams! Not too wild, perfect for hangover days.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Night by Night: Questa groova bella forte. Qualcuno dovrebbe imparà a fa gli assoli dal vecchio zio Steely me sa Barrytown: M'è piaciuta, mi piace come ogni pezzo c'ha qualche elemento di arrangiamento un po' fuori dal comune fino ad ora. East St.Lous Toodle-Oo: Bellissima! Charlie Freak: Anche questa mi piace molto, quando usi i campanelli natalizi al posto del tambourine a me mi conquisti sempre. In conclusione: Una piacevole sorpresa! Non conoscevo gli Steely Dan ma questo album mi ha davvero colpito, pensare che avevano delle sonorità così moderne nel '74 è abbastanza assurdo. L'ho trovato molto raffinato soprattutto nella composizione, il blend fusion è fatto davvero ad arte. Con certi pezzi, in particolare Night by Night non sono riuscito a non fare head banging. Non mi sento di dargli 5 solo perché alcuni pezzi li ho trovati un po' più sottotono rispetto agli altri (tipo Parker's band) e perché comunque non ho dato 5 manco ai Sonic Youth. Comunque me lo risentirò.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Very nice

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Slaps. Blues, funk and jazz.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I had listened to it before. A definite classic so smooth.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Not sure if I have ever listened to a Steeley Dan record. I liked it, it was like this classic rock dabbled with what I perceive to be a dash of blues and jazz. With a gun, Pretzel Logic, and Rikki don't lose that number really stood out to me tbh.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Good album.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

“Rikki” sets the tone as the lead off track, being smooth with some downright creepy lyrics if you really analyze them. A great album front to back, though it loses a little steam at the very end. And a great instrumental!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

A great album with a good mixture of styles form pop to jazz

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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

I guess I love Steely Dan

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Całkiem spoko, ale miejscami nudnawe

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

"Rikki Don't Lose that Number" is a great song. It's main riff comes from Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" (check it out, it is the exact same riff minus the beginning 16th note and Horace is in F while Steely Dan is in E). I love the production on the track. The acoustic guitar in the second verse always makes me smile. The rest of continues to please with a great blend of jazz and rock.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Love Steely Dan. I thought that a few of the songs were a bit short, though. That was kind of surprising to me. But still, I had always enjoyed Aja and a few of their later albums.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

The band MOR DJs turn to when they’re feeling a little edgy. So easy to listen to but surprisingly complex and subversive. I don’t pretend to understand Steely Dan but I was perfectly content listening to this album on repeat.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Steely Dan is real hit-or-miss for me. First track is Rikki Don't Lose That Number, which I can't stand. The album really picks up midway though though, their harmonies are excellent.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Good album. I always dig Steely Dan. 3.5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Good and short

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Pretty good. Even better when I make the connection with Donald Fagen - nifty! Every song was good, although Barrytown gave me major Beatles vibes. Inspiration is inspiration, though, and I don't think that takes away from anything.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Great melodies and very listenable.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

* favorite so far

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Steely Dan is a solid four star band

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Groovy dad rock

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

More and more dig this band now

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Solid Album throughout, no standout songs though. Would happily listen to again. Like "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" and "Pretzel Logic" the most

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

191121 17:30 3.5

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Enjoyed this, two listens.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

As a little kid relegated to the unsafe back-of-the-station wagon (seatbelts?) I was subject to all that AM radio (and my dad's preference) had to deliver out of the rear-wheel speaker at my ear. Something about Steely Dan kind of freaked me out and I never enjoyed their smooth mysterious ways... But hot damn those smooth mysterious ways are pretty great - took me decades to appreciate them and now just hearing the simple opening riff to "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is like a time machine - and how can a kid appreciate or understand the slightly odd jazzy *only Steely Dan* chord changes that take this pop song from simple to complex within 4 chords? Also I wouldn't have noticed how amazing this record (record. I'm listening through digital technology that couldn't have been dreamt of in the 70s) sounds - and it does sound amazing. It's at once full and clear, perfect separation of instruments, amazing musicianship. This is an album (band?) that sounds "dated" but somehow not in a negative way - more like a nostalgic slice of the 70s that celebrated creative and complex songwriting. Ironically what probably prevents me from giving this a 5 would be that some of the songs aren't as stereotypically "Steely Dan" as I'd now prefer (e.g. Barrytown doesn't seem good enough for them if that makes sense) but still overall a great listen. 8/10 4 stars.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

i actually really enjoyed this album, especially the first song! i thought it was fun and i just really liked it

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

I have been enjoying the Steely Dan on this list. This isn't my favourite one so far (that would be Aja) but it's still good

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Classic era Steely Dan, polished jazzy rock before they became ultra ultra polished and jazzy. Very good indeed. A very high 4 because it's not Aja!

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

This album is an easy listen and I liked the funky vibes on the songs

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Ooooh it's jazzy! I liked it. It was kind of whimsical and I think the writing is fun.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Hellings Steely Dan, gott stöff!

