Steely Dan, a band like no other. If you are a music fan you most likely have an opinion of them. You may not have known much about jazz, but they heavily brought it to the masses in the FM world of the seventies. You might have been immersed into the sounds of southern California singer-songwriters, or southern rock, or acid rock, or British invasion stuff. There in the midst of all of that emerged a sound that was urban and distant. To me, Steely Dan jumped out of all of this. Even though Reelin’ In The Years was close to what I was used to, Do It Again was not. I bought a cassette of Can’t Buy A Thrill, and admittedly, beyond what was on the radio, it wasn’t what I was accustomed to hearing—it was different but captivating. There was such perfection in the recording and orchestration and such a clean sound.
Critics and those who don’t appreciate their music complain about the stolen jazz riffs and ironic commentary. I am one who appreciates their ability to focus on a vision and demand it from themselves—and umpteen studio musicians to deliver a product that is flawless and exacting. Included with this are two short vlogs about their music. Enjoy.