Steely Dan, Gaucho (1980)
I have the single of Hey Nineteen and that’s a favourite – and I had Gaucho on CD (along with everything else by Steely Dan) but now, finally, I have the LP. That lovely, loping groove of Babylon Sisters (go Bernard Purdie!) and some fantastic stuff here; indicative of where Donald Fagen was about to go – solo material-wise – and the end of Steely Dan (for just over a decade; the end of a golden run). I love this album, just as I love any/all Steely Dan albums. I should imagine that the perfectionism on this record would frustrate non-fans even more than with any other Dan album. And that’s fair enough. I totally get why someone would not want to listen to Steely Dan, could be sure they’re smug and detached and seeking some strange perfection in place of heart and soul and organic feel – but I still love the shit out of this music. Grew up with it. Growing old with it too.
Sample Track: Glamour Profession
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