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A Decade of Steely Dan
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
The notion of a Steely Dan greatest-hits collection is suspect at best, if only because their biggest public successes ("Reelin' in the Years" from Can't Buy a Thrill, Pretzel Logic's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and Aj... more »
The notion of a Steely Dan greatest-hits collection is suspect at best, if only because their biggest public successes ("Reelin' in the Years" from Can't Buy a Thrill, Pretzel Logic's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and Aja's "Peg") are also in many ways their least typical. Indeed, after the craft-conscious "Thrill," the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen showed an almost perverse penchant for swimming against the prevailing pop current, despite the protestations of numbskull critics who Didn't Get It in a big way. That said, here's the duo's best-known public works and radio fodder (including all of the above), a sampler that will satisfy the hit-hungry and tempt the less acquainted to sample B&F's more colorful musical adventures. --Jerry McCulley
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ALMOST ESSENTIAL STEELY DAN
JON STRICKLAND | Smithfield, NC United States | 12/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At least 12 tracks are most apt in this collection. Almost all of the landmark tunes are present. You have the early hits Do It Again and Reeling in the Years, as well as the Adult Contemporary standards F.M., Peg and Hey Nineteen. They are excellent, for they comprise some of Steely Dan's most essential moments.
I will give the content of A Decade of Steely Dan 4 ½ stars instead of the unequivocal 5. Why? Because Bodhisattva and East St. Louis Toodle are throwaway tracks and do not suitably reflect the artistry of the highly talented Fagen/Becker duo. The title track from the Aja album and Dirty Work, instead, would make this a most complete disc.