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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Steely Dan  (Group)
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  Наименование CD :
   Countdown To Ecstasy. Pretzel Logic



Год издания : 1973/1974

Компания звукозаписи : MCA, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Album Rock, Jazz-Rock, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

Время звучания : 1:15:19

  Комментарий (рецензия) :

CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Rock (Jazz-Rock)      

2 LP on 1 CD

## 1 - 8, 'Countdown to Ecstasy', MCA, (5*), 1973

Can't Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group's full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy. The loud guitars and pronounced backbeat of "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School" camouflage the fact that Countdown is a riskier album, musically speaking, than its predecessor. Each of its eight songs have sophisticated, jazz-inflected interludes, and apart from the bluesy vamps "Bodhisattva" and "Show Biz Kids," which sound like they were written for the stage, the songs are subtly textured. "Razor Boy," with its murmuring marimbas, and the hard-bop tribute "Your Gold Teeth" reveal Becker and Fagen's jazz roots, while the country-flavored "Pearl of the Quarter" and the ominous, skittering "King of the World" are both overlooked gems. Countdown to Ecstasy is the only time Steely Dan played it relatively straight, and its eight songs are rich with either musical or lyrical detail that their album-rock or art-rock contemporaries couldn't hope to match.

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

## 9 - 19, 'Pretzel Logic', MCA (5*), 1974

Countdown to Ecstasy wasn't half the hit that Can't Buy a Thrill was, and Steely Dan responded by trimming the lengthy instrumental jams that were scattered across Countdown and concentrating on concise songs for Pretzel Logic. While the shorter songs usually indicate a tendency toward pop conventions, that's not the case with Pretzel Logic. Instead of relying on easy hooks, Becker and Fagen assembled their most complex and cynical set of songs to date. Dense with harmonics, countermelodies and bop phrasing, Pretzel Logic is vibrant with unpredictable musical juxtapositions and snide, but very funny, wordplay. Listen to how the album's hit single, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," opens with a syncopated piano line that evolves into a graceful pop melody, or how the title track winds from a blues to a jazzy chorus - Becker and Fagen's craft has become seamless while remaining idiosyncratic and thrillingly accessible. Since the songs are now paramount, it makes sense that Pretzel Logic is less of a band-oriented album than Countdown to Ecstasy, yet it is the richest album in their catalog, one where the backhanded Dylan tribute "Barrytown" can sit comfortably next to the gorgeous "Any Major Dude Will Tell You." Steely Dan made more accomplished albums than Pretzel Logic, but they never made a better one.

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)


  Соисполнители :

Ben Benay (Guitar)
Bill Perkins (Saxophone)
David Paich (Keyboards)
David Palmer (Keyboards, Vocals)
Dean Parks (Guitar)
Denny Dias (Guitar)
Donald Fagen (Keyboards, Vocals)
Ernie Watts (Saxophone)
Jeff Baxter (Guitar)
Jeff Porcaro (Drums)
Jerome Richardson (Saxophone)
Jim Hodder (Percussion, Drums, Vocals)
John Rotella (Saxophone)
Lanny Morgan (Saxophone)
Ollie Mitchell (Trumpet)
Plas Johnson (Saxophone)
Ray Brown (Bass)
Rick Derringer (Guitar)
Timothy B. Schmit (Bass, Vocals)
Walter Becker (Bass, Guitar, Vocals)


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   1 Bodhisattva     T       0:05:19 Becker / Fagen
   2 Razor Boy     T       0:03:12 -"-
   3 The Boston Rag     T       0:05:40 -"-
   4 Your Gold Teeth     T       0:06:59 -"-
   5 Show Biz Kids     T       0:05:26 -"-
   6 My Old School     T       0:05:49 -"-
   7 Pearl Of The Quarter     T       0:03:49 -"-
   8 King Of The World     T       0:05:01 -"-
   9 Rikki Don't Lose That Number     T       0:04:33 -"-
   10 Night By Night     T       0:03:40 -"-
   11 Any Major Dude Will Tell You     T       0:03:08 -"-
   12 Barrytown     T       0:03:22 -"-
   13 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo         0:02:50 Ellington/Miley
   14 Parker's Band     T       0:02:45 Becker / Fagen
   15 Through With Buzz     T       0:01:34 -"-
   16 Pretzel Logic     T       0:04:33 -"-
   17 With A Gun     T       0:02:19 -"-
   18 Charlie Freak     T       0:02:45 -"-
   19 Monkey In Your Soul     T       0:02:34 -"-

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