The other members gradually left the band, discouraged by this and by their diminishing roles in the studio. "Josie" is a song by Steely Dan released in 1978 on their Aja album. [17][18][19] Palmer joined as a second lead vocalist because of Fagen's occasional stage fright, his reluctance to sing in front of an audience, and because the label believed that his voice was not "commercial" enough. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews and Clydie King were the preferred trio for backing vocals on the group's late 1970s albums. Becker and Fagen had planned on leaving ABC for Warner Bros. Records, but MCA claimed ownership of their music, preventing them from changing labels. [37][38][39] Meanwhile, Fagen released a solo album, The Nightfly (1982), which went platinum in both the U.S. and the U.K. and yielded the Top Twenty hit "I.G.Y. The album sold well in the United States, though without the strength of a hit single. However sitting one night discussing this topic with a 'Steely Dan-o-phile', we started trawling the cosmos for such an item. 26) and "Deacon Blues" (No. Becker and Fagen reunited for an American tour to support Kamakiriad, which sold poorly despite a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. The movie was a box-office disaster, but the song was a hit, earning Steely Dan another engineering Grammy award. Tape supplied by Ampex. They typically feature instruments such as trumpets, trombones and saxophones, although they have also used other instruments such as flutes and clarinets. [23], Pretzel Logic was the first Steely Dan album to feature Walter Becker on guitar. In 1986 Becker and Fagen performed on Zazu, an album by former model Rosie Vela produced by Gary Katz. Steely Dan's Concert History. After Fagen graduated in 1969, the two moved to Brooklyn and tried to peddle their tunes in the Brill Building in midtown Manhattan. These motifs are introduced in the Dan's first hit song, "Do It Again," which contains a description of a murderous cowboy who beats the gallows, a man taken advantage of by a cheating girlfriend, and an obsessive gambler, all of whom are unable to command their own destinies; similar themes of being trapped in a death spiral of one's own making appear throughout their catalog. 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In the summer of 2000, they began another American tour, followed by an international tour later that year. In April, they played the 12-date Reelin' In the Chips residency in Las Vegas and Southern California. [35] Becker and his family moved to Maui, where he became an "avocado rancher and self-styled critic of the contemporary scene. Mop-up & mixdown at River Sound, NYC. 15 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time. Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Can't Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan's debut album, was released in 1972. 19). 10 on the pop chart in early 1981, and "Time Out of Mind" (featuring guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits) was a moderate hit in the spring. It looks horrible! Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Radio Vaults - Best Of Steely Dan Broadcasting Live, The Very Best Of Steely Dan - Alive In America - Steely Dan Greatest Hits 2 CD Album Bundling, Decades Apart: Live On The Radio 74 & 93 (Cd Box Set), Tribute to Steely Dan: Live at Wanee 2015. [22] Porcaro played the sole drum track on one song, "Night By Night" on Pretzel Logic (Jim Gordon played drums on all the remaining tracks, and he and Porcaro both played on "Parker's Band"), reflecting Steely Dan's increasing reliance on session musicians (including Dean Parks and Rick Derringer). Mixed with Apogee 20 bit AD1000 and UV22. Fagen released his fourth album, Sunken Condos, in 2012. Distribution of "stock" copies available to the general public was apparently extremely limited;[20] the single sold so poorly that promotional copies are much more readily available than stock copies in today's collectors market. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. His girlfriend died of a drug overdose in their Upper West Side apartment, and he was sued for $17 million. Becker and Fagen were unhappy with some of the performances on the record and believed that it sold poorly because it had been recorded hastily on tour. "[53] After Becker's death, Steely Dan honored commitments to perform a short North American tour in October 2017 and three concert dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland for Bluesfest on a double bill with the Doobie Brothers. In an interview (1995), Becker and Fagen called the songs "stinko. The song was written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagan. Their fortunes changed when one of Vance's associates, Gary Katz, moved to Los Angeles to become a staff producer for ABC Records. Special attention is given to the individual sound of each instrument. Also realizing that their songs were too