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SoulAlive

Steely Dan album remasters

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STEELY DAN'S CLASSIC ABC & MCA RECORDS CATALOG TO BE REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL TAPES AND REISSUED ON 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL VIA UMe AND UHQR AND SACD VIA ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS/QUALITY RECORD PRESSINGS

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Led by the songwriting and virtuoso musical duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released an extraordinary run of seven albums on ABC Records and MCA Records from 1972 through 1980. Filled with topline musicianship, clever and subversive wordplay, ironic humor, genius arrangements, and pop hits that outshone the Top 40 of its day, their records, which were as sophisticated and cerebral as they were inscrutable, were stylistically diverse, melding their love of jazz with rock, blues, and impeccable pop songcraft.


Now at long last, Steely Dan's classic ABC and MCA Records catalog will return to vinyl with an extensive yearlong reissue program of the band's first seven records, which is being personally overseen by founding member Donald Fagen. The LPs, most of which haven't been widely available since their original release, will be available on 33 1/3 RPM 180-gram black vinyl via Geffen/UMe, and as a limited-edition premium 45 RPM version on Ultra High-Quality Vinyl (UHQR) from Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds. Analogue Productions will also release this series of titles on Super Audio CD (SACD).

The series will kick off on November 4th with the album that started it all, Steely Dan's legendary 1972 debut LP, Can't Buy A Thrill, now in its 50th anniversary year, featuring the band's breakthrough hits, "Do It Again," "Reelin' in the Years," and the recently viral "Dirty Work," with original lead vocalist David Palmer.

Additional albums will roll out periodically throughout 2022 and 2023 and will include the band's sprawling 1973 sophomore LP, Countdown to Ecstasy, with such standouts as "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School," sung by Donald Fagen who took over as lead vocalist; 1974's jazzy Pretzel Logic, their first Top 10 album with the massive hit, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number;" 1975's swing-pop perfection Katy Lied, with highlights "Black Friday," "Bad Sneakers" and "Doctor Wu," and the addition of Michael McDonald on vocals; 1976's guitar-driven The Royal Scam, featuring "Kid Charlemagne" and "The Fez;" 1977's platinum-selling jazz-rock masterwork Aja, which includes the three hit singles – "Deacon Blues," Peg" and "Josie" – and the elegant title cut; and their final album for MCA, and last for 20 years, 1980's brilliant Gaucho, with "Hey Nineteen," and "Time Out Of Mind," featuring Mark Knopfler on guitar.

All albums are being meticulously remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes except for Aja, which will be mastered from an analog, non-EQ'd, tape copy, and Gaucho, which will be sourced from a 1980 analog tape copy originally EQ'd by Bob Ludwig. (There's no evidence the original tapes containing the flat mixes of Aja and Gaucho were delivered to the record label and it's presumed the tapes no longer exist.) Lacquers for UMe's standard 33 1/3 RPM 180-gram version will be cut by Alex Abrash at his renowned AA Mastering studio from high-resolution digital files of Grundman's new masters and pressed at Precision. They will be housed in reproductions of the original artwork.

The 45 RPM UHQR version will be pressed at Analogue Productions' Quality Record Pressings on 200-gram Clarity Vinyl, packaged in a deluxe box, and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a certificate of inspection. Each UHQR is pressed, using hand-selected vinyl, with attention paid to every single detail of every single record. All of the innovations introduced by QRP that have been generating such incredible critical acclaim are applied to each UHQR. The 200-gram records feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable.

The Steely Dan vinyl reissue program follows last year's release of Steely Dan's Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! and a live version of Donald Fagen's acclaimed solo album, The Nightfly Live, which were both released via UMe on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and digital. The first live Steely Dan album in more than 25 years, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! was recorded across tour dates at New York City's Beacon Theatre, The Met Philadelphia, and more, and showcases selections from Steely Dan's extraordinary catalog of slinky grooves, sleek subversive lyrics, and infectious hits. Fagen's The Nightfly Live was performed live by The Steely Dan Band.

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Reply #1 posted 09/17/22 11:03am

SoulAlive

I already pre-ordered the 'Aja' hybrid SACD and the 'Can't Buy A Thrill' vinyl smile

At long last, Steely Dan’s classic ABC and MCA Records catalog will return to vinyl with an extensive yearlong reissue program of the band’s first seven records, beginning with their debut album, "Can't Buy A Thrill," on November 4th.

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Reply #2 posted 09/17/22 11:05am

SoulAlive

(166) Big Announcement: S... - YouTube

the holidays are coming,folks smile do you have any Steely Dan fans on your Christmas shopping list?

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Reply #3 posted 09/17/22 11:22am

SoulAlive

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[Edited 9/22/22 16:27pm]

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Reply #4 posted 09/17/22 11:30am

SoulAlive

what do you guys think of those expensive UHQR vinyl sets? hmmm supposedly,the sound quality is incredible,but at $150 a pop,I think I will stick with the regular remastered vinyl biggrin but I am tempted to at least buy the Aja UHQR.That's one of the greatest albums ever and it would be nice to have the best quality version of it.

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Reply #5 posted 09/17/22 3:24pm

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Nah, I'll stick with ole 33 1/3 RPM vinyl... lol Aja! Gaucho! woot! music

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Reply #6 posted 09/17/22 8:51pm

SoulAlive

plus,those UHQR records have only 2 or 3 songs per side.Who wants to get up every few tracks to turn the record over? lol
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Reply #7 posted 09/18/22 3:22am

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Great news! I am not into collecting vinyl but Steely Dan is one of my favorite bands of all time. For now I am interested in the SACD versions, but I hope there will be digital downloads at some point of these remastered albums, as that is my prefered format these days.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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Reply #8 posted 09/20/22 3:32pm

SoulAlive

funkaholic1972 said:

Great news! I am not into collecting vinyl but Steely Dan is one of my favorite bands of all time. For now I am interested in the SACD versions, but I hope there will be digital downloads at some point of these remastered albums, as that is my prefered format these days.

I'm gonna get a few of the SACDs and a few of the vinyl versions.Their 1976 album The Royal Scam is one of my favorites.It'll be nice to have a new,freshly remastered version of that one smile

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Reply #9 posted 09/21/22 1:09pm

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SoulAlive said:

I already pre-ordered the 'Aja' hybrid SACD and the 'Can't Buy A Thrill' vinyl smile

Steely_Dan_Cant_Buy_A_Thrill.jpg?w=500

I had listened to a few tracks off this album this morning. Got to look more into it.

I just oredred Steely's Aja album and Graham Central Station Release Yourself this morning biggrin

Aja is an incredible album. A lot of fans like the Katy Lied album too but it didn't wow me right away. I'm gonna give it another listen.

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Reply #10 posted 09/21/22 1:39pm

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SoulAlive said:

funkaholic1972 said:

Great news! I am not into collecting vinyl but Steely Dan is one of my favorite bands of all time. For now I am interested in the SACD versions, but I hope there will be digital downloads at some point of these remastered albums, as that is my prefered format these days.

I'm gonna get a few of the SACDs and a few of the vinyl versions.Their 1976 album The Royal Scam is one of my favorites.It'll be nice to have a new,freshly remastered version of that one smile

The Royal Scam happens to be a favorite of mine too, fantastic album, one of their very best IMO.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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Reply #11 posted 09/21/22 1:58pm

SoulAlive

speaking of this album....do you remember in 1983 when some Dj(?) did a mashup of "Do It Again" and "Billie Jean"?

(166) Club House - Do it ... - YouTube

phunkdaddy said:

SoulAlive said:

I already pre-ordered the 'Aja' hybrid SACD and the 'Can't Buy A Thrill' vinyl smile

Steely_Dan_Cant_Buy_A_Thrill.jpg?w=500

I had listened to a few tracks off this album this morning. Got to look more into it.

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Reply #12 posted 09/21/22 1:59pm

SoulAlive

funkaholic1972 said:

SoulAlive said:

I'm gonna get a few of the SACDs and a few of the vinyl versions.Their 1976 album The Royal Scam is one of my favorites.It'll be nice to have a new,freshly remastered version of that one smile

The Royal Scam happens to be a favorite of mine too, fantastic album, one of their very best IMO.

I agree.

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Reply #13 posted 09/21/22 2:06pm

SoulAlive

"The Fez" by Steely Dan (1976) music

(166) The Fez - Steely Dan - YouTube

headbang

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Reply #14 posted 09/22/22 2:35pm

SoulAlive

'Aja' was released 45 years ago

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ ...ry Tribute

Steely Dan – Aja (2000, CD) - Discogs

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Reply #15 posted 09/22/22 4:54pm

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SoulAlive said:

'Aja' was released 45 years ago

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ ...ry Tribute

Steely Dan – Aja (2000, CD) - Discogs

One of my faves! music

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Reply #16 posted 09/23/22 2:57am

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I was born in 1972 and was spoonfed Steely Dan music by my dad since "Can't Buy Me A Thrill".

Although I like a lot of songs from their early albums, my preference is with the later albums: The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho. And Donald's solo debut "The Nightfly". It is the sophistication and jazz influences and the immaculate production that made these albums fantastic, plus the lyrics are very entertaining often. I love them and their music so much! cool

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Reply #17 posted 09/23/22 8:59am

SoulAlive

funkaholic1972 said:

I was born in 1972 and was spoonfed Steely Dan music by my dad since "Can't Buy Me A Thrill".

Although I like a lot of songs from their early albums, my preference is with the later albums: The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho. And Donald's solo debut "The Nightfly". It is the sophistication and jazz influences and the immaculate production that made these albums fantastic, plus the lyrics are very entertaining often. I love them and their music so much! cool

"sophistication" is exactly the word I would use to describe their music.The production on their albums is astonishing.I especially love the jazzy feel of those albums that you mentioned.

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Reply #18 posted 09/29/22 9:09am

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One of my top bands. They show soul has no color.

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