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Pretzel Logic
Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.


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All Artists: Steely Dan
Title: Pretzel Logic
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 1/1/1999
Re-Release Date: 5/11/1999
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Soft Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 008811191726


Album Description
Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.

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Larry D.
Reviewed on 11/10/2010...
super CD by one of the best bands ever!
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Becky B. (leelacolorado) from DENVER, CO
Reviewed on 4/8/2007...
This is a BMG CD club reissue.
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CD Reviews

Eclectic and Different Record
David Shanet Clark | Atlanta Georgia | 04/19/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Pretzel Logic disc has jazzier and more experimental material and is probably not as familiar to most listeners as other Steely Dan albums. Very interesting song structure on "Through with Buzz" and "Barrytown" ..."Parkers' Band" is also very strong and this album doesn't have the technical (hiss/high EQ) problems of Katy Lied.......definitely a good purchase if you want to round out your collection of Steely Dan with less familiar but classic tracks."
Impressive, if not so much so as the first two
mianfei | 05/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On their first two albums, Steely Dan introduced the most literate lyrics and some complex music to turn rock into something it never was before and has very rarely been since. The story-in-song style of Fagen and Becker's songwriting sticks with a listener amazingly well over long periods, as I can testify with "Do It Again", their first song to be publicised and probably remaining their best of all time. 1973's Countdown to Ecstasy was even better, with its long, psychedelic songs and amazing lyrics that often touched on the most serious social questions.

Unfortunately "Countdown to Ecstasy" did not sell as well as their debut Can't Buy a Thrill, with the result that Steely Dan turned towards much shorter and less complex songs for their third album "Pretzel Logic". This change of tone is illustrated right from the opening track "Rikki Don't Lost That Number", which became their only hit on the Australian singles charts, and is a relatively straightforward piano ballad that lacks the amazing story-in-song character of their best work. However, with the second track "Night By Night", the Dan show that they can transform the slow-burn psychedelia of "Show Biz Kids" from their previous album onto pure pop. The precise, staccato horn riff is totally memorable, as are the lyrics. The slower "Barrytown" carries on from this with a beauty that is genuinely sly, as does the more familiar of never-played-on-radio "Any Major Dude Will Tell You". "Parker's Band" is a dense, driving piece that is amazingly tuneful: so much so that is seems as much like electrified jazz as Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman on their fusion works ever did.

"Through With Buzz" is the shortest song Steely Dan ever put onto record, but it is really funny and to the point. The same is true of the acoustic "With A Gun", but the title tune moves back to the fierce and catchy jazz/pop of the best moments earlier on "Pretzel Logic". The vocals are unusually melodic for Fagen, but are even more effective, and the story of a failed rock star is written in a way that removes almost all the usual limitations of the genre. The two guitar solos that finish "Pretzel Logic" are also specially good both for the solidity of the playing and variety in tone, with the first much lower-pitched than the second - though even the finalé solo does not rise to the high pitches common in more modern guitar solos.

All in all, even if it does not quite rise to the level of their first two albums, "Pretzel Logic" stands as another essential release by one of the great artists of the 1970s - an artist in words as much as in music."