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Some funky songs here SLAPPED

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

8/10. Not my favorite Dan but it’s got a charm all it’s own

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Although one of my favorite albums is The Nightfly by Donald Fagen and I've always loved the sound of the Steely Dan hits, I've never pursued them into their deeper cuts. This was very cool, and well worthy of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." I love the touch of jazz (more than a touch on "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"!) with a soft rock vibe without being boring. It really just sounds like you'd want a Steely Dan album to sound. Lush. And the lyrics are just pretty fun. "I have never met Napoleon/ But I plan to find the time." "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" is a new favorite.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

Great album with multiple standouts and not a single bad track.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

8/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Enjoyed it more than I thought. I can see why Steely Dan gets props.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Jazz-rock animado. Está bien. Un 4.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

I once wore a pretzel as a cock ring to a circle jerk. In was a Oktoberfest at the Chelsea training ground. I was dressed in lederhosen and added the pretzel for extra detail, as was the fashion at the time. The circle jerk was a little more German than usual. The entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff all shouted "JA!" as they squirted their loads all over me. Glenn Hoddle came on my back. Later, we all went out for steins. I somehow spilt one all down my lederhosen and it became hard to tell what was bier and what was the jizz of the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff. I was dripping wet.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

steely dan back to back was okay

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Ja det här var minsann trevligt. mycket bättre än mitt minne av steely dan

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

This was really good, I enjoyed it. But Can't Buy A Thrill and Aja are definitely better.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Роцк энд ролл

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

My third favourite Steely Dan album. Their studio productions are just perfect. Also think songs are very catchy even for first time listeners.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

Funky folk by funky folk. Reminds me of Alan Parsons.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Another one of Steely Dan's greats. A little soft in places (the lyrics of Charlie Freak bordering on mawkish) but mostly solid.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

god damnit steely dan it's so good

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

"THESE PRETZELS ARE MAKING ME THIRSTY!" Sviđa mi se što čujem, kratak album - nisam očekivao s obzirom na Aja što je bio prije nekoliko tjedana. Lagani pop rock sa mrčkicom jazza strpan u 33 min. Ugodno slušanje, nije mi bolji od Aje, ali je takve kvalitete, a i cover mi se sviđa isto. Sve u svemu - poslušajte, dobar je i vjerujem da biti dovoljno ritmičan da vas navede na cupkanje.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Aja mi je bio wau. Ovo mi nije wau al svejedno jako dobar album. Željezni Dan, bravo.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

The older I get the more I appreciate (& love Steely Dan). I'm not a big fan of "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" making this album not as strong in my opinion as Aja, Countdown to Ecstacy, the Royal Scam, or Can't Buy a Thrill.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

I liked this a lot.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Steely Dan is so samey, can go through an album without blinking. But I love that one track that they play for 35 minutes, album after album after album (actually Rikki Don't Lose That Number irritates me, but the rest of the album I didn't know is fabulously crafted).

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Not gonna lie: I simply enjoy Steely Dan. I wasn't familiar with most of this album but still worked for me. Lyrically, melodically it's good. Not their best but certainly worth the time addition to my collection.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

I’ve herd of the name but I think this is the album i’am most in the dark about (so far): The album starts with Rikki don’t lose that number. It’s a decent poppy song that I think I vaguely recognise. I also enjoy the weird little intro bit before the piano crashes in. I don’t know if this is the best way to say it but night by night sounds quite “funky” , but with a nice jazz overtone. I really enjoyed the instrumental when the electric guitar came in! Any major dude will tell you is a nice pace changer a slightly more gentle song ( at the start) while still keeping the sound of this band. A good way to show the listener that they can do lots of things and still sound cohesive ( something I think other bands struggle with). The instrumental works on barrytown are very nice especially at the start. It’s probably not my favourite but that just goes to show how enjoyable it has been so far. Est st louis toodle- doo is apparently a cover track from the 1920’s it’s only instrumental but a nice way to say goodbye to side one. Parkers band on the other hand is really how to start side two a lot more energetic then most of the other songs on the album and could be seen as a second choice for an intro if Rikki don’t lose that number wasn’t here. It does feel a bit on the short end though. Through with buzz is a bit of a step down a slow short song, I mean way too short (1:30). So it could be considered there just to fill up time. The song does kinda work as an intro type song to pretzel logic though , a very well done song I love the instrumentals to this song, slight shame this is the less popular single by the looks of things. With a gun is okay like through with buzz it kinda plays more of a filler role but it’s nice enough and I don’t hate it. Charlie freak has a great short piano intro it’s quite a short song but not the shortest on here. Yeah I like this one quite a bit! As for the song monkey in your soul (the album’s closer) slows down the album to quite a nice close, it’s a nice way to finish it but it does leave me asking for more. Overall a great album to be fair until the second half it was really hard to criticise other than things like it’s not really my sound and I can’t see myself returning to it all too often but it’s still good!

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Some rockin guitar riffs goin on here. Not their best album but I can definitely see myself checking out this one again.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

04/26/2022 Music my dad would def jam to. Very easy to listen to from start to finish. It's a great one to put on while doing work, too.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

As soon as I start taking the Dan too seriously my rating goes down. The secret is to listen from the perspective of a good time which makes it all so much better. Tight as fuck bunch of studio musicians having fun with the idea of perfection.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Beautiful jazz elements. Each song offers something different. (7/10) FT: Pretzel Logic, Rikki Don't Lose That Number

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Living proof that album cover is deceiving. Adorable music!

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Listened before.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Accessible is the word that comes to mind with this album. It's smooth easy listening and if you're just playing it in the background it will be decent inoffensive dad rock. But, it also rewards really paying attention and then you pick up on the variety in instrumentation, harmonies, and the melodies changing throughout the songs. Overall a short snappy album that does what it does well.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Im lovin it

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

A Steely Dan is a Steely Dan album, but why choose this over, say, The Royal Scam? Because it has their top-charting single, duh

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

En av mina mindre favorit steely dan album…. Ändå bangerzzzz

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

One of, if not the best, album of Steely Dan.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

This is the second album that I've gotten of Steely Dan. I am enjoying this one more than the first one. I think that I have heard "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" before. This is some nice classic rock. I'm excited to listen to more of their discography.

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