complex for other ABC artists, at Katz's suggestion Becker and Fagen formed their own band with guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer, and Katz signed them to ABC as recording artists. Blending elements of rock, jazz, latin music, R&B, blues[3] and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. [25] Katy Lied also included "Doctor Wu" and "Chain Lightning". They played covers of songs by The Rolling Stones ("Dandelion"), Moby Grape ("Hey Grandma"), and Willie Dixon ("Spoonful"), as well as some original compositions. Katz would produce all their 1970s albums in collaboration with engineer Roger Nichols. Striving for perfection, Becker and Fagen sometimes asked musicians to record as many as forty takes of each track. [50] Due to illness, Becker did not play Steely Dan's two Classics East and West concerts at Dodger Stadium and Citi Field in July. Partly because of Donald Fagen's reluctance to sing onstage, partly due to he and Walter Becker's perfectionism, and partly because the pairs' compositions and arrangements were so complex - requiring all manner of studio hardware to reproduce - Steely Dan played very few live concerts during their early career, indeed by the middle of 1974 they had given up touring entirely. Although some of these songs ("Caves of Altamira", "Brooklyn", "Barrytown") were re-recorded for Steely Dan albums, most were never officially released. "[11] Discovering that they enjoyed similar music, the two began writing songs together. The band was formed by Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar, bass), who met in 1967 while both attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and began a songwriting partnership shortly thereafter. ~ Steely Dan producer Gary Katz regarding Roger Nichols' role in the band's recording legacy. "Name dropping" is another Steely Dan lyrical device; references to real places and people abound in their songs. Enjoy this live rendition of Steely Dan performing "Josie". [61], On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Steely Dan among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[62]. For example, expressed "love" is actually about prostitution ("Pearl of the Quarter"), incest ("Cousin Dupree"), pornography ("Everyone's Gone to the Movies"), or some other socially unacceptable subject. The Art Crimes Tour followed, including dates in the United States, Japan, and their first European shows in 22 years. [64][65][66] Other common chords used by Steely Dan include slash chords for example Bb/C or E7/A. Becker sang lead vocals on a Steely Dan studio album for the first time ("Slang of Ages" — he had sung lead on his own "Book of Liars" on Alive in America). Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. In particular, they are known for their use of the add 2 chord, a type of added tone chord, which they nicknamed the mu major. Official Steely Dan website, including tour dates, news and updates. "[21] "Dallas" was later covered by Poco on their Head Over Heels album. [41] The two rekindled their friendship and held songwriting sessions between 1986 and 1987, leaving the results unfinished. The tour featured guitarist Jon Herington, who would go on to play with the band over the next two decades. Characters appear in their songs that evoke these cities. [63] Other backing vocalists include Timothy B. Schmit, Tawatha Agee, Brenda White-King, Carolyn Leonhart, Janice Pendarvis, Catherine Russell, Cynthia Calhoun, Victoria Cave, Cindy Mizelle, and Jeff Young. In 2000 Steely Dan released their first studio album in 20 years: Two Against Nature. Steely Dan also performed at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with an accompanying orchestra. Though the band didn't perform live between 1974 and 1993, Steely Dan's popularity continued to grow throughout the '70s, as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of AOR and pop radio stations. Pretzel Logic was released in early 1974. Featuring Michael McDonald's backing vocals, "Peg" (No. We find out that live, Walter Becker is an even better bassist than those early albums. In 1988 Fagen wrote the score of Bright Lights, Big City and a song for its soundtrack, but otherwise recorded little. That year Becker released his debut solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack, which Fagen co-produced. Steely Dan returned to annual touring that year with the Steelyard "Sugartooth" McDan and The Fab-Originees.com Tour. In 1995 they released a live CD, Alive in America, compiled from recordings of several 1993 and 1994 concerts. Becker and Fagen recruited a diverse group of session players for Katy Lied (1975), including Porcaro, Paich, and McDonald, as well as guitarist Elliott Randall, jazz saxophonist Phil Woods, saxophonist/bass-guitarist Wilton Felder, percussionist/vibraphonist/keyboardist Victor Feldman, keyboardist (and later producer) Michael Omartian, and guitarist Larry Carlton—Dias, Becker, and Fagen