Steely Dan

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Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop. Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972, the band enjoyed great critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". Steely Dan reunited in 1993 and has toured steadily ever since.

Recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, Steely Dan's music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies. Becker and Fagen are whimsical, often sarcastic lyricists, having written "cerebral, wry and eccentric" songs about drugs, love affairs, gambling, and crime. The pair is also known for their near-obsessive perfectionism in the recording studio: Over the year they took to record Gaucho (1980), an album of just seven songs, Becker and Fagen hired at least 42 studio musicians and 11 engineers.

Steely Dan toured from 1972 to 1974 before retiring from live performances, becoming a studio-only band. After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993 Steely Dan has released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001.

In a VH1 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Steely Dan were listed at #82.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Can’t Buy a Thrill Steely Dan 5 12
1973 Countdown to Ecstasy Steely Dan 5 9
1974 Pretzel Logic Steely Dan 5 9
1975 Katy Lied Steely Dan 5 9
1976 The Royal Scam Steely Dan 4.35 7
1977 Aja Steely Dan 4.5 18
1980 Gaucho Steely Dan 4.5 15
1980 Greatest Hits Steely Dan 1
1980 The Gaucho Outtakes Steely Dan 1
1989 You Go Where I Go Steely Dan feat. Walter Becker & Donald Fagen 1
1991 Stone Piano Steely Dan 1
1994 Steely Dan: The Early Years Steely Dan 1
1997 The Root of Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
2000 Two Against Nature Steely Dan 3 5
2003 Everything Must Go Steely Dan 2
2005 Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Marian McPartland with guest Steely Dan 1
Android Warehouse Steely Dan 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Greatest Hits Steely Dan 2
1982 Gold Steely Dan 4
1985 A Decade of Steely Dan Steely Dan 5
1985 Berry Town Steely Dan 1
1985 Sun Mountain Steely Dan 1
1985 The Best of Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
1987 Old Regime Steely Dan 1
1987 The Very Best of Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
1993 Citizen Steely Dan: 1972–1980 Steely Dan 1
1993 Remastered: The Best of Steely Dan, Then and Now Steely Dan 5 3
1994 Becker & Fagan From Steely Dan Collection Steely Dan 4 1
1994 Roaring of the Lamb Steely Dan 2
1998 The Early Years Steely Dan 1
2000 Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story Steely Dan 1
2000 Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
2000 The Steely Dan Collection Steely Dan 1
2006 The Definitive Collection Steely Dan 1
2007 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
2008 The Very Best of Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
2009 The Very Best of Steely Dan Steely Dan 1
2010 Collected Steely Dan 1
2010 Can’t Buy a Thrill / Gaucho Steely Dan 4 1
Android Warehouse (The Early Years) Steely Dan 1
Art Crimes Steely Dan 1
The Early Years Steely Dan 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Alive in America Steely Dan 5 2
2000 Two Against Nature Steely Dan 1
1974-03-20: KMET- Live: The Record Plant, Los Angeles, USA Steely Dan 1
1974-04-30: Memphis, TN, USA Steely Dan 1
1993-09-01: Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO, USA Steely Dan 1
1994-09-17: Irvine, CA, USA Steely Dan 1
1996-07-21: Manassas, VA, USA Steely Dan 1
2000-01: Two Aginst Nature: Sony Studios, New York, USA Steely Dan 3 1
2003-08-11: Detroit, MI, USA Steely Dan 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Hey Nineteen Steely Dan 1
2000 Cousin Dupree Steely Dan 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 + Fours Steely Dan 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Katy Lied Outtakes Steely Dan 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 1974-07-01: Live at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA Steely Dan 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009-06-25: Left Bank Holiday 2009: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands Steely Dan 1

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