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Countdown to Ecstacy-Rema Original recording remastered
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Their second release was their second straight Top 40 album-and their second album in a row with two charting singles, Show Biz Kids and My Old School . None of the album's songs charted particularly high, but if you're a Dan fan, you know that this 1973 album is maybe their best ever. Features original notes and lyrics plus new notes, remastered sound and an unbeatable price.
The only element of sophomore slump in Steely Dan's second album was the disappointing sales response upon its initial release in 1974. Musically, Countdown to Ecstasy is even stronger than the Dan's terrific debut, pushing the musical envelope with more complex jazz harmonies and intricate time signatures, and carrying their lyrics into even more shadowy realms peppered with sci-fi imagery and street-level slang. The songs are stunning, from the opening blast of "Boddhisattva", a Zen boogie fuelled by Denny Dias's and Jeff Baxter's angular, bopping guitars, to the post-nuclear apocalypse of "King of the World". In between, they deliver the one-two punch of "Show Biz Kids", with its perfect snapshot of affluent decadence, and "My Old School", in which college daze is remembered through a collision of staccato guitar and blazing horns. --Sam Sutherland
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1. The MASS exposure of the two songs on each and every one of their compilations and on classic rock radio. You know which ones I'm referring to. Hint: I didn't name them in the 1st paragraph. If you don't know....
GO BUY THE ALBUMS AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!!
2. I'm not big into "Pearl of the Quarter", which boasts a New Orleans- influenced sound that Becker and Fagen chose not to revisit.
But the Dan sounds like a rock band for the first and only time on this album, and if you want a good portrait of why they became a staple on rock radio then and now, one spin will reveal all the reasons. How can any true rock fan live without those four songs I mentioned earlier???? Can you write a song as complex as "Boston Rag"? Can you play Denny Dias' guitar parts on "Bodhisattva"? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT.
NOTE: IF YOU LIKE THIS AND "PRETZEL LOGIC", YOU NEED, AND I WILL EMPHATICALLY RESTATE, NEED RECORD PLANT '74. GO FIND IT.
I already own the box set, and wanted to upgrade to the remastered CD's because of good reviews on the "improved" sound. The remastering is subtle - the sound is cleaner, clearer and has more depth, but has retained all the dynamics without being overly loud or bright. However, without a hi-fi stereo system, I doubt most people would notice any improvement over the oringal CD's or the box set - previously released versions already sounded quite good. So, it's an unnecessary purchase for most people(hence, my reason for deducting one star).
The remastered version includes lyrics and extra running commentary, which is continued on each successive CD.
Final verdict - it's a good Steely Dan album, if you haven't already got it. If you already own the 1993 box set, you don't need this remaster.
Most recent customer reviews
Back in 1973 a number of fantastic albums arrived, and this is one.
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Just listen people, I have been listening to this album since it came out and beleive you me, there have been very few since that can even come close. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by glen paul bradley
spin doctors rule steely dan rules aja = a hint of commercial gaucho = sickaningly commercial and that was over 20 years ago just imagine how bad they are nowPublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Mary Bennett
As the 1970s fade into the memory holes of increasingly aging and forgetful baby boomers, certain musical accomplishments of that era stand out as truly timeless. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by John Stodder