being Steely Dan's only original members. Steely Dan - Robert Klein Interview 12/15/1980 - Part 2. There's a problem loading this menu right now. He wrote the No. Donald Fagen's voice is consistently strong (we'll get to later shortly) and his keyboard solos impressive. Thematically, Steely Dan creates a universe peopled by losers, creeps and failed dreamers, often victims of their own obsessions and delusions. The Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour began in July 2013 and featured an eight-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. [42] On October 23, 1991, Becker attended a concert by New York Rock and Soul Revue, co-founded by Fagen and producer/singer Libby Titus (who was for many years the partner of Levon Helm of The Band and would later become Fagen's wife), and spontaneously performed with the group. Fans of Beat Generation literature, Fagen and Becker named the band after a "revolutionary" steam-powered dildo mentioned in the William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch. In 2009 Steely Dan toured Europe and America extensively in their Left Bank Holiday and Rent Party Tour, alternating between standard one-date concerts at large venues and multi-night theater shows that featured performances of The Royal Scam, Aja, or Gaucho in their entirety on certain nights. He was extraordinary in his willingness and desire to make records sound better. Those familiar with Steely Dan's official live release from this era,"Alive in America", will find this performance much more up-beat, & with many more tunes to enjoy. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Steely Dan (Donald Fagen & Walter Becker along with many incredibly talented contributing musicians) deserve their own playlist. After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following[3] remained devoted to the group. The Royal Scam was released in May 1976. [31] The album's history was documented in an episode of the TV and DVD series Classic Albums. Because of Fagen's reluctance to sing live, Palmer handled most of the vocal duties on stage. Steely Dan's sixth album, the jazz-influenced Aja, was released in September 1977. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies".[4]. ", The band also often name-checks drinks, typically alcoholic, in their songs: rum and cokes ("Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More"), piña coladas ("Bad Sneakers"), zombies ("Haitian Divorce"), black cows ("Black Cow"), Scotch whisky ("Deacon Blues"), retsina ("Home at Last"), grapefruit wine ("FM"), cherry wine ("Time Out of Mind"), Cuervo Gold ("Hey Nineteen"), kirschwasser ("Babylon Sisters"), Tanqueray ("Lunch with Gina"), Cuban breeze (Fagen's solo track "The Goodbye Look"), and margaritas ("Everything Must Go") are all mentioned in Steely Dan lyrics. Donald Fagan is bringing Steely Dan out on the road again in 2021, and he's bringing along Steve Winwood to make the "Earth After Hours" Tour the AOR concert of the year! 6 and No. Becker and Fagen joined the touring band of Jay and the Americans for about a year and a half. He hired Becker and Fagen as staff songwriters; they flew to California. In the early 1990s they each put out new solo albums, occasionally performed together onstage, and ultimately toured as Steely Dan, releasing a live album in 1995. Read Full Biography. [43], To complete his Nightfly trilogy, Fagen issued Morph the Cat in 2006. [11] Terence Boylan, another Bard musician, remembered that Fagen took readily to the beatnik life while attending college: "They never came out of their room, they stayed up all night. After this activity, Becker and Fagen returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. Becker and Fagen met in 1967 at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. It features such jazz and fusion luminaries as guitarists Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour; bassist Chuck Rainey; saxophonists Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb, and Tom Scott; drummers Steve Gadd, Rick Marotta and Bernard Purdie; pianist Joe Sample and ex-Miles Davis pianist/vibraphonist Victor Feldman and Grammy award-winning producer/arranger Michael Omartian (piano). [72][73] Jazz is a recurring theme, and there are numerous other film, television and literary references and allusions, such as "Home at Last" (from Aja), which was inspired by Homer's Odyssey.[74]. Live on Tour with Steve Winwood! Misfortune struck early when an assistant engineer accidentally erased most of "The Second Arrangement", a favorite track of Katz and Nichols,[33] which was never recovered. The Steely Dan shows at ACL Live on May 26, 2020 and May 27, 2020 have been rescheduled to June 13, 2021 and June 14, 2021. That year Becker released a second album, Circus Money, produced by Larry Klein and inspired by Jamaican music. [9] Rolling Stone ranked them No. During this tour, Fagen introduced himself as "Rick Strauss" and Becker as "Frank Poulenc". 4 on the Billboard Hot 100), and a note-for-note rendition of Duke Ellington and James "Bubber" Miley's "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo". Fans with tickets to the previously announced 2020 dates are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as they will be honored for the new dates. Fagen’s first solo album, The Nightfly (1982), recaptured many of Steely Dan’s strengths; Becker produced albums for various artists. Nichols would win six Grammy Awards for his work with the band from the 1970s to 2001.[16]. Kenny Vance (of Jay and the Americans), who had a production office in the building, took an interest in their music, which led to work on the soundtrack of the low-budget Richard Pryor film You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat. In the UK the single "Haitian Divorce" (Top 20) drove album sales, becoming Steely Dan's first major hit there. Becker later said bluntly, "We did it for the money. Steely Dan is bringing their new "Earth After Hours" Tour to venues across the country! In 2003 Steely Dan released Everything Must Go. "[36] He stopped using drugs, which he had used for most of his career. I assumed that since the DVD information said this was a "widescreen" concert it would be filmed and presented in 16x9. Palmer quietly left the group while it recorded its second album. Still more legal trouble was to come. If you are unable to attend the new date, you will be able to request a refund. He occasionally did production work for other artists, as did Becker. Horn arrangements have been used on songs from all Steely Dan albums. [75], Steely Dan Madness: Walking the Tightrole in Star City (1974 interview & profile). Explore Steely Dan tour schedules, latest setlist, videos, and more on livenation.com It was his first solo release unrelated to the Nightfly trilogy. For their new album Everything Must Go, however, they've returned to analogue tape and live band recording. "[11] Fagen himself would later remember it as "probably the only time in my life that I actually had friends."[12]. In the song "Everyone's Gone to the Movies," the line "I know you're used to 16 or more, sorry we only have eight" refers not to the count of some article, but to 8 mm film, which was lower quality than 16 mm or larger formats and often used for pornography, underscoring the illicitness of Mr. LaPage's movie parties.[69]. In contrast to their earlier work, they had tried to write music that captured a live feel. Released in 1973, Countdown to Ecstasy was not as commercially successful as Steely Dan's first album. Fewer session musicians played on Everything Must Go than had become typical of Steely Dan albums: Becker played bass on every track and lead guitar on five tracks; Fagen added piano, electric piano, organ, synthesizers, and percussion on top of his vocals; touring drummer Keith Carlock played on every track. During the first tour, however, Katz and Becker decided that they preferred Fagen's interpretations of the band's songs, persuading him to take over. [56] Fagen filed a counter suit, arguing that the band had drawn up plans in 1972 stating that band members leaving the band or dying relinquish shares of the band's output to the surviving members. [11] In an interview, Fagen recounted the experience: "I hear this guy practicing, and it sounded very professional and contemporary. All previously purchased tickets for May 26, 2020 will be honored for June 13, 2021, and tickets purchased for May 27, 2020 will be honored for June 14, 2021. [54] The band played its first concert following Becker's death in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on October 13. [70] Many of their songs concern love, but typical of Steely Dan songs is an ironic or disturbing twist in the lyrics that reveals a darker reality. Becker produced Fagen's second solo album, Kamakiriad, in 1993. The next year, MCA released Citizen Steely Dan, a boxed set featuring their entire catalog (except their debut single "Dallas"/"Sail The Waterway") on four CDs, plus four extra tracks: "Here at the Western World" (originally released on 1978's "Greatest Hits"), "FM" (1978 single), a 1971 demo of "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" and "Bodhisattva (live)", the latter recorded on a cassette in 1974 and released as a B-side in 1980. Turmoil in Becker's personal life also interfered. The song "My Old School" is an example, referring to Annandale (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, is home to Bard College, which both attended and where they met), and the Two Against Nature album (2000) contains numerous references to the duo's original region, the New York metro area, including the district of Gramercy Park, the Strand Bookstore, and the upscale food store Dean & DeLuca. Quietly left the group 's twenty-year hiatus after Gaucho Carole King Fagen wrote the score of Bright Lights Big! 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