Yo Kanye, I’m really happy for you, imma let you finish, but Steely Dan recorded some of the best studio music of ALL TIME!

10 Oct

Steely Dan with their general lack of touring, love of Jazz, and frequent anti social behavior are understandably often left out of conversations about bands that are awesome. In their heyday, they stopped touring completely so they could devote all their time to song writing, recording, and shooting heroin.
Did You Know that Steely Dan is named after a Strap On Dildo?

Did You Know that Steely Dan is named after a Strap-On Dildo?

This combo, however, resulted in some of the best studio albums of all time…Sorry Kanye.
To give an example of their perfectionism in the studio here are some facts from their album Gaucho:
  • 42 studio musicians
  • 11 sound engineers
  • Over 1 year recording
  • Just 7 Songs on the album
Listening to these songs you can hear a painstaking attention to detail that rarely exists in musicianship, besides of course Spank Rock. The layers of sound are phenomenal and the different instrument parts reflect high musical talent but also often subtlety, something that usually doesn’t sell records. In Steely Dan’s case it did, forming a cult following and indie status that came not from the fact they were indie but ridiculously good and non commercial.
Also fun fact: Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan and Walter Becker’s first group was called The Leather Canary and featured Chevy Chase on drums. If Chevy Chase was as good at playing drums as he was at being funny I’m assuming Steely Dan dodged a bullet. I mean listen to the drums on Steely Dan, its insane, no offense Chevy but a little out of your league.
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One Response to “Yo Kanye, I’m really happy for you, imma let you finish, but Steely Dan recorded some of the best studio music of ALL TIME!”

  1. tgoodloe July 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM #

    It amazes me how few of the players in Steely Dan were actually members of the band. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steely Dan’s work for the first eight years of their career. But this group was dependent on outside talent to give flavor to their best songs.

    http://eightrackmind.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/a-band-of-session-players-steely-dans-catalog-p-1/

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