Sunday Big Note – Listening Session #11

The choice of this week’s Sunday Big Note was an easy one as it is also one of our webmaster’s favorites as well. Indeed, it put a smile on my face to learn that he had this very recording in his own private collection for a long time now. On Friday, October 22nd, 2010, in his post entitled “Hey Nineteen“, Barry said:

I’ve always loved Steely Dan’s music. I can see straight linear connections between both theirs and Frank Zappa’s music: the luscious brass sections (in particular with regard to Grande/Petite Wazoo, FZ’s ’88 tour, and so on), the odd chord changes (if, to put it lightly, perhaps more subtle in the case of SD), the obscure, idiosyncratic lyrics, obsessively controlled musical improvisation, above all the superb musicianship. And a sense of humor.


As I recall commenting in Barry’s post at the time:

I’ll admit, Barry, I liked the early Steely Dan, during those first few handful of albums when they were still actually a working, functioning, touring band – up until around the ‘Katy Lied’ album. After that, they were just a studio entity, and that’s around the time, as I recall, that Zappa described their music as “sterile”. I should add, too, that I’m of the opinion that if you cannot reproduce your music for a live audience, all you’ve really created is a nice sounding commodity.

Whether or not you agree with me, both Barry and myself agree that Steely Dan’s performance at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, on May 20th, 1974 gives the listener a superb live Steely Dan experience of that working band before they became a studio entity later that decade:

Intro/Bodhisattva

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The Boston Rag

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Do It Again

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Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)

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King Of The World

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Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

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Pretzel Logic

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Band Introductions

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My Old School

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Dirty Work

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Your Gold Teeth II

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Reelin’ In The Years

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Crowd And Tuning

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Show Biz Kids

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This All Too Mobile Home

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Line-up:

Donald Fagen – piano, vocals
Walter Becker – bass
Jeff Baxter – guitar
Denny Dias – guitar
Jim Hodder – drums
Jeff Porcaro – drums
Royce Jones – percussion, vocals
Michael McDonald – electric piano, vocals

6 Responses to “Sunday Big Note – Listening Session #11”

  1. Jeroen says: