Steely Dan, Greatest Hits (1978)
The first album/compilation I heard by Steely Dan – very much a case of the Greatest Hits setting you off, letting you know that you had to hear more than just this. Meaning everything on this was just sublime but that suggested that not all of the magic was here, there had to be more beyond and outside of these hits. And it’s been a lifelong love affair with the music of Steely Dan ever since. I picked up this record at university. I’m pretty sure it’s the exact thing my dad had on tape when I was really young. So many great songs. Such a great band. Great songwriters. I played this again recently, this comp. The recent memory of that wonderful gig the other year came flooding back. One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. Geeking out over Steely Dan might be incredibly nerdy but who gives a fuck. The music is wonderful, sardonic, constantly modulating. Perfect.
Sample Track: Here At The Western World
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