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Album : Steely Dan – Katy Lied

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This album was just more music from a band that CB was digging more and more. They had their own sound and it just appealed to me. The album fades in like the band has been playing and you’ve just walked in on them. ‘Black Friday’ starts the trip and it just keeps going. Great groove on ‘Daddy Don’t Live in NY City ..’ Fagen’s lyrics are some of my favorites and throughout the record he stirs up images with his word play. Try getting the ‘Dr Wu’ lyric out of your head. Some nice sax work on this one. I’m a sucker for women’s names and SD does it a couple time on this album.

‘Everyone’s Gone To the Movies’ opens side two with the song’s main character Mr Lapages up there in Uncle Ernie territory. ‘Gold Teeth’ (SD and Zappa always caught me the same) is another great lyric by Fagen. Just a great image for CB. Some real nice jazz guitar licks on this one. Love the cut. Hit CB’s jazz bone. ‘Chain Lightning’ is just a smooth groove with that Steely Dan sound. Again some nice guitar work.

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‘Katy Lied’ just solidified Steely Dan’s hold on me. So much good music on this one. The playing is top notch. Musical ideas coming together. The Fagen /Becker combo just works for me. They know how to use the musicians around them to put some really good tunes together. Not a bad cut. Dan and Zappa were leading CB into jazz territory. I found a lot of similarities in their music especially the guitar work and how they used the guest musicians. Great album. It goes by quick.

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38 comments on “Album : Steely Dan – Katy Lied

  1. Aphoristical
    June 23, 2019

    This is my least favourite of their first six, but it still has Black Friday and Doctor Wu – heck of a good run. My wife had a friend at school named Katy Lyde – wonder if her parents were Dan fans?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 23, 2019

      I get something out of all of them.m ‘Royal Scam’ up next.
      Katy Lyde, I like that.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 23, 2019

        The Royal Scam is one of my favourites; I like how it has Bernard Purdie and Larry Carlton all over it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 23, 2019

        I’ll have to look at the credits to refresh myself. One of the things I like to do when listening. I have to pop up and check out various playing. Like on this record, Phil woods does some nice sax work which I forgot about. Phil is all over my music stack

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      • Aphoristical
        June 25, 2019

        His most famous moment is Billy Joel’s ‘Just The Way You Are’, right?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2019

        I did not know that. I just listened to it and that is a tasty solo. Billy, Billy Billy … I don’t know what to say Aph. It’s like Sonny Rollins on the Stones ‘Waiting For A Friend’ except I like their song better.
        Music Enthusiast turned me onto the guitar solos on ‘Hotel California’. I had never listened to the song that far. CB is getting a music education from all you experts.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 26, 2019

        The guitars (and harmonies) are the best bits about the Eagles. Felder, Walsh, and Leadon are all very good musicians. ‘Journey of the Sorcerer’ is an Eagles instrumental that non-fans often enjoy.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2019

        I will check that out on your recommendation. It’s like I heard a Rush instrumental and had no idea. I rally liked it Sometimes certain vocals just push me away

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      • Aphoristical
        June 26, 2019

        I’m not a big Rush guy, although they have their moments, especially in the 1980s when Lee sang a bit lower. Don’t know if any vocalist could save ‘The Trees’.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 26, 2019

        One persons ear candy is an others fingernails on a chalkboard.
        Now you have we going to listen to The Trees.
        Just got back from the listen. Yup I can’t do it. 60 seconds top.

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      • Aphoristical
        June 26, 2019

        There is trouble in the maples.

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  2. Jim S.
    June 23, 2019

    I was walking around a store yesterday that was playing music over the PA. The tune I heard was “Bad Sneakers,” which is one of my favorites. Becker’s solo guitar in it is sublime and I learned it in tribute to him when he died. Great album and “Chain Lightning” is one of the coolest-sounding songs ever.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 23, 2019

      Isn’t nice when that kinda of tune comes on because you could easily get a nasty one.
      Agree on all that. SD were such a good band especially those first albums.

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      • Jim S.
        June 23, 2019

        It’s a mixed bag at that store. Depends on who’s programming it I guess. Sometimes there’s great rock; sometimes there’s CB’s personal favorite, disco.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 23, 2019

        New country hits would be nice.

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      • Jim S.
        June 23, 2019

        Sure, we got all your big hat guys right here.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    June 23, 2019

    I love this album too. The Dr. Wu song is my fave on it.

    What’s your favorite Dan album? Mine is Countdown To Ecstasy.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 23, 2019

      It’s one big pool for me Neil. ”Ecstasy’ is a real good one. So is ‘Royal Scam’.
      Maybe we can duet on Dr Wu someday.

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    June 24, 2019

    Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were just absolute geniuses, who also surrounded themselves with outstanding session musicians. Fagen is still in pretty good shape. I saw him with Steely Dan twice last year.

    My no. Dan album without question is Aja. I literally dig every tune on that one. All their other records including Katy Lied are fantastic as well.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 24, 2019

      Aja is definitely one of my favorite records, It was kinda building towards that one. I kinda look at the whole body of work. What a consistent output.

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  5. J.
    June 24, 2019

    I’m just getting to know Steely Dan. Taking my time, but this one is up next I believe (currently getting to know Pretzel Logic).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 24, 2019

      Here’s the thing with ‘Pretzel’ it’s the one album by them that I have played the least not because it’s not as good as the others but because,it got shuffled down in my record pile. It is the only one I didn’t update to CD and tape so it didn’t get the spins. I am going to take care of that pronto. There is some real good stuff on that one. Thanks fella.
      Great fold out cover plus I love those street pretzels.

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      • J.
        June 24, 2019

        I have a few albums like that (though the other way round – have on CD and haven’t yet bought the LP!). But aye, I’m fairly impressed by Steely Dan. Or at least what I’ve heard.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 24, 2019

        I have Pretzel all cued up ready to go. Steely Dan’s albums are all solid up to Aja. Definitely have their own sound.

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      • J.
        June 25, 2019

        Aka was the only one I listened to out of sequence (first!) and I felt a tad unmoved. Figured I’d listen to what came before it and perhaps appreciate it differently.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 25, 2019

        Yeah that’s how I came to it. I ate up the previous ones. All good. I get hooked onto different ones at different times like Pete said. I really ate up Royal Scam when it was released.
        I listened to Pretzel tonight and enjoyed it. Been a while.
        You’re a lot like me with your listening. It’s ok to read what people say but the proof is always in the listening. Let the old ears decide. Aja gets some pretty glowing reviews but I sometimes wonder if some people are aping the opinion. My ears like that record.

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      • J.
        June 25, 2019

        I love hearing an album or artist that others have recommended and digging it right off the bat. That impact of listening to something for the first time and feeling like “this is it!”. I’d it doesn’t connect, but I feel something, I’ll put it down and see what they had out there previously and jump in at the start or with an album thats cover or title grab me.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 25, 2019

        Yeah same here for the most part.
        Casual But Smart is doing a cool thing on his site. He’s going through some top 100 Best lists (Albums/Films) and giving his honest take. Punching holes in some sacred cows. He gives the gears to a few that I dig. I’m enjoying his style. Fresh eyes and not being swayed by popular thought.

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      • J.
        June 25, 2019

        I think sometimes when you move beyond the importance/ impact of an album / film at the time, someone new to it can shrug it off, eh?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 25, 2019

        There’s certain music/film that I just don’t get. People enjoy it but it just doesn’t reach me. I’ve tried but the old ear and senses just wont take.
        A chat for the pub some day.

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      • J.
        June 25, 2019

        Same. I can certainly appreciate the craft and the likes, but sometimes it’s just not for me.

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  6. greenpete58
    June 24, 2019

    This is my current favorite Dan album. (They keep shifting!) Supposedly, Fagen and Becker refused to listen to it because they were unhappy with the audio quality. My own ears aren’t that precise, I just love the music and lyrics. “Your Gold Teeth II” might be my favorite Dan cut. Jazzy and sophisticated without being pretentious, with a melodic guitar solo by Denny Dias that’s a study in taste and understatement.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 24, 2019

      I can’t argue with any of that. The boys refusing to listen and not being happy on what they heard. Always thinking how it could have been better. Mn, sounds good to me. ‘Gold Teeth” is in my head now.

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  7. Vinyl Connection
    June 30, 2019

    Hitting ‘the jazz bone’ is a neat phrase, CB. There isn’t a Dan album I don’t like (I think Pretzel Logic would be my least favourite). And like you, I’m in and cheering by halfway through “Black Friday”. After all, I have nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 30, 2019

      With you on the SD comment. It’s like one big pool of goodness.
      I knew it! That’s what you do all day, feeding those damn roos. We feed grizzlies here but you only do it once because you are the meal.

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  8. BuriedOnMars
    July 26, 2019

    Not to spoil some upcoming pickup vids too much but Sarah and I have been grabbing all of the Steely Dan that we can find.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 26, 2019

      Man are you two ever expanding that listening world. SD will be a nice addition. Yeah, I have it all on most formats